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First Annual Charitable Design Award Recipients Announced

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Interior Design Society (IDS) announced award recipients for its first annual charitable design competition – the #idsIMPACT Awards – on Friday, April 1. The awards were presented by Dann Foley during a gala concluding IDS National Conference at the Dallas Market Center.


Foley has appeared on NBC's "American Dream Builders" and Showtime's "The Real L Word." Aside from television and personal appearances, Foley works for clients throughout North America and Asia as he designs multiple home and lifestyle products with his licensing partners. He was joined on stage for the awards presentation by Snoa Garrigan, Executive Director of IDS.

"As designers, we have the privilege of working for clients of means," said Dann Foley. "This initiative reminds us that what we do is meant to bring beauty and comfort to everyone. Our God-given talents can be shared and by extending ourselves to our communities at large we make the world a better place. I am proud to have presented the first #idsIMPACT awards at this year's IDS National Conference."

The Individual and Group IMPACT award winners were selected based on the widespread effect that each project had on its respective community. The Sponsor and Industry Partner IMPACT award recipients were selected based on how each company's donations of product and/or service helped the group or individual complete the project.

The #idsIMPACT award recipients are:

Individual IMPACT Award:
1st place (tie): Karen Ferreyra, Karen Ferreyra Interiors, East Meadow, N.Y.
Project: Family & Children's Association, residential home for homeless veterans
1st place (tie): Wendy Lepkoff, Wendy Interiors, Baldwin Harbor, N.Y.
Project: Restoring a home devastated by Superstorm Sandy
2nd place: Tanna Edler, Tanna By Design, Snohomish, Wash.
Project: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, teen center transformation
3rd place: Kimberly Joi McDonald, Designing JOI, Las Vegas, Nev.
Project: Baby's Bounty, baby nursery and mom's retreat

Group IMPACT Award:
1st place: IDS Chicago & Suburban Chapter
Project: Little Angels, redecoration of two children's rooms
2nd place: IDS Naples Chapter
Project: Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, furnishing of a model home
3rd place: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter
Project: Feeding Children Everywhere, contributed to feeing 8,308 school children on free or reduced lunch plans

Sponsor IMPACT Award:
1st place: Sherwin-Williams, donated paint and tools to four projects
2nd place: Hansgrohe, donated a faucet and shower components

Industry Partner IMPACT Award:
1st place: Symmetry Closets, donated a custom cabinet with cubbies

The award recipients were selected by judges Leslie Carothers and Kelli Ellis. These judges both possess backgrounds in interior design and harbor a strong commitment to community.

To learn more about the #idsIMPACT projects and to see photographs, visit

About the Interior Design Society

The Interior Design Society (IDS) is an association of professional interior design entrepreneurs focused on helping our members grow their businesses, develop their talents, inspire each other, and impact their communities. One of the country's largest design organizations dedicated to serving the residential interior design industry, IDS embraces four core values including professionalism, community, influence and growth. The IDS National headquarters is located in High Point, N.C.

About #idsIMPACT

#idsIMPACT is a community-engagement initiative of the Interior Design Society that was launched at 2015 IDS National Conference. Commitment to community is a core value of IDS. Beginning in 2016, IDS strongly encourages each member to report the number of hours per year provided in pro bono design services to benefit their community. The work can be of general benefit for the community such as a park or community center, or the work can be for a non-profit, religious, or other charitable cause.

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