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2nd Annual

September 26, 2018

Waco, Texas

For event information please visit

Email: dwyrick@momtex.com


6th Annual Wine & Design
Shades of Strength

October 18, 2018

Marshall's Landing @ theMART
(2nd floor, Merchandise Mart)
Chicago, IL

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
For event information please visit

Email: kim.darke@sloan.com

Wine & Design
With Spirit and Grace
Southern California

October 23, 2018

Fashion Island Hotel
Newport Beach, California

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

APRIL 2019

17th Annual
Common Thread for the Cure
Golf Tournament

April 26, 2019

Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure
Lake Lure, NC

For information
Email: janeb@walterrobbs.com


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Mark your calendars for the 5th annual Wine and Design event to be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Marshall’s Landing in theMART. The theme of this year’s event is THE POWER OF PINK. Big or Small; Save Them All. Chicago architects and designers have been tasked with creating wine labels that convey this theme. The judge for the custom wine label design competition will be Kerri Callahan, Director of Architectural Project Management & Planning at the Art Institute of Chicago. With over 20 years of experience as a design and construction professional in Chicago, Kerri is an architect, interior designer, lighting professional and project manager. Diana Pisone, Team Principal at Ted Moudis Associates’ Chicago office will emcee the event.

Two Chicago winning wine labels will be selected; one red and one white. The winning labels will be used on two-award winning wines from Russian River Vineyards and sold for one calendar year. Located in the heart of California’s Russian River Valley, Russian River Vineyards has been a great partner to Wine and Design and The Common Thread For The Cure and we are thrilled to partner with them again this year. Russian River Vineyards generously donates 20% of our winning labels’ wine sales to benefit The Common Thread For The Cure.

Visit www.wineanddesign.org for more information.


Shop.Dine.Design., a furnishings industry fundraising event to benefit The Common Thread For The Cure Foundation, will be held in the heart of Waco, Texas on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. It is anticipated that designers from all of Texas will be participating in this inaugural event. While the primary goal of the Shop.Dine.Design. event is to raise money for The Common Thread For The Cure, this event also wants to bring new business to the town and to celebrate “all things Waco”.

The day’s events will kick off at the Common Grounds Coffee Shop at 10:00 a.m. with a discussion on How I Design by esteemed textile designer, Sina Pearson. Following this discussion, Waco Tours will give homage to the design movement in Waco, and be conducting morning and afternoon tours of local renovated houses including the Shotgun House, Gorman House, German Schmear House and others. Tours will also be visiting the Castle Heights neighborhood. When not touring, designers can visit any of the local retailers, all within walking distance, and shop for unique, handcrafted and antique items, including products that are featured on the house tours. In addition to these activities, The Backyard Bar and Grill (located close to the Shotgun House and Magnolia Market) will host an afternoon Block Party running from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Here designers can have lunch, enjoy music, participate in a leisurely yard game, catch up on emails, or simply chat with friends. Sina Pearson and other local celebrities (homeowners) will be dropping in to share their experiences in this movement.

The event also includes an educational component, as buses transporting designers from both Dallas and Austin, Texas will feature presentations during the trip to allow designers to earn continuing education units (CEU). Unifi Inc. will also be on site to discuss the evolution of recycled fibers and their place in today’s commercial marketplace.

Event tickets are being offered now at www.shopdinedesign.com at $100.00 per person through August 31st. Beginning on September 1st, the ticket price will be $125.00 per person. Capacity is limited, so tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Sponsors of Shop.Dine.Design. include furniture manufacturers and textile companies as well as companies that support our industry. Opportunities for sponsorship of the Shop.Dine.Design event are still available. Our current sponsorship list includes: SitOnIt/Ideon, Versteel, Crypton, Dauphin, Momentum, St.Timothy, Corporate Source, Vintage Stone, CCF, Moore Co., Mayer Fabrics, Unifi Inc., VPS Photography, Crossville Tile, Kimball, Trinity Furniture, EKO, Segis, Entos, Cedar Creek Millwork & Design, Arcadia, Encore Furniture, Interior Resources and Innovative. A special thank you to the designers from Gensler, Staffelbach, Entos, GFF and Interior Architects for their time and talent spent to make this event successful, and to Waco Tours for making this event possible.

Visit www.shopdinedesign.com for more information.



