An entrepreneurial spirit is often partnered with the desire to give back to the community and Past Basket Cares is a side of our business that brings important change to those around us. In Fall of 2015 PB Kitchen Design President, Dan McFadden joined “Project Give-a-Hug” of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Members of the committee volunteer together to identify worthy projects where design and material resources are needed in a local community.
Areas of improvement that can make a difference in people’s lives.
The committee saw an opportunity with Little Friends, Inc. in Naperville. A private, non-profit organization that serves children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, Little Friends has been transforming lives since 1965.
The “Project Give-a-Hug” committee visited the Little Friends main facility and decided they needed an updated kitchen and a new reception area. The committee identified the scope of project, which included a complete kitchen remodel of everything - flooring, cabinets, appliances, etc. The kitchen is used daily by dozens of people at Little Friends – both employees and clients alike. The new reception area will feature a high quality reception desk and all new flooring.
Work on the project is in full swing as demolition started mid-January.
“This project has been funded almost 100% from donations and the Gives Back team has been working for months to put our plan together.” explained Dan. “As the project manager, I am excited to see the plan come together.”
This is the first big assignment for Project Give-a-Hug of the ASID in 2016 and future initiatives could include more than just kitchen remodels.
The ASID Project Give-a-Hug Committee:
Dan McFadden, Past Basket Design (project manager)
Roxanne Essex, Maggie's Place Interiors (head interior designer)
Sonia Dumont, Atelier Jouvence Custom Stoneworks (financials)
Mike Lennon, Ayr Custom Cabinets (allsupport)
Sue Colbert, Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing (PR)
Little Friends Project donors:
~ DeSitter Flooring
~Amber Leaf Cabinetry
~Painting in Partnership
~The Countertop Factory
~Installation Specialists, Inc.
~McKay Custom Sports
~Past Basket Design
~Maggie's Place Interiors
~Atelier Jouvence Custom Stoneworks
~Ayr Custom Cabinets
~Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing