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 After much wild speculation among        Luraline Products, based in Opa Locka, Fla., is sponsoring its fifth annual con-
 lighting veterans that something         test. This year’s concentration will be RLM products, which are used to provide
 monumental was afoot, on October         illumination in outdoor parking lots, for façades and signage, as well as interior
                                          accent or general area lighting in restaurants, cafés, stores, shopping centers,
 5th it was announced that Murray
                                          and more. “Our goal is to inspire our student participants to provide a new per-
 Feiss Import LLC and Sea Gull Light-
                                          spective on this versatile category of lighting fixtures,” states Howard Levine,
 ing Products Inc. “have reached an       president.
 agreement in principle, subject to            A panel of industry experts will judge the submissions based on creativ-
 customary closing conditions, to         ity and feasibility. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and his/her
 combine forces to create the number      design may be added into the manufacturer’s product line. “It’s Your Light”
 one privately held lighting and home     is open to design and architecture students at U.S. universities, colleges, and
 décor entity in North America before     technical schools. The deadline is December 31. For further details and an ap-
 year end.”                               plication, call (800) 940-6588, or visit
      The manufacturers will continue
 to operate as stand-alone entities and
 brands under existing management,        MEYDA TIFFANY MOVES INTO MODERN
 however, they will now be able to le-    WITH DAVID LANDIS
 verage their resources and executive     Robert Cohen, presi-
                                          dent of Yorkville, N.Y.-
      “We’re very excited,” notes
 Ron Hersh, co-president. “This is
                                          based Meyda Tiffany
 a tremendous opportunity for two         has tapped renowned
 long-standing companies. There are       designer David Landis
 [product] areas that Sea Gull is very    to develop a new collec-
 strong in, and ones that Murray Feiss    tion. “He will help us go
 holds a leadership position in. This     outside the box to put a
 is more of a case where 1 + 1 = 3 be-
 cause of the [specific] expertise that
                                          fresh spin on Tiffanies
                                          and stained glass,” Co-      David Landis (left) of David Landis Designs and
 each has,” he adds. “The comments                                     Robert Cohen of Meyda Tiffany join forces.
 we’ve heard in the marketplace al-       hen enthuses.
 ready have been very positive.”             Landis, a 15-year industry veteran who received the Ros-
      Quality Home Brands is the cor-     coe Award for the Landis lamp in the 1990s, has collaborated
 porate holding name for the new          with many major lighting manufacturers.
 venture that will encompass both
                                             “I want to take Tiffany lamps to a broader market by incor-
 firms. Murray Feiss, chairman of Mur-
 ray Feiss, has been named CEO of         porating contemporary designs with century-old copperfoil
 Quality Home Brands.                     construction techniques and the beauty of stained glass,” he
      Bronx, N.Y.-based Murray Feiss      explains.
 and Sea Gull Lighting in Riverside,         The series will be unveiled at the January Dallas market.
 N.J. will continue to design, manufac-
 ture, and distribute their respective
 brands including Ambiance® Light-        MORE RETAILERS JOIN LIGHTING ONE
 ing Systems, Light Process Company,      The membership roster of this independent showroom cooperative is expand-
 Monte Carlo® Fan Company, Murray         ing with the addition of: Lighting By Design in Jessup, Md.; Idaho Lights in
                                          Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; Spokane, Wash.-based Evergreen Lighting; and Olson
 Feiss Import, Royce Lighting, and Sea
                                          Lighting in Holly Hill, Florida.
 Gull Lighting® and market licensed
                                              Headquartered in St. Louis, Lighting One boasts 130+ members. “We are
 products for Bob Mackie Home,            very pleased with the growth and are excited to be meeting [everyone] at our
 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation,        convention in Dallas this January,” says Mike Cherico, president. “Both our cus-
 Waverly, and PGA® Tour.                  tomers and members benefit when we attract successful business owners to our
                                          network, ultimately increasing our ability to offer top-quality lighting products
                                          and services at lower prices.”

