TravelChair becomes 2013 Chair Affair sponsor

This year’s Chair Affair themes are a terrific fit for the TravelChair’s product line— camping and fishing! 

Tacoma, WA—(February 14, 2013) – - TravelChair®, an international provider of portable chairs and tables announced today that it has become an official sponsor for the 4th Annual Chair Affair event, supporting the NW Furniture Bank.  TravelChair will be sponsoring several auction packages on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Northwest Furniture Bank.  http://www.nwfurniturebank.org

“We strongly support what the NW Furniture Bank is doing.  Outfitting people with the essential home furnishings and promoting the idea that one is receiving a “hand up” instead of a “hand out” is a great approach.   It is a great fit for our company as well to offer In-Kind donations for the sponsorship packages.  Think about it, a chair company sponsoring the Chair Affair!  This year’s auction themes match several products in our product line,” said Daniel Roso, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TravelChair.” http://www.travelchair.com

This unique event features amazing one-of-a-kind chairs and other furniture pieces created by area artists for purchase during the Silent Auction.  To top off the evening there is a spirited live auction in which ten select packages are sold to the highest bidder.  Last year’s event was attended by 400 people.

“TravelChair is sponsoring the “Gone Fishing” and” The Great Outdoors” package.  One package is a fishing theme, the other a camping theme.  TravelChair will be the perfect “inspiration pieces” for these packages,” said Bonnie Jensen, chair person responsible for coordinating the live auction packages.

The focus on sponsored packages by TravelChair includes two Big Kahuna Chairs (a name not chosen lightly) http://travelchair.com/products/chairs/deluxe-chairs.  Supersized from the ground up, it sports a weight load capacity of 800 pounds.  The Big Kahuna is not only wider, higher and longer, but is reinforced throughout with oversized tubing and larger grommets.  The Paddler Chair is super comfy with ergonomic S-bend back rest and adjustable lumbar for optimal comfort and support.  No more sitting on a piece of wood while fishing with this padded Paddler.

TravelChair will also be providing a one-of-a-kind chair featuring Olympic Peninsula artist, Todd Fischer for the SILENT AUCTION.  You can see Fischer’s artwork and read about his diverse, creative artistic background here: http://toddfischer.net/index-2.html

“When Daniel Roso approached me with this idea it was an immediate yes.  I love offering my talents to the betterment of my NW community.  Partnering with local outreaches for the environment like the Ikkatsu Project, http://ikkatsuproject.org/  and local community based events like the Chair Affair resonate deeply with me and my core values.”

What fascinates people about the simple business model of the NW Furniture Bank is how well it works.  They rely on gently used furniture donations from private individuals, and major Northwest retailers like Selden’s Home Furnishings, Recliner Land and Ikea to name a few.  Items are then placed in the NWFB inventory to give to families in need, or selected for resale in the recently opened Hope Furnishings public retail store, upstairs in the same location as the Furniture Bank.  Proceeds generated from the retail store may then be used to purchase high demand items such as twin mattresses and small dressers for families served by NWFB.  “This is a self-sustaining business model based on the “highest use of resources” philosophy, and has enabled us to manage the Furniture Bank inventory more efficiently”, says David Jensen, Retail Manager for NWFB.

NW Furniture Bank works with more than 90 agencies to provide their clients furniture to help them on their path to self-sufficiency.  Qualified clients will find great furniture, mattresses and all other basic household items for a modest processing fee.  Payment of the processing fee and the ability to “shop” for their furniture promotes the idea that they are being given a “hand up” instead of a “hand out”.  Both NW Furniture Bank and Hope Furnishings rely heavily on the power of dedicated volunteers that just want to be part of doing a good thing for their community.  NWFB currently serves only Pierce County in Washington State, but may look to expand the model to other areas of need.

Event Location is: 117 Puyallup Avenue, Tacoma, WA, April 26th at 6pm.  The NW Furniture Bank is a 501-(c) Non-Profit Charitable Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.

Travel Chair Contact
Daniel Roso
Daniel@travelchair.com
VP of Sales and Marketing
TravelChair Company
5709 34th Ave. NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
253-851-7519 (o)
253-851-5359 (f)
NW Furniture Bank Contact
Bill Lemke
blemke@nwfurniturebank.org
Executive Director
NW Furniture Bank
117 Puyallup Ave
Tacoma, WA  98421
253-302-3868 (o)
253-302-4182 (f)

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