Furniture Bank’s Chair Affair gala returns this fall in support of refugees being settled in Ontario

TORONTO, September 21st, 2015 – A series of one-of-a-kind furniture creations are set to transform The International Centre this fall as the Chair Affair gala and charity auction returns to the city on Friday, October 30th, 2015. The event is a fundraiser for Furniture Bank, a Toronto based registered charity and social enterprise that provides support to thousands of Canadians living without furniture.

Chair Affair is Furniture Bank’s signature fundraising event and is centered around a live auction where attendees from across the GTA have the opportunity to bid on chairs and other furniture items decorated and customized by local designers. All proceeds from the event will go towards Furniture Bank and their efforts to help individuals establish new homes and new lives with dignity, direction and compassion.

Veriday is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Chair Affair as an event sponsor. Veriday is honoured to be supporting such a great cause that allows them to support and meets the needs of all families without furniture across the GTA.

“The 2015 version of Chair Affair will be our biggest yet – moving to Toronto’s centre of design professionals and the interior furnishings industry – SOFA and The International Centre,” says Dan Kershaw, Executive Director, Furniture Bank. “Since Furniture Bank started, we have helped close to 65,000 individuals by providing them with a bed to sleep on, a dining table to share family meals and a desk to study on. Over 15,000 of those individuals were newcomers to Canada seeking refuge or a better life here in Canada.

“This year, we have seen a 60% increase in refugees served and we look to expand our services to meeting the growing demand. We stand ready to support any and all agencies supporting refugees settling into new lives here in Canada,” he added.

Jane Lockhart, Founder & Principal Designer, Jane Lockhart Interior Design added: “This is a cause I really believe in and to be able to participate means so much to me. I am heartened to see the creative and generous sides of so many people in the community come together for this worthy cause.”

For more information about Chair Affair and to order tickets, please visit Furniture Bank’s website: http://www.furniturebank.org/chairaffair/

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About Furniture Bank

Furniture Bank is a registered charity and social enterprise that has been helping people in the Greater Toronto Area establish their homes since 1998. We transfer gently used furniture and household goods donated by individuals and corporations to people who are in need of a fresh start. The organization’s fleet of trucks are on the road throughout the year, picking up furniture from donors and delivering items to formerly displaced individuals directly to their homes. Furniture Bank operates a 30,000 square foot facility in south Etobicoke which is equipped with a furniture showroom for clients to browse and select furniture items, a warehouse to receive and organize furniture donations and a waiting room for client appointments. Our goal is to expand these activities to support Furniture Banks across Canada.

Visit Furniture Bank online at www.furniturebank.org. Furniture Bank is also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FurnitureBank ) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/Furniture_Bank).

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