TRADING SPACES CELEB SIGNS WITH MONTAAGE                                                  LEAD WARNINGS
Doug Wilson, host of TLC®’s Trading Spaces and Moving Up, has joined forces               MANDATED ON
with Dallas-based home accessories company Montaage to launch a 100+ piece
licensed line featuring wall décor, vases, chargers, occasional tables, and decora-
                                                                                          CRYSTAL PRODUCTS
tive boxes.                                                                               In accordance with Proposition
     “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Doug,” says Mary Tay-          65, California’s lighting retailers
lor, president. “His sophisticated and savvy designs provide countless sources of         are required to post cautionary
inspiration for our customers.”                                                           notices regarding all products
          The launch is made up of three distinct groups:
                                                                                          that contain hazardous elements,
                                                                                          such as lead. Though there is no
                                                Paradox selections will take advan-       evidence that encapsulated lead
                                                tage of one of Wilson’s signatures:       poses a threat, penalties for fail-
                                                creating a focal point for each room.     ing to properly notify consumers
                                                By accentuating the stark contrast
                                                between black and white, this suite’s
                                                                                          may be significant.
                                                goal is to produce a strong interior           The American Lighting Asso-
                                                statement with a single accent. The       ciation (ALA) has recommended
                                                assembly is distinguished by mouth-       members comply by issuing the
                                                blown glass, silver-leafing, hand          appropriate warnings. According
                                                painting, and hand-carved Rococo
                                                themes.                                   to the ALA, Michael R. Kershow,
Paradox’s sketched vases (Model #43582).
                                                                                          attorney for the International
                                                                                          Crystal Federation, suggests point-
                                                          The Cheeky Tiki group in-       of-sale signs that read as follows:
                                                          corporates a global aesthetic
                                                                                               Proposition 65 Warning: Han-
                                                          that utilizes rich wooden
                                                          tables and antique wood-        dling products made of leaded crystal
                                                          block elements.                 will expose you to lead, a chemical
                                                                                          known to the State of California to
                                      Cheeky drawers (Model #22228c).
                                                                                          cause birth defects or other reproduc-
                                                                                          tive harm.
                                              Perspectives showcases a jungle motif
                                              taken to the extreme and includes                In accordance with these
                                              large-scale vases, planters, and char-      recommendations, Bakers-
                                              gers.                                       field, Ca.-based Premier Light-
                                                 “By working with a leading home          ing and Lamps Plus located in
                                              accessories company like Montaage,
                                                                                          Chatsworth, Calif., among other
                                              together we’ll be able to help home-
                                              owners express their own sense of style     retailers in the state, have already
                                              with a wide range of fun and fabulous       complied. Linda Pavletich, owner
                                              accents for virtually any room,” com-       of Premier Lighting, has chosen
                                              ments Wilson, who was at Montaage’s         to affix warning tags to each crys-
                                              High Point showroom in October to
                                              promote the line and sign copies of his
                                                                                          tal item. “We did just as the ALA
      Perspectives planters
      (Model #43386).                         recent book, Doug’s Rooms.                  suggested,” she states.

   Opa Locka, Fla.-based Luraline Lighting’s Reflecta pendants can be
   seen illuminating the contestants’ loft for the reality TV series The
   Apprentice: Martha Stewart. The silver dome pendants were chosen by
   production designer Kelly Van Patter to add an industrial touch to
   the contemporary-styled kitchen, which is open to the main living
   space. Reflecta Wave pendants are used in the bath and dressing
   rooms in keeping with an eclectic décor.

      Set of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart featuring Luraline’s Reflecta pendants.

SCHOLARSHIP                         When the U.S. and Canadian                                                      PHOTOS PROVIDED BY LVLIA

