[Kansas City, Mo.] Community spirit is alive and well in Kansas City, as a range of local businesses join local sponsor Madden-McFarland Furniture & Design Boutique in supporting this year’s Design for a Difference contest beneficiary, Operation Breakthrough. Operation Breakthrough’s mission is to help children develop to their full potential by providing them with a safe, loving and educational environment, according to the organization.
The national interior design contest, sponsored by the International Design Guild (IDG), named local designer Stephanie Stroud the contest winner. Stroud’s entry was chosen for its design appeal and ability to have a powerful and positive impact on the winning charity, according to the organization. Stroud and Madden-McFarland received $25,000 in goods and services to execute the design for Operation Breakthrough. The makeover, commenced Nov. 3, has a reveal date of Nov. 10. Additional national support came from flagship sponsor Shaw Industries and from Dabbieri Collection.
Stroud and associates will create a whimsical, park-like space with a library feature for both the children and their teachers to use. She has also redesigned two storage rooms. The final space is a workroom where parents can get Internet access to look for jobs, visit with each other and meet with social workers.
Stroud commented, “I could not be happier to have won such an exciting contest and to be giving this makeover to Operation Breakthrough. Not only is the space in much need of an overhaul, but the women and children who will be using this space are so deserving. Kansas City is a close knit community and the response that we have received from both volunteers and suppliers is something to be proud of.”
“We are beyond thrilled that local designer, Stephanie Stroud, was chosen as the national winner of IDG’s Design for a Difference contest,” said Patrick Madden, Madden-McFarland Furniture & Design Boutique. “Operation Breakthrough provides essential services to hundreds of families in our community and we look forward to creating a magnificent space for the children and their families to enjoy.”
Stepping up to join Madden-McFarland in fulfilling the makeover are local businesses: Wood Wallcovering (installation of custom wall covering), Sherwin-Williams (paint for all areas), Reilly Painting, Inc. (painting for all areas), Digital-Niche (printing of children’s artwork), Hook Gallery (framing of the children’s artwork), American Floor Covering Institute (labor and installation of all floor covering materials), National Wallcoverings (custom mural and dry erase wall coverings), Wilson Lighting, Global, office furnishing supplier, Kerry Stucky (decorative painting) and Jonas Miles of Miles Building and Restoration Inc.