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Furniture Sharehouse Art Sale Fundraiser in Rye on Thursday

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(PHOTO: Furniture Sharehouse’s heART Sale Event on April 7, 2016 at Serendipity Labs in Rye, NY / Photo Credit: Furniture Sharehouse.)

For 10 years, Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester's furniture bank, has been providing free furniture directly to Westchester residents in need. The group is holding an art sale fundraiser at Serendipity Labs in Rye this Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

The evening is entitled “Home is where the heART is”. Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased on the Furniture Sharehouse website or by calling 914-834-1294.

In the Spring of 2016, Furniture Sharehouse held their first art sale fundraiser and raised enough funds to furnish over 25 families with the sale of donated art work from the public, local artists and designers. The event was attended by 200 art enthusiasts and supporters. Based on that success, Furniture Sharehouse is considering making the art sale fundraiser a biannual event each Fall to raise funds and awareness of the need in Westchester County.

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The goal of this year’s art sale is to raise funds to furnish 30 families, providing them with gently used beds, dressers, a kitchen table and chairs, a living room sofa, an arm chair, and other basic pieces. Each family receives about 20 items after a visit to the Furniture Sharehouse warehouse located at the Westchester County Airport. Furnishings are the foundations of a home, helping people regain self-respect and a sense of normalcy so they can advance from adversity.

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Highlights of the art sale include Israeli art from the collection of Stanley Batkin plus paintings, prints, sketches, and lithographs by renowned artists such as Vern Broe, Catherine M. Elliott, H. Margret, Alfred (Freddy) Defossez, & Rachel Strosberg, and unique paper sculptures by Jack Eisner. 

There will be a raffle for a motorized kid’s ride-on car – a mustang custom painted in pinstripes and autographed by all of the 2017 NY Yankees. The car comes with 2 hoods: one to hang on the wall, one to cruise around in. The car was created and donated by John Iodice of Riemann Autobody in White Plains. Only 100 tickets will be sold at $50 each and the drawing will be held at the art sale. 

The event will also feature a pop-up boutique of ceramics, glassworks and new & vintage home décor items plus decorated hand-painted furniture by local artists and designers. Chris Blatt and Sarah Fedorchick are contributing pieces to the art sale. These donated works of art will be sold to the public at the art sale, with all proceeds helping to furnish the homes of people who move into empty apartments after leaving homeless shelters, fleeing domestic violence, and other struggles. Clients include veterans, people with disabilities, victims of floods or fires, medical crises, or other traumatic situations.

Over the last 10 years, Furniture Sharehouse has helped over 11,00 individuals — half of whom are children. In the 10th wealthiest county of the United States, 10% of Westchester residents are living in poverty; 1,797 are homeless on any given night, and 2,678 school-aged children have experienced homelessness. Lack of furniture is a hidden need in Westchester. Once a person gets housing, they move into an empty apartment. That’s where Furniture Sharehouse comes in. Furniture Sharehouse is the only organization in Westchester that addresses the "hidden need" of people living in empty apartments because they cannot afford a bed to sleep in, a table to share a meal, or a dresser to store clothes.

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