The High Point, N.C.-based          members of the Low Volt-
American Society of Furniture       age Lighting Institute of the
Designers (ASFD) has an-            Americas (LVLIA) convened
nounced that Häfele America         for their annual conference
has again joined them in co-        and workshops, they dedi-
sponsoring the fifth annual          cated a portion of their time
ASFD David Kline Memorial           improving the exterior light-
Student Scholarship competi-        ing of the Ronald McDonald
tion.                               House in Phoenix.
     “Häfele has staunchly               “We wanted to provide a
supported ASFD initiatives          serene and beautiful night-
through their corporate             time environment for the
membership since 1994,” com-        families who are staying at
mends Christine Evans, ASFD         the house,” says Andy Vande The low-voltage landscape lighting provided by LVLIA adds drama
                                                                      to the Phoenix Ronald McDonald House at night.
executive director.                 Hey, president of that city’s
     College and university         LVLIA chapter.
students are invited to submit           During the planning
a design project that integrates    stages, members requested
Häfele’s UV glass-bonding           that a hands-on workshop
hardware. “Furniture design-        be part of their week-long
ers can now incorporate             activities. The 38 participants
technologies utilizing UV glass     coordinated and installed
bonding, where hardware ap-         low-voltage lighting on the
plies to glass without a drilled    grounds of the facility, which
hole,” says Philip Martin,          provides temporary housing
Häfele’s director/marketing.        for families who must travel
“This technology and hard-          to receive medical treatment.
ware offer flexibility for manu-          “We utilized our associa-
facturers to produce in-house       tion members’ skills along
                                    with materials donated by         LVLIA members volunteered their services to illuminate the exterior of
without having to go to a glass                                       this non-profit facility.
fabricator, thereby allowing        manufacturers to create a
innovative solutions and imagi-     subtly and safely illuminated
native designs.”                    garden,” Vande Hey notes. The LVLIA adopted the Ronald McDonald House Chari-
     The awards total $5,000:       ties of Phoenix as part of their community involvement initiative.
$3,500 for first place, $1,000
for second place, and $500          2005 GE EDISON AWARD CONTEST ADDS CATEGORY
for honorable mention. Entry        Residential lighting projects submitted to the 23rd annual 2005 GE Edison
forms and posters promoting         Award competition will automatically be considered for recognition in a
the contest have been sent
to educational institutions
                                    new classification specifically for the consumer market. Each design will
nationwide. Students who are        be judged on functional excellence, architectural compatibility, effective
enrolled in furniture or design     use of state-of-the art lighting products and techniques, appropriate color,
programs at accredited schools      form and texture revelation, energy efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
in North America and have               Projects scoring the highest number of points will qualify to receive
completed their first year of        Awards of Merit or Awards of Excellence. The GE Edison Award winner is
study are eligible. The applica-    selected from among the Awards of Excellence.
tion deadline is March 1, 2006.         Sustainable Design honors will be given to entries that demonstrate
Winners will be announced
                                    exemplary lighting, minimize energy use, maximize daylighting, avoid
at the ASFD’s Spring dinner
meeting, which coincides with
                                    skyward illumination, and ensure system durability and maintainability.
the International Home Fur-             All participants will be invited to the awards ceremony on May 26,
nishings Market in High Point.      2006 in Las Vegas prior to the opening of Lightfair International.
     For further details and en-        Eligible projects must have been completed between January 1 and
try forms, visit, e-mail   December 31, 2005 and submitted by January 18, 2006. For more, or call (910)        information, visit Cleveland-based GE Consumer and Industrial at