ESI Ergonomic Solutions is offering a limited edition pink version of their Pixie LED desk light in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month. ESI will donate 100% of the Pink Pixie profits to The Common Thread for The Cure.  

The Pixie desktop light has a 3-watt LED, a life span of 50,000 hours, and contains 99% recycled content. The Pink Pixie retails for $161 and is now available for order while supplies last.
Carol Keogh, president and CEO of ESI Ergonomic Solutions states “ As a women owned business and a growing company within the contract office furniture industry, ESI is delighted to be in a position to support The Common Thread For The Cure and help ‘shine a light’ on this important cause.”

To learn more about the Pink Pixie visit esiergo.com


Designers, architects, industry partners, and guests look forward to the upcoming 6th Annual Wine & Design event to be held on Thursday, October 13th in Newport Beach, California. Sponsored by Momentum Textiles, Arcadia/ Encore, Crossville and Paul Brayton Designs, the theme of this year's event will be "Shine A Light. Light The World Pink".

Also scheduled for October 13th, in Chicago, Illinois will be the 4th Annual Wine & Design to be held in that city with the event theme "Find Hope, Build Strength".

The Wine & Design events held in these two locations in October will both benefit The Common Thread For The Cure.

Firms from Southern California and Chicago's leading design and architectural firms will compete in the annual wine label design competition. This year’s judges are Chris Adamick and Jesse Kidwell. Jesse Kidwell designs environments, books, and identities. He is a partner at Big Production, an environmental graphic design studio. Chris Adamick designs environments, furniture and products. He is principal of Chris Adamick Design LLC and is a partner at Big Production.

The judges will announce the winning label designs during the Wine and Design event. The winning labels will be featured on award-winning wines from Russian River Vineyards and served during the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for this year's event. Please visit www.wineanddesign.org for more information.


Aerial of Bald Mountain golf course at Rumbling Bald Resort

The 14th Annual The Common Thread For The Cure Golf Tournament was held on April 29, 2016 in North Carolina at the Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure. The tournament was an amazing success bringing in over $57,780 for the Foundation. The money will be used to assist breast cancer survivors in the furnishings industry through Helping Hand Grants..

A heartfelt "thank you" goes to all who contributed and supported the event. The major sponsors deserve to be recognized for their significant contributions.

Foundation Sponsorships
Abercrombie Textiles
Lexington Home Brands
Momentum Group

Tournament Sponsorships
Mannington Commercial
Mayer Fabrics
SitOnIt /Ideon
Storr Office Environments
Mr. Mark Stuckey
The Contract Group
Walter Robbs Callahan and Pierce Architects

#16 Dirty Dancing Hole
Bald Mountain golf course at Rumbling Bald Resort

All sponsors and supporters made this great success possible and acknowledgement goes to them as well.

Dinner/Beverage Cart/Beverage Hole Sponsorships

Paul Brayton Design/Teknion   Carnegie
DarRan   Delve Interiors
Herman Miller   Kimball Office
Knoll/CBI   Dan Lurie Associates
MRG Carolinas   Maharam
Momentum Group   Scott Miller Associates
OFS Brands   Source International
Trinity Furniture   Versteel/Scott Miller Associates

Team Sponsorships

ASU Foundation   Bonitz Contracting
Carolina Furnishings and Design   Peter Danko Design
Eykon Wallcovering   HPFI
Michael F. Luther and Associates   Mannington Commercial
Proximity   QLS-NC Inc.
Stephens Office Systems   Yontz and Sons Painting and Wallcovering

Hole Sponsorships

Arcadia Chair Company   Arconas
BLS - Studio Q/Paoli/Hi5   Barbour Spangle Design
Boss Design/Jack Cartright   Coalesse
Costa Murphy Group CMG   Crypton
DHS Sales Associates Inc.   ESI
Encore Seating   Jack Fetner Associates
Deb Hines of the Carolinas   Hunter Zalecki Group HZG
Institutional Interiors   KI
Nucraft   SKA Consulting
Shaw Industries Group   Ultrafabrics
Village Smith Galleries   WJ Office

#17 Hole
Bald Mountain golf course at Rumbling Bald Resort

Financial Contributions made by dedicated individuals and companies are an invaluable avenue of support for the foundation fundraising events. We acknowledge the following with gratitude:

