Project will 'benefit a lot of people'
The Bald Ridge Lodge was recently named the recipient of a room makeover from Allison Havill Todd Interiors, a Forsyth County interior design firm.
Owner Allison Havill Todd said judges chose the boys' home because they felt the room makeover could "truly make a difference for the group of young boys who call this home."
"Judging from the photos that were sent, the common living room area only has a few waiting room style chairs, nowhere to really be comfortable," Todd said.
"[Judges] also felt this would benefit a large number of people – those who are currently [lodge] residents and future residents to come – as well as benefit the community as a whole."
This is the third year the interior design firm has awarded a room makeover to an organization or family in need.
Through its Designing Dreams program, Jesse's House, a home for displaced girls, received the award last year.
The previous year the makeover went to a family with a daughter who had many health problems stemming from premature birth and a brain tumor.
The community is invited each year to nominate an organization or family with hardships for the award, which is valued at about $20,000.
Todd said this year about a dozen nominations were received.
"A wide variety of groups and individuals were nominated ranging from facilities like the boys' lodge to individuals with physical hardships or dealing with long-term illness," she said.
"Unfortunately, some of those could not be considered as we are not in a position to handle remodeling projects that require structural changes or permitting."
The Bald Ridge Lodge makeover will begin Monday, Todd said, as she is scheduled to tour the facility to get ideas for the project.
"We are committed to complete the makeover before Thanksgiving," she said. "We will be working diligently over the next few months to design, plan and secure products and other needs from vendors and other local businesses who may be able to offer their support."
A kickoff and fundraising event for the project will be held Aug. 25 at Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails in Milton.
Todd said that event will be open to the public, but those wishing to attend should contact her office in advance.
The event will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. There will also be raffles and a silent auction.
Todd said she's still in the process of collecting silent auction items.
"I encourage any local businesses who would be willing to offer auction items to contact us," she said. "We also encourage sponsorship and donations on an individual level. All donations are tax-deductible."
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