ARTMAX MARKS 15TH ANNIVERSARY WITH                                                         FIT RECEIVES
NEW DIVISION AND LOGO                                                                      ENDOWMENT FOR
Founded in 1990, Chicago-based Artmax Furniture welcomed its 15th year of                  HOME PRODUCTS
business by unveiling Aura Designs, a
division that offers accent and occa-                                                      DEVELOPMENT
sional furniture to retailers on a direct                                                  The New York City-based Fashion
import basis. Launched at the fall                                                         Institute of Technology (FIT) has
High Point market, the collection was                                                      received $300,000 in donations to
on display at Artmax’s Design Center                                                       establish an endowment named in
location; however, plans to acquire a                                                      honor of home accessories innova-
separate showroom for the brand are in                                                     tors Sy Stewart, a pioneer in lighting,
the works.                                                                                 and Dr. Leonard Florence, founder
     “Aura Designs is in direct response                                                   of Syratech Corporation.
to many of our customers’ requests …                                                            The funds, created by gifts from
If they know that [a product] is hand-                                                     Michael Fux, president and CEO of
crafted by Artmax factories, then they                                                     Sleep Innovations, and a matching
know that it is well-made and that we                                                      challenge grant from the Peter J.
have the ability to deliver,” says Richard                                                 Sharp Foundation, will be awarded to
Chan, president.                                                                           a full-time home products develop-
     In addition to the Aura Designs        Maria and Richard Chan celebrate their firm’s   ment student selected by the faculty.
                                            success.                                       The financial aid will enable the re-
launch, the company logo received a
makeover fashioned by Rachel Rossin of Eric Bauer Marketing Consultants.                   cipient to participate globally in trade
     “We think that the logo captures the individual style of Artmax. We have              shows and study abroad.
worked very hard for the last 15 years creating original designs and finishes for                The late Sy Stewart’s lighting ca-
our line. Striving to be unique and not look like any other company has been               reer spanned more than 50 years. In
an important goal that Richard and I have shared from the beginning,” com-                 1949, he founded Quartite Creative,
ments Maria Chan, executive vice president.                                                a portable lamp and decorative ac-
                                                                                           cessories manufacturer that he sold
                                                                                           in 1970. Two years later, he founded
ARTS AWARDS TO HONOR CLIVE LUBNER                                                          Alsy Corp., which had retained 25
                                                                                           percent of the market share in decora-
The Accessories Resource Team (ART) has announced that Clive Lubner,
                                                                                           tive lighting by 1990 when he sold the
CEO of Robb & Stucky Interiors, will be the recipient of the Academy of
                                                                                           company. In the mid-1990s, he was
Achievement Award at the upcoming 17th Annual ARTS Awards.                                 head of strategic planning for Stiffel,
    “Clive Lubner has spent more than 25 years building Robb & Stucky                      and after retirement was a consultant
into a top-tier retail operation through savvy marketing, pioneering visual                in strategic planning for Syratech.
merchandising, and incomparable customer service,” notes Bill Winsor,                           Florence launched Syratech as a
president and CEO of the Dallas Market Center, a partner in the Awards.                    manufacturer of sterling silver, table-
“We congratulate Clive on his inspiring success.”                                          top, and home accessories items. He
    In 1979, Lubner and the Mariner Group purchased Robb & Stucky, a                       is renowned for his charitable work as
single general merchandise store located in Ft. Myers, Florida. Under Lub-                 well as business acumen. Benefiting
                                                                                           from his philanthropy are Hebrew
ner’s leadership the enterprise has expanded to 22 locations in three states.
                                                                                           University in Jerusalem, the Weiz-
    Robb & Stucky was one of the first showrooms to group products to-
                                                                                           mann Institute of Science in Israel,
gether in lifestyle vignettes rather than by manufacturer. Recent innovations              the Cardinal Cushing Centers, and
include the retailer’s free-standing Casual Living – Outdoor showroom,                     Tufts and Boston Universities, among
which presents a kitchen, family room, and exterior display. A notable fea-                others. He has funded a nursing
ture is the KitchenAid® Culinary Center, which has a cooking school, an on-                home and an Alzheimer’s care facility
staff executive chef, and fully functional kitchen.                                        where many clients are able to stay
    Robb & Stucky has received many accolades over the years, including                    free because of his generous gifts.
being named one of House Beautiful’s “Top Five Furniture Stores.” The com-                      The FIT Home Products Develop-
pany has also been honored in the East/Atlantic Furniture Store category                   ment department debuted in 1997.
                                                                                           Students concentrate on such topics
of the ARTS Awards six times and is a charter member of the Hall of Fame.
                                                                                           as production methods, sourcing
    The 17th Annual Arts Awards are co-sponsored by Lyon Credit Services,
                                                                                           and marketing, merchandising, and
Home Lighting & Accessories magazine; Contract Lighting magazine, Accessory                packaging of lighting, furniture, and
Merchandising; FurnitureStyle; Gifts & Decorative Accessories; HFN; Home Accents           housewares. FIT is a college of art
Today; Home Fashion & Furniture Trends; and Residential Lighting. The gala                 and design, business and technology
event will take place on Saturday, January 21. For more information, contact               within the State University of New
Daniella Giglio at (214) 672-8420                                                          York (SUNY).

