Philly Chair Affair Press Release

Tracy Segal                                                                                                          

Pathways to Housing PA

215-390-1500 x 1510

For Immediate Release 

March 3, 2017


The Philadelphia Furniture Bank Launches Inaugural “Chair Affair”

Creative fundraising event to ensure no child sleeps on the floor



PHILADELPHIA, PA, March 1, 2017 - The Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB), a signature program of Pathways to Housing PA, will gather local artists and interior designers to turn ordinary furniture into extraordinary pieces of art for auction – all in an effort to raise money for families moving out of homelessness.

“No child should sleep on the floor” is the mantra of CEO of Pathways to Housing PA, Christine Simiriglia.  She uses it to help explain her vision for creating the Philadelphia Furniture Bank in 2015.  Philadelphia has a 26% poverty rate.  A person has to work 81 hours a week at minimum wage ($7.25 per hour) to afford even a modest one bedroom apartment in the Philadelphia area.  But even if a family has a place to live, they may not be able to furnish it.  The PFB’s goal is to help get the family members off of the floor and into their own beds.

The Philly Chair Affair, an evening of creativity will take place on June 1, 2017 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Moore College of Art.  A ticket to this event will include networking, cocktails, catered food provided by John Serock Catering, auction and raffle.  VIP tickets will also be available which will allow the guests to preview the auction, meet the artists and have photo opportunities with board members and other distinguished guests.

The artists that will be transforming 20+ chairs for Chair Affair hail from the Tri-State area, and bring a wide range of art experience with various media, including paint, textiles, sewing, woodwork, stamping, embellishments and more.  Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information about Chair Affair and sponsorship please call Tracy Segal- Director of Development, 215-390-1500 x 1510 or by email at Tickets for the June 1st event are $150 and may be purchased online at by calling Tracy Segal at (215) 390-1500, ext. 1510

About Philadelphia Furniture Bank

Philadelphia Furniture Bank offers a simple, practical solution for donating used furniture items that are still too good to just throw away.  Innovative partnerships let them keep overhead low while offering skills training and employment to veterans and people with disabilities.  With efficiencies of scale, they can meet the City's need to furnish housing for people moving out of homelessness and in other crises.  People in need are able to make a home and feel safe and comfortable, with beds to sleep in and a table and chairs for family meals.  The Philadelphia Furniture Bank works with member agencies to insure that their clients have a place to keep their clean clothes and treasured belongings.  These are simple, human goals.

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