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ASID Project Completion Press Release

ASID Illinois Gives Back is proud to announce the completion of Project Give-a-Hug, the pro-bono facelift of the reception area, board room, and kitchen in the administrative building of Little Friends, Inc. in Naperville. ASID Illinois Gives Back is a committee of the Illinois Chapter of American Society of Interior Designers, created for the purpose of facilitating charitable projects through the coordination of interior designers and industry partners, while demonstrating the goodwill and talents of ASID Illinois and its members. Little Friends has been lovingly servicing children and adults with autism and other developmental difficulties for over 50 years.

When the committee reached out to Little Friends in the spring of 2014, President and CEO Kristi Landorf said that because Little Friends directs all funding to client services, the reception area and adjoining kitchen had not been updated in 40 years and had become quite drab. Since this area is the first thing clients and families see when they come to Little Friends seeking services, she said it would be wonderful to have a space that was warm and welcoming—like a hug. Hence, the project was dubbed “Project Give-a-Hug”.

The ASID Gives Back committee—consisting of Dan McFadden (Past Basket Design), Roxanne Essex (Maggies Interiors), Sonia Dumont (Atelier Jouvence Custom Stoneworks), Mike Lennon (Ayr Custom Cabinetry), and Sue Colbert (Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing)—set out to promote the project, raise funds, and recruit donations of products and services. In the end, over twenty ASID Illinois Industry Partners and friends teamed up to make the project a reality, with nearly 100% of the needs donated, and enough funds raised to cover associated costs with surplus available for Little Friends to purchase wish list items.

Project Manager Dan McFadden provided organization and oversight of the project which was completed in mid-April. Major donors include Karndean Design Flooring and DeSitter Flooring, who teamed up to provide luxury vinyl tile throughout the space; Amber Leaf Cabinetry, The Countertop Factory, and Slusarz Corporation for the kitchen cabinetry and counters; Painting in Partnership and Benjamin Moore for all the painting; Ferguson, Pirch, River Oak, and Delta for the appliances, sink, and faucet; Desks, Inc. and Installation Specialists, Inc. for the high tech reception desk; and Arhaus who donated furniture for the reception area. Additional funding for the project was provided by McKay Custom Sports, Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing, and the ASID Illinois Far West Suburban Peer Group.

Little Friends is a private, non-profit organization based in Naperville, Illinois, operating 11 dynamic programs, including three alternative schools, family support and consultation services, vocational training programs, community-based residential services and the Little Friends Center for Autism. Founded in 1965, Little Friends serves more than 800 people each year throughout DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, and western Cook counties.

A celebratory open house to showcase the project and honor and thank the donors will be held in the newly completed space at Little Friends, Inc. 120 N. Wright St., Naperville, IL 60540 on Monday, June 6, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. RSVP to the ASID Illinois office at 312-467-5080 or asidil@sbcglobal.net.

ASID Gives Back’s “Project Give-a-Hug” - December 2015

ASID Illinois Far-West Suburban peer group co-leader Jean Charlton, along with ASID Illinois Gives Back committee members Roxanne Essex and Sue Colbert, present Kristi Landorf, president and CEO of Little Friends, Inc. funds collected at the peer group's recent Christmas party. The money will go towards Project Give-a-Hug, the pro-bono face lift of the reception area, kitchen, and board room at the Little Friends facility in Naperville. Nearly 20 ASID Illinois Industry Partners have donated products and services for the project which is slated to be completed by mid-February.

ASID Gives Back’s “Project Give-a-Hug” - May 2015

ASID Gives Back’s “Project Give-a-Hug” received a boost today when a check in the amount of $2,001.38 was delivered to Little Friends, Inc. in Naperville. The funds were donated by Kevin McKay, owner of McKay Custom Sports, as the proceeds from the Blackhawks autograph charitable event held recently at Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing. On hand for the presentation were Kristi Landorf President & CEO, and Kathleen Hausmann, Vice President of Development at Little Friends, Sue Colbert of Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing (ASID Industry Partner), John Scott, President of the Illinois Chapter of ASID, Roxanne Essex, owner of Maggie’s Place Interiors (ASID Allied Member), and McKay.

ASID Gives Back is a committee of the American Society of Interior Designers Illinois chapter, formed for the purpose of facilitating charitable projects through the coordination of interior designers and industry partners, while demonstrating the goodwill and talents of ASID Illinois and its members.

“Project Give-a-Hug” is a facelift of the reception area, board room, and kitchen at Little Friends, INC, who have been lovingly serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities for 50 years. The newly remodeled space will provide a comforting, welcoming area for the children, adults, and their families who are served in the many programs at services offered by Little Friends.

Thanks to the generous donations of ASID Industry Partners Mario Guertin of Painting in Partnership, Inc. and Benjamin Moore & Co. (Jason Walker, Architect and Designer Rep), Phase 1 (painting of the reception area, boardroom, and hallway) has been completed.


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