    ����������������                           PECASO LIGHTING LAUDED FOR EXPANSION
                                               The annual report
                                               of the New Jersey
                                               Economic Devel-
                                               opment Authority
                                               (EDA) commended
                                               Bernard Pecaso
                                               Lighting for moving
                                               to more compre-
                                               hensive facilities in
  ������������������                           Hillside, N.J. and
  ��������������������������                   therefore broaden-
                                               ing the manufac-
  �����������                                  turing base for the
                                               state while creating
                                               dozens of new jobs.
                                                   The EDA’s vision
    ����������������������������               is to “encourage in-
                                               novation, scientific Company co-founders Joe Espinosa (left) and Sol Shem-Tov
         ����������������                      discovery, and pro-
                                               motional success,” and its report referenced Pecaso as a strategic
 ��������������������������������              urban-based business that is part of “a fundamental thrust of the
       �����������������                       EDA efforts to help move the economy forward in New Jersey
                                               cities and downtowns.”

                                               COASTAL GROUP GETS CAPITAL INFUSION
                                               Randy Eller, president of Franklin, Tenn,.-based Eller Enterprises and former
                                               president of CBK, has completed a convertible-debt deal to provide growth cap-
                     515 A2 Commerce Park Dr
                                               ital to New York City-based The Coastal Group, a marketing agency and catalog
                        Marietta, GA 30060
                                                    “Having spent several years of my career helping a wonderful team of
                                               people build CBK, I know how much a well-executed catalog, advertising,
                                               marketing, and public relations plan can contribute to a company’s growth,”
                                               Eller notes. “In these areas, The Coastal Group is the gift and home furnish-
                                               ings industry’s leader. As the marketplace becomes increasingly competitive, all
                                               these services will become vitally important to any firm that wants to dominate
                                               its market. The Coastal Group has a strong track record of helping companies
                                               grow their businesses, and I look forward to helping the Coastal team reach its
                                               and our customers’ goals.”
                                                    The Coastal Group has established a board of directors including David and
                                               Todd Weiss, principals of Coastal, and Randy Eller as the lead director. Two ad-
                                               ditional members will be named at a later date.
                                                    “The Coastal Group is very fortunate that Randy has decided to join our
                                               board to guide us,” David Weiss comments. “We have already made incredible
                                               strides as a company this year after hiring Randy to consult with us. He brings
                                               amazing business savvy and unparalleled industry knowledge.”

                                               ON THE MOVE
                                               I.W. Industries Lamp and Lighting Parts has relocated to a larger warehouse
                                               and offices. The new address is 600 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788-
                                               4108. The telephone numbers are: (631) 851-7900 and (800) 929-4494 and the
                                               faxes are: (631) 851-0006 and (800) 494-2201

