Our IFDA Take a Seat Media Sponsor Luxe Interiors + Design threw a fabulous Kickoff Party at The Boca Raton Museum of Art to honor the Take a Seat Seat Creators and Student Seat Designers.

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Michael Peterson Publisher of Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine and IFDA members Elizabeth Zecca and Laurie Planamento enjoy celebrating all the talented artisans who contributed to our 2015 Signature Take a Seat event.

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Above is IFDA member Susan Heller and Seat Designer Andrea Maxim.  This is the second year Andrea has created a chair for our auction. Thanks Andrea!

Below are Rick and Pat Howard, owners of Sklar Furniture with Take a Seat Co-Chair Beverly Stewart and Seat Creator Ellie Caimano.

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The spirit of the evening was joyful!  See IFDA President and TAS Co-Chair Caroline Rogow  with Seat Creator Laurie Aaron below.

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Some of the Take a Seat Committee members gather to share the excitement. Below are Marsha Koch, Leah Keitz, Beverly Stewart, Tom Daughtery, and Vicki Kirsner.

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We are thrilled to be able to give proceeds of Take a Seat to the extraordinary KidSanctuary Campus. With Luxe Interiors + Design as our Media Sponsor we were able to reach out to so many who joined our cause. Not only did their team create a beautiful full page ad for Take a Seat but six Seat Creators and their chairs were also featured in the latest issue!

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Above are KidSanctuary Campus President and Founder Connie Frankino, Executive Director Marlo Massey, Sales Director of Luxe Jamie Farid and Seat Creator Interior Designer and IFDA member Alicia Kingsley.

One of the highlights of the evening was recognition of the Student Seat Designers.  All the entries were exceptional.  The students’ work was judged by a prestigious  panel including Interior Designers and Artists, and representatives from Luxe, and KidSanctuary Campus.

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Seated in the front are students Maria Otalora, John Leon, Emily Ferry, Courtney Thomas and Torrey Semlow. Standing is Interior Designer Alicia Kingsley, judges KidSanctuary Campus Executive Director Marlo Massey, KidSanctuary Campus President Connie Frankino, Features Editor at Luxe Interiors + Design Jesse Bratter and Interior Designer Alexandra Karram, Artist MaiYap.

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Catherine Pliess, Interior Design Program Coordinator for the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, introduced the students.

Below the students describe the inspiration behind their seats.

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We are delighted that these talented young designers joined our Take a Seat effort this year. They will all recieve student memberships in IFDA!  Congratulations to them all for a job well done.

There were many special moments to reflect on. Here Caroline Rogow with KidSanctuary Campus Honorary Trustee Dr. Fredric Barr share a hug as Connie Frankino looks on.  IFDA members, Seat Creators, and Students listen as the Seat Creators begin to talk about what inspired them.

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Above Interior Designer and Seat Creator Alexandra Karram tells Connie Frankino how KidSanctuary Campus has touched her heart.  Her words left us with tears in our eyes but smiles on our faces.

Marlo Massey, Exective Director of KidSanctuary Campus talks about how the children find a safe home and how they are able to start to rebuild their lives.

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IFDA President Caroline Rogow and President Elect Elizabeth Zecca share a lighter moment with Marlo.

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Thank you Luxe Interiors + Design for your generousity and support.  This was the perfect Kickoff for our 2015 Signature Take a Seat Live Auction Gala!

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Take a look below at more images from this wonderful celebration.

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