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ifurnish helping Advocates Spruce up the Shelter

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Frisco furniture store ifurnish is partnering with Advocates for Victims of Assault in Summit County to Spruce up the Shelter.

With the updates to the shelter, the nonprofit hopes to provide a more comfortable, cozy place for its visitors to call home. ifurnish is preparing pre-assembled furniture packages at affordable prices for community members to select and sponsor. The packages are now available for purchase.

“We want to give our visitors and victims of assault a place that is welcoming. With new furniture, they will have a place that feels like their own,” said Dawn Vranas, victim advocate and resource developer for Advocates.

With the recent media activity surrounding the death of Stephanie Roller Bruner, the Advocates organization believes that this is a great time to raise awareness for those who are suffering from assault and give them hope with a newly updated shelter as their safe haven.

ifurnish owner Kelly Pestello had a close connection with Roller Bruner prior to her death.

“Stephanie was my dancing coach when I competed in Dancing with the Mountain Stars in 2010. She was always so encouraging and made my participation in the event the positive experience that it was,” Pestello said. “This cause will also help to shed light on October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

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Individuals or organizations that sponsor a room will be honored with a plaque above that designated room. This will allow assault victims at the shelter to identify with those who have helped to provide them with a comfortable refuge.

The upcoming Summit County Chamber of Commerce Mixer, which will be held on Thursday, is being hosted by ifurnish. Advocates and the Spruce up the Shelter” cause will be featured at the event. The community is welcomed and encouraged to attend the mixer. In the meantime, those interested in sponsoring a room at the shelter may contact Lori Shiefan with Advocates for Victims of Assault at (970) 668-3906 or Kalyn Johnson with ifurnish at kalyn@ifurnishco.com.