KATRINA AND RITA: The Aftermath - Lighting retailers discuss the ongoing effects
LOCATION: New Orleans                           be anytime soon. I don’t know if               shades. Another worry is how many
FAST FACTS: 80% of city was                     you can depend on the government               customers will be there when we
flooded – some parts with up                     or SBA [for financial relief]. I have           come back. We have some whom we
to 20 feet of water • 50% of its                a good relationship with my bank,              really consider friends. When I look
workforce was laid off in Oc-                   and was told that I may be getting an          to the future I hope those people will
tober • June 2006 is target for                 advance on my business interruption            still be there.”
getting levees back to pre-                     insurance.
Katrina strength.                                   “We lost just about all of our mer-        LOCATION: Slidell, Louisiana
                                                chandise – chandeliers, recessed, and          FAST FACTS: 33% of residents
Michael Ber, Owner                              bath fixtures. Many of our customers            left homeless • over 800 aban-
Lighting, Inc.                                  are concerned about their orders,              doned pets rescued ranging
“The neighborhood looked like one               and we’re spending a lot of time at            from dogs, cats, tarantulas, and
of those disaster movies, as if a bomb          our Mandeville location trying to              snakes • 85% of city damaged.
had gone off. There was dust [every-            service them. As a result, our online
                                                                                               Sherri Tabor, Manager
where], you could see the water lines           store isn’t accepting any orders at this
                                                                                               Mike’s House of Lights
on the buildings.                               time.”
                                                                                               “No one could have adequately pre-
     “I went to look at the damage                  “I’ve kept about 20 percent of
                                                                                               pared for what happened. We were
with my son. The first time we went,             my [42] employees. I can’t afford to
                                                                                               lucky; a few buildings not too far
there were a lot of police, the Na-             keep them all, unfortunately. They’re
                                                                                               from us were completely destroyed.
tional Guard, and roadblocks. I had             scattered all over the place, some
                                                                                               Our biggest problem is getting ship-
to show ID and gave them my busi-               of them aren’t even in New Orleans
                                                                                               ments. A lot of retailers can’t find
ness card. I told them I had come to            anymore. My guess is that some ware-
                                                                                               freight companies that will come
survey the damage at my store and to            house or lower-income people are in
                                                                                               here now because for a while [of-
get some important papers.                      shelters,” he comments. “It’s tough,
                                                                                               ficials] weren’t allowing anything to
     “Actually, we were lucky because           but I’m fairly optimistic. Pessimism
                                                                                               come through that wasn’t emergency-
within half a mile from us, there was           doesn’t do you any good.”
                                                                                               related. We’re still pretty limited. The
18 feet of water while we had about
                                                                                               sales reps have been hit pretty hard,
six feet,” he says. “Before the hur-               Barry Schlaine, Co-Owner
                                                                                               especially in Baton Rouge because
ricane, we took backup files from the               Shades of Light
                                                                                               they can’t get anything shipped to
computers, boarded up the show-                    “We evacuated to Ohio, feeling confi-
                                                                                               their territories.”
room windows, and moved things.                    dent because we had boarded up and
We were able to save the computer                  moved products as far off the floor
servers. Basically, the building is a
                                                                                               LOCATION: McComb,
                                                   as we could. Plus, we had the right
mess. Part of our roof is gone, and I
                                                   insurance. What we’re discovering is
was told we’d need a new one. The                  that we’re in a gray area. Our business     FAST FACTS: McComb was
public adjustor wants to gut the                   interruption insurance is telling us        an area where people sought
whole structure. He and the insur-                 that we don’t qualify because we left       refuge when fleeing Hurricane
ance company are working out what                  under a civil order. The documenta-         Rita • Located 100 miles from
will happen. Whatever does, it won’t               tion says if your business sustained        New Orleans
                                                                          physical dam-        Richard Moore, Owner
                                                                          age, then you’re     McComb Electric Supply
                                                                          covered. But the     “During Hurricane Katrina we had
                                                                          only damage to       phone service the whole time, but
                                                                          the building was     we were just unable to dial 800 num-
                                                                          a couple of aw-      bers. In addition, our e-mail and the
                                                                          nings that blew      DSL connection was working. We
                                                                          off. We’ve been      hooked up the generator and ran
                                                                          out of town for a    it for a week. Customers were able
                                                                          month, and we        to buy generator plugs, wire, and
                                                                          want to be able to   breaker boxes from us. I got hold
                                                                          pay our rent and     of some of my vendors by asking
                                                                          our employees.       my sister [who was in an unaffected
                                                                             “We’re pretty     area] to call them for me and ask
                                                                          sure that the        them to call me. When we lost power
                                                                          products sur-        at our house, my wife, our two kids,
Flooding in Louisiana reached as high as 20 feet. Members of the lighting vived, but we’re     my mom and dad, a neighbor, and
community in New Orleans and other local regions sustained product loss   most concerned       I slept in the store for three days.
and building damage due to Hurricane Katrina.                             about possible       Other than that, I’ll just say we were
PHOTO: MARTY BAHAMONDE/FEMA                                               mold on lamp-        inconvenienced.”

