TORONTO, November 6, 2018 - Furniture Bank, the charity and social enterprise based in Toronto, announced a major capacity-building gift at a their 8th annual Chair Affair gala event this past Friday night.
Held at Casalife in Etobicoke, the bustling evening was hosted by HGTV's Todd Talbot and featured performances by JUNO award-winning jazz crooner Matt Dusk with food prepared by Chef Michael Smith among others. Guests in attendance included the who’s who of the interior design community including Yvonne Whelan, Janice Fedak, Cori Halpern, and Sarah Gunn alongside hundreds of supporters raising money for the cause.
The cause was the Furniture Bank a registered charity and social enterprise working to eradicate furniture poverty by redistributing gently-used furniture and housewares to those in need, including women and children leaving shelters, the formerly homeless, and refugees and newcomers to Canada. Clients are screened and referred to Furniture Bank by a variety of community agency partners. In 2018, thanks to thousands of donors, Furniture Bank provided more than 10,000 individuals the gift of furniture and useful home items they needed to make their house a home.
South Shore Furniture President Jean Laflamme was on hand to announce a multi year seven figure investment, which will provide support for Furniture Bank's national expansion strategy. ”Furniture Bank’s mission to end furniture poverty is a natural fit with South Shore’s mandate to ‘make room for what matters’. It’s a partnership rooted in a shared goal to provide comfort, stability, and dignity for children and families,” shared Laflamme.
In recognition of this investment, Furniture Bank presented South Shore Furniture president Jean Laflamme with the inaugural Sister Anne Schenk Innovation Award during the gala.