ASID Illinois Gives Back

ASID Illinois Gives Back
Completes Renovation of Little Friends, Inc.

Materials donated for Pro-Bono Renovation of Naperville’s Little Friends, Inc.

Little Friends Inc. announces the completion of Project Give-A-Hug, the pro-bono renovation of the reception area, board room, and kitchen in the administrative building of Little Friends, Inc. in Naperville, thanks to ASID Illinois Gives Back. ASID Illinois Gives Back committee was created for the purpose of facilitating charitable projects through the coordination of interior designers and industry partners, while demonstrating the goodwill and talents of ASID Illinois and its members. Little Friends has been serving children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities for over 50 years.

The redesign of Little Friends, Inc.’s reception area and kitchen – entitled Project Give-A-Hug – began in the spring of 2014. The ASID Gives Back committee — consisting of Dan McFadden, Past Basket Design; Roxanne Essex, Maggie’s Interiors; Sonia Dumont, Atelier Jouvence Custom Stoneworks; Mike Lennon, Ayr Custom Cabinetry and Sue Colbert, Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing — set out to promote the project, raise funds and recruit donations of products and services. Over twenty ASID Illinois Industry Partners and friends teamed up to make the project a reality, with nearly 100% of the needs donated. Enough funds were raised to cover associated costs with surplus available for Little Friends to purchase wish list items.

Project Manager Dan McFadden provided organization and oversight of Project Give-A-Hug, which was completed in mid-April. Major donors include Karndean Design Flooring and DeSitter Flooring, who teamed up to provide luxury vinyl tile throughout the space; Amber Leaf Cabinetry, The Countertop Factory, and Slusarz Corporation for the kitchen cabinetry and counters; Painting in Partnership and Benjamin Moore for all the painting; Ferguson, Pirch, River Oak, and Delta for the appliances, sink, and faucet; Desks, Inc. and Installation Specialists, Inc. for the high tech reception desk; and Arhaus who donated furniture for the reception area.  Additional funding for the project was provided by McKay Custom Sports, Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing, and the ASID Illinois Far West Suburban Peer Group. Professional photographs of the completed space were donated by Ted Glasoe Photography.