HEARTS Awards Honors Heroes of the Pandemic
—Twelve Organizations Presented Special Recognition to Leaders for
Outstanding Service During the COVID-19 Pandemic—
DALLAS – June 26, 2021 – Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, honored twelve heroes of the pandemic at the HEARTS Awards, which took place Friday, June 26 in Dallas during the summer edition of Total Home & Gift Market and Lightovation.
The HEARTS Awards, hosted by Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia, was a one-time special event held in partnership and solidarity with twelve leading industry organizations to honor companies and individuals that have shown outstanding leadership, empathy, and service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly 200 guests attended the gala event held in the World Trade Center atrium on the campus of Dallas Market Center. Honorees included:
· American Leather Holdings, presented by American Home Furnishings Alliance
· Serta Simmons, presented by American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame
· WAC Lighting, presented by the American Lighting Association
· Stephen Joseph Gifts, presented by Gift & Home Trade Association
· Mercado Global, presented by Gift for Life
· Baltimore Design Group, presented by Interior Design Society
· Telescope Casual Furniture, presented by International Casual Furnishings Association
· Caroline Hipple and Norwalk Furniture, presented by International Home Furnishings Representative Association
· Dudley Moore and Otto & Moore, presented by International Society of Furniture Designers
· Crypton Fabric, presented by International Textile Alliance
· Varaluz, presented by Sustainable Furnishings Council
· Ekornes, presented by WithIt
“Gathering together for the first time, these top industry organizations were united by gratitude to recognize and honor heart-based leadership,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center.
Added Sharon Davis, executive director of ART: “The evening was magical and uplifting. Thank you to the associations and inspiring honorees for their selfless generosity.”
During the event, recognition was also made for the HEARTS Awards silent auction benefitting No Kid Hungry held in January, which featured more than 70 one-of-a-kind plates creatively transformed by artists, designers, celebrities, influencers and special guests. The fundraising goal was met thanks to the participation of plate artists including Jane Seymour, Thom Filicia, Bobby Berk, Justina Blakeney, Carson Kressley, Thomas O’Brien, Jamie Drake, Libby Langdon, Adam Glassman (Oprah Daily), Julia Buckingham, Anna Bond (Rifle Paper Co.) Joe Ruggiero, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Jason Phillips (Phillips Collection), George Sellers (Global Views), Dann Foley, Alexander Julian, Bunny Williams, Barbara Barry, and Beatriz Ball. Special thanks to Rosenthal for providing the plates for the silent auction and to Freightwire and Global Views for their generous donations to support the auction.
HEARTS Awards media sponsors included: Aspire Design and Home, Designers Today, D Home, Furniture Lighting & Décor, Furniture/Today, Furniture World, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Home Accents Today, HFN, and Home Textiles Today.
ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card, and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at www.accessoriesresourceteam.org.
About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion for women, men, and children. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.