A fundraising event featuring furniture made new in appearance and/or function will benefit MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF ILLINOIS.

The FURNITURE FLIP FOR WISHES sponsored by the shop FLEA MARKET TO FABULOUS will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at The Inn at 835, 835 S. Second St.

The event will include a silent auction and cocktails. Tickets, at $20 each, are available at Flea Market to Fabulous, 816 S. Spring St.

PAMELA ROUSE, an organizer of the event along with Flea Market to Fabulous’ owner JODI COLE, said a similar event was hosted years ago by another organization.

“It really wasn’t our brand, but the type of event was very popular … and Jodi always had a passion for flipping furniture,” said Rouse, who volunteers for Make-A-Wish.

For Furniture Flip for Wishes, volunteer donors take pieces of furniture and repurpose them for a different use or appearance. They then donate the furniture to be auctioned.

The MISSY GRADY-GRUSSENMEYER GROUP from The Real Estate Group consisting of MISSY GRADY-GRUSSENMEYER, COURTNEY HOECKER and KAREN BRADLEY is refurbishing a nearly new hall tree bench with baskets and hooks into a new “beachy cottage drop zone.”

Grady-Grussenmeyer said flipping the furniture is a way she can give back to Make-A-Wish, an organization that granted a wish to her late nephew FINNEGAN GRADY, who died of an inoperable brain tumor in 2009 just shy of his fourth birthday.

“My little nephew who died went to Disney because of Make-A-Wish … That Make-A-Wish was huge. He had the time of his life,” Grady-Grussenmeyer said. “I just thought, ‘You know what? We need to do something. We want to do more things that are good for the community.’

“You’ve got to give something back because people did it for my brother’s (Dave Grady) family.”

The goal of Furniture Flip for Wishes is to raise $5,000, the cost of one wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps grant wishes to children in Illinois who have life-threatening medical conditions. Every year, nearly 1,200 children in Illinois are diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, according to illinois.wish.org. Since 1985, Make-A-Wish Illinois has granted more than 13,000 wishes.

“We’ve granted a camper wish to a little girl who is big into 4-H. I’ve done a pontoon boat wish in Pana. A lot of them are Disney travel wishes,” Rouse said.

Grady-Grussenmeyer said she encourages people to attend the Furniture Flip for Wishes event or make a direct donation.

“We just wanted to do something to give back, pay it forward. People did a lot of nice things for my family when (Finnegan) was sick,” Grady-Grussenmeyer said.

For more information, contact Rouse at wishcaptain1@gmail.com or 415-7400.


— Contact Tamara Browning: tamara.browning@sj-r.com, 788-1534, twitter.com/tambrowningSJR.