Art of Design Event to End Homelessness Raises $145,000 for the Illumination Foundation

More than $145,000 was raised for Illumination Foundation at the recent Art of Design – Create a Seat to End Homelessness event hosted by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Newport Beach office. The funds will allow Illumination Foundation to complete their new Children’s Resource Center in Stanton, Calif., and expand their services to even more kids who are at-risk and homeless in the community.

Held at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s atrium located at 840 Newport Center Dr. in Newport Beach, the evening encompassed live music by Society Music and Sound, silent auctions, libations and exquisite cuisine from acclaimed restaurants. During the first half of the event, more than $41,000 was raised.


The showcase auction featured 12 show-stopping chairs designed by Audra Interiors, Dejager Design Inc., Famosa, Arlene Hacatoryan, K Smith Interiors, Steven Reed Love, Rejoy Interiors Inc., Steve Alt Design Group, Transitions Designs, Turcotte Interiors, and Willetts Design.

“The chairs looked magnificent. We are truly grateful to the designers who created the chairs specifically for this auction as well as the attendees and donors,” said Debbie Lewandowski, manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Newport Beach office. “The best part is that it all went toward helping Orange County’s homeless children with a new resource center. I can’t think of a better cause.”

Surprising facts from Illumination Foundation show that there are more than 32,000 homeless/unstably housed children in Orange County. The organization currently serves 80 children in its two after-school programs located in Stanton and Santa Ana. Since the centers opened in 2014, they have served 773 children and 299 parents. Of the children receiving services by Illumination Foundation, 90 percent have increased school attendance. Homelessness throughout Orange has increased 5 percent since 2013, proving that the challenge is big.

A full list of the event’s sponsors is available here.

About Illumination Foundation

Since 2008 Illumination Foundation has helped 7,161 individuals break the cycle of homelessness and provided healthcare for more than 13,774 patients through its outreach programs and Recuperative Care Center. For more information about Illumination Foundation, visit