October event raises more than $7,200 for Common Thread for the Cure Foundation

LEXINGTON, N.C. — A group of 46 industry designers, vendor reps and their guests joined together and raised over $7,200 for The Common Thread for the Cure Foundation by participating in Glamping for the Cause.

This relaxing, inspirational and fun-filled weekend event was held at the Sage Hill Campground, Caballo site in Santa Barbara, California, Oct. 6-8. Proceeds from the event benefited The Common Thread for the Cure Foundation’s confidential Grants for people (or their immediate families) within the furnishings and design industries who have breast cancer.

“We had a wonderful camper turnout and sponsor participation which helped us reach our fundraising goals for this Common Thread for the Cure Foundation event,” said Sasha Ikovic, event chairman and foundation director from Crossville, Inc. “Our intimate
glamping and wellness weekend included delicious vegan dinners catered by The Angry Vegan along with a yoga session,
meditation/cacao ceremony hosted by Brenda Shearer, hiking, swimming, and an incredible sunset sound bath hosted by Elle Larson. We
also slept in beautifully decked out tents with rugs and fabrics supplied by our sponsors.”

A group shot of the participants in the Glamping for the Cause event that supported Common Thread for the Cure.

Rob Mayer, chairman for The Common Thread for the Cure Foundation and president of Mayer Fabrics added, “I would like to thank all the designers, vendors and their guests whose combined efforts made this event for the foundation such a remarkable success. Because
of their dedication more people will benefit from our grants.”

After the Saturday night pajama dinner, the campers participated in a tea lighting ceremony. Paper tea lights were passed out and lit under the stars. The idea was to send messages of light out into the universe to those they love and have loved.

An image of the campers participating in the tea lighting ceremony that took the shape of a heart.

“It was really a moment of coming together and sharing love and light,” Ikovic added. “It took on a life of its own and was a beautiful moment. Everyone came together and formed a heart without prompting. It was like a giant Light Brite.” The tea lighting ceremony was followed by a campfire with s’mores, dancing and playing games. The magical evening ended with the campers gazing up into the night sky watching shooting stars under the Milky Way.

“I am so grateful to have worked with a dedicated team of ‘Glamp Counselors’ who committed their time and who believed in it,” Ikovic said. “There was a lot of coordination that went into making this happen and making it successful. Thanks to everyone who participated and donated their time and funds. This would not have been a success without them. The Common Thread for the Cure helped me at a dark time. To be able to pay it forward while also bringing a community together to share in the outdoors and wellness practices while fundraising and spreading awareness was an incredible experience. We look forward to doing it again next year.”

Ikovic and her team would like to recognize the sponsors who made the weekend’s success possible: Bentley, Clune Construction, Crossville, Inc, Haworth, Interface/Nora, Light Build Design, Matter Surfaces, Patcraft, SitOnIt Seating, SCI Lighting, and Unisource Solutions. Plus, a big shout out to our chef Chuck Romanus at The Angry Vegan, Erva Matte Brew Co, Duck Hunter from 1849 Wine Co.

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