Arcadia Chair Company   Armstrong
The Paul Brayton Family Fund   Blockhouse Contract Furniture
Denise and Tom Brown   Encore Seating
Fabulines   Sherrie Flinchum
Forbo   Gray Chiropractic and Sports Associates
Theresa Grove   David Howell
Tammy Rogers-Markle   Susan McDaniel
Judy and Wiley McMinn   Scott Miller
John Romano   Harrison Rutter
Studio Q   Rebecca Swaim
Michael Varljen   Michelle Walter

Golf tournaments are not possible without Prizes. The focus of this event is survivors and raising money to help them as they fight their individual battles. The prizes would not be possible without the generous donations of our own industry members. Thank you to:

Source International   Michael F. Luther and Associates
River's Edge   Greenhouse Fabrics
Debbie Blackwelder/Paul Brayton Designs   Momentum
Davis Furniture   Tammy Markle/WJ Office
Celia Yow/Maharam   Lisa Tapello-Medder/StudioID3
Cathy Greene/Fabulines  
  • Trophies were provided by Ms. Linda Higgins.
  • With sincere gratitude Mr. Mike Mekjian must be recognized for his donation of all the wine donated for the prizes and raffles. This gift benefited the foundation in two ways - it supported the foundation through the sale of the Common Thread for the Cure wines produced by Russian River Vineyards and it provided prizes and raffle items for the tournament.
  • Floral arrangements for the tables were provided by the Lucia Kennerly/Mayer Fabrics.
  • Textiles decorating the tables were provided by Maharam, DesignTex, Mayer Fabrics and Momentum Group.

Volunteers make an event of this size possible. A group of at least 20 dedicated industry professionals registered players, sold raffle tickets, drove beverage carts, served participants beverages and snacks, manned beverage holes, distributed prizes and decorated tables. They made the day an enjoyable experience for all who came to play. It takes captains to keep a group like this organized and moving forward — Celia Yow with Maharam and Tommy Kerr with Eykon WallcoveringThank You! Also to Dottie, Ronda and Barbara – thank you for being there when you were needed.

The true winners for the day are the survivors who will receive financial assistance because of the generosity of their fellow industry members. A very deserving young survivor in Tennessee received her Helping Hand Grant four days after the tournament. Events such as this annual golf tournament make grants possible for women who work in or have family members who work in our industry.

Preparation has already begun for next year...
Mark your calendar to join us on April 28, 2017 for the 15th Annual The Common Thread For The Cure Golf Tournament to be held at the Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure in North Carolina. Rumbling Bald Resort has been a wonderful supporter in providing all the services needed in a financially responsible manner for the foundation. This event is very popular and player positions are quickly filled. Beverage cart and beverage hole opportunities fill quickly. If you have interest in participating in 2017 contact Jane Barea at janeb@walterrobbs.com as soon as possible. You do not want to miss a great day in the mountains.

With sincere gratitude to all, I thank you for everything. -Jane Barea

For more information email: janeb@walterrobbs.com


The Common Thread For The Cure foundation gave twelve Helping Hand Grants in 2015 for a total of $33,500. Grants went to two recipients in North Carolina, and one recipient in each of the following states – California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. One grant was given to a survivor in Mexico.

A Helping Hand Grant is typically a one-time grant for a breast cancer survivor. Occasionally, but fortunately very rarely, a woman or man will be touched again by breast cancer. If this is an entirely new event, and not a re-occurrence, the person may receive a second grant. The following is a story that a Helping Hand Grant recipient experienced...

One deserving design professional battled the disease and felt very positive about her health and her employment outlook. But life had other plans for her. Many times the consequences of surgeries and treatments are not immediately manifested and this happened to her. Serious health complications began and ultimately more breast surgeries were needed. In addition, she lost her job and the financial burden of the constant surgeries became very difficult. A strong woman, familiar with the design of health care facilities specifically for cancer care, this second blow was especially hard for her. She hesitantly asked for assistance and was given $2,500 to help with her medical expenses. She gratefully placed into words her appreciation for the foundation as follows… "You are one of the few organizations that actually puts help in the hands of those who need it. It seems all the other groups just talk about raising money for the cure, but that never seems to trickle down to the ones that actually have cancer and the aftermath. Your efforts have helped a colleague get back on her feet and gain her bearings once again."

That is what the Helping Hand Grants are meant to do. Thank you to all who have contributed to The Common Thread For The Cure this year so that one of our own industry professionals can be strong again.