Quorum International (Fort Worth,          Vegas showroom in the World Market        and will match up to $250,000 of
Tex.) has established a fund to            Center (WMC), Suite 306, during the       contributions made by employees,
help independent retail lighting           winter market.                            tenants, and vendors in the home fur-
showrooms and their staffs, and is                                                   nishings industry. All proceeds will be
accepting pledges from any and all         Operation Re-Store’s special travel       tax deductible and directed to chari-
companies. Funds will be matched up        package was launched by Dallas Mar-       ties for Hurricane Katrina victims.
to a total of $100,000. For more infor-    ket Center (DMC®) and can be used         During the January market, vendors
mation, call (800) 443-4626                by retailers in Louisiana, Mississippi,   and manufacturers will be asked to
                                           and Alabama who wish to attend the        make product donations, of which
Clay, Metal & Stone (Ft. Lauderdale)       venue’s trade events. Call MarketTrav-    the WMC will arrange to be delivered
developed a fund called “Katrina’s         el™ at (800) 325-6587 for more infor-     to needy families. Donors should
Children,” which is for underprivi-        mation. Also, an ongoing merchan-         complete the online information
leged children devastated by the hur-      dise drive is being held at the Hall of   form at
ricane. Monies will be directly distrib-   Nations in the World Trade Center         las-vegas-market-relief-f.shtml. Checks
uted early next year. Send checks to       and cash donations to the American        can be made payable to National
Foundation of Jewish Philanthropies        Red Cross are being accepted at the       Furniture Banks Association (NFBA),
at 4200 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL           reception desk.                           Habitat for Humanity International,
331376. The check memo line should                                                   or UJC Disaster Relief Fund, and
read, “Katrina’s Children.” Contribu-      World Market Center (WMC) formed          mailed to World Market Center, 495
tions can also be given at their Las       the Las Vegas Market Relief Fund          S. Grand Central Pkwy., Suite 2203
                                                                                     Las Vegas, NV 89106; Attention: Las
                                                                                     Vegas Market Relief Fund.

WHAT THEY GAVE – MONEY • FOOD • SHELTER •                                            American Society of Interior Design-
PROGRAMS • SERVICES                                                                  ers (ASID) launched the ASID Hur-
                                                                                     ricane Relief Effort Web page on its
AmericasMart (Atlanta) and its employees have donated funds, clothing,
                                                                                     site: This virtual resource
and other essentials. The company has also created a Hurricane Katrina
                                                                                     center assists members who require
Customer Support & Service page through its Web site AmericasMart.                   immediate help, or anyone interested
com; refunded any deposits to exhibitors unable to attend the Atlanta Fall           in making donations. A list of job op-
Gift & Home Furnishings Market; and encouraged agencies to employ                    portunities and showrooms offering
those who have been displaced. • Acuity Brands Lighting (Atlanta) do-                free or highly discounted work space
nated a 160,000-sq.-ft. facility in Atlanta to serve as a “mega-center” where        for members is being compiled.
organizations such as United Way and Traveler’s Aid have offered relief
                                                                                     About SBA Loans
services. The first week the center was open, approximately 5,000 families
                                                                                     Owners of businesses in a declared
registered children for school and applied for long-term housing and                 disaster area may be eligible for
financial assistance. • Nora Lighting (Commerce, Calif.) made a financial              financial assistance from the U.S.
donation to Feed The Children: Hurricane Katrina Emergency Relief. •                 Small Business Administration (SBA).
For every Odyssey or Copper Knight fixture shipped during the month                   Affected homeowners, renters, and/
of September, Unique Lighting Systems (Escondido, Calif.) donated $1                 or personal-property owners may also
                                                                                     apply to the SBA for a loan for recov-
to the American Red Cross. • The American Society of Interior Designers
                                                                                     ery purposes. For more information,
(ASID) (Washington, D.C.) pledged $25,000 to the American Red Cross. •
                                                                                     visit or call
Clay Metal & Stone (Ft. Lauderdale) accepted contributions at their High             (800) 659-2955
Point showroom in October. • As of press time, Quorum International
(Ft. Worth, Tex.) raised $27,370 in funds with the assistance of entities in
the lighting industry and elsewhere. • Lifestyle designer Kathy Ireland do-
nated 216,000 pounds of food and personal care items to victims in Baton
Rouge and Mobile, Ala., and Tupelo, Mississippi.


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