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WithIt Announces Scholarship Foundation Drive at High Point Market

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WithIt Scholarship Foundation Drive at Market 2008 ‘Support the Future’ Campaign Kicks-off in Four Hands Showroom Women in the Home Industries Today (WithIt) kicks off its 2008 ‘Support the Future’ Campaign this week at the High Point Market, seeking donations for the organization’s Scholarship Foundation. Four Hands showroom has been established as the primary donation site where donors may ask for Rene Crosby, national sales manager for the case goods and leather upholstery importer, who is also serving as the VP of Scholarship on this year’s WithIt board of directors. “It’s important for our industry as a whole to pave the way for upcoming talent to keep the home furnishings industry fresh and vibrant,” said Crosby. “I’m thrilled to be part of that and grateful to be apart of such a unique and relevant organization.” Additionally, at WithIt’s biannual Tent event, Tuesday evening of Market in the Century Courtyard at Market Square, attendees will have the opportunity to make donations to the Scholarship foundation. WithIt is the premiere international organization dedicated to the support and development of female professionals in the home industries since 1997. WithIt does business as a not for profit organization (501C6) and also manages a foundation for scholarships (501C3). The organization has set a goal of $100,000 for the Scholarship Foundation by 2009. Several donation levels are available to individual and companies, from ‘Sustainer’ at $50, to ‘Endowment’ for contributions exceeding $5,000. Scholarships are awarded annually to student candidates in home furnishings following a rigorous application process. All scholarship contributions are tax-deductible. Donors will receive an ‘I Support the Future’ sticker to wear on their market badge. “We’d like to thank the industry and Four Hands for supporting WithIt over the past 10 years,” said Sara Lyke, WithIt executive director. “We’re all working together to improve the long-term outlook for home furnishings.” Four Hands is an active WithIt supporter and has had past recipients of WithIt WOW awards. Over 80% of Four Hands staff is female. For additional information, visit www.withit.org Sara Lyke, executive director: 336-880-2188

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