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Take A Seat was a success!

October 26, 2014 by  

After doing years of our highly successful fund raising event, “Tableau”, Arizona was excited to participate with chapters across the country to be part of a much bigger event that helps even more people, Take A Seat. Our first annual Gala Auction was held on October 11, 2014 at The Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.

The 2014 Take A Seat charity theme is “Helping Heroes at Home.” We chose Military Assistance Mission as our charity because MAM represents one of the core values that is so important to our members- making a difference in our local community. Another key factor in our selection process was that they have a really low overhead with 88% of donations actually helping those in need. They operate very lean, so they can give more- just like us!

Margy Bons has been helping our troops since she lost her oldest son, Michael in Iraq on May 7, 2005. Her passion to help those who fight for our freedom can not be measured. “We are all one big family and until that service member can get home, we have to step up to the plate to support those that are left behind. Please help us by supporting Military Assistance Mission so that we can help those Arizona families.”- Margy Bons.

Our Emcee for the evening was- Nicole Crites, morning anchor on KPHO CBS5. Award winning and Emmy nominated for her breaking news and feature reports. Nicole was the perfect choice as she also actively serves on the board for our beneficiary, Military Assistance Mission. Supporting Arizona and her community are of utmost importance as she is a Tucson native and mother of two.

Fund raising efforts and auction bidding were conducted by Josh Levine of J.Levine Auction and Appraisal. You’ve likely seen Mr. Levine on any number of Arizona’s morning shows as he is very active in the community, whether he’s promoting a new collection or donating his time to a worthy cause. J. Levine Auction’s facility is one of the largest, under-roof auction houses in the Southwest, spanning over 16,000 square feet and specializes in estate, fine art and collectible items.Mr. Levine’s experience in refinishing, refurbishing and appraising fine art and furniture make him a perfect choice for our event. Not to mention his wit and charm!

Thank you to everyone for your participation in and support of the 2014 IFDA Take a Seat exhibition.  We are happy to tell you that we are able to donate ­­­­­­$13,500 to Military Assistance Mission from the IFDA Arizona exhibition.   For our first TAS event, we consider this a tremendous success!

The New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Florida and Northern California chapters also raised thousands of dollars to support the Helping Heroes at Home initiative.  Our industry is all about home and living environments and you stepped up to help those who have already given so much.  Thank you!

The special talents that everyone brought to this project were amazing and are documented in our online media.  We hope you’ll enjoy seeing the entries from the other chapters on the Take a Seat Facebook page and the Take a Seat website.  Clearly, everyone had a unique vision!



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