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Powell Works With Las Vegas Chapter Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Case goods, accent, youth and occasional furniture importer Powell Co. announced that it has continued a tradition of supporting charities that benefit children by bringing one little girl her heart’s desire thanks to its Las Vegas Furniture Market showroom in the World Market Center. Six-year-old Leila, recently diagnosed with a form of childhood leukemia and a client of Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada, is a devoted fan of Disney’s “Hannah Montana” television show, which his about a young teen who is a regular kid by day and a pop star by night. Leila told her wish grantors, Nancy and Emily Slitz, volunteers for the Las Vegas chapter of Make-A-Wish foundation, that she dreamed of having a Hannah Montana bedroom makeover, noting that the television show cheered her up after treatments and she thought it was time she had a “big-girl” room. The mother-daughter realtor team had worked with Bob Maricich, president and CEO of the World Market Center, when he was house-shopping in Las Vegas and asked him if anyone at WMC might be interested in helping them make Leila’s wish come true. Powell was on the list Maricich gave them, along with an opportunity to get into the building, Nancy Slitz says, “and Powell just opened their doors to us completely. The entire showroom was ours for the picking, and we selected a lovely metal bedroom with the whimsical look that made it perfect for Leila’s Hannah Montana dream room. The furnishings installation occurred in Leila’s home earlier this month. “Tom Liddell (vice president and national sales manager) and Neely Peck (also with Powell) could not have been more gracious and generous,” Slitz added. An entire line of Hannah Montana Disney bedroom accessories were donated by Delta, another WMC tenant, in shades of pink, purple and gold, with plenty of pop star spangles, glitter and shine. The big “reveal” for Leila’s room makeover was taped by local television station Channel 3 KVBC for its regular “Make-A-Wish Monday” feature. The room featured new paint and window treatments, as well as new bright purple carpet and mounds of Hannah Montana merchandise from Wal-Mart. Powell Co. designs, imports and distributes a wide range of home furnishings.

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