Coverings, the largest international tile & stone show in North America, has announced the activation of three charitable initiatives over the course of the 2018 show. The initiatives, benefitting Habitat for Humanity, Clean the World, and The Homeless Pets Foundation, will all give back in some way to various segments of the local Atlanta community when the show makes its return to the host city May 8 – 11, 2018.
“We’re delighted to support these charitable initiatives that serve important segments of the Atlanta community at Coverings 2018,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “A major theme for Coverings 2018 is making connections, and on behalf of the tile and stone industry, we are looking forward to establishing meaningful connections with the beneficiaries of Habitat for Humanity, Clean the World, and the Homeless Pets Foundation in the local community.”
In partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Freeman, Coverings will donate tile and building materials from exhibitors’ booths to be made available to the public for purchase at ReStore, with all proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable homes in Atlanta for those in need. During show breakdown,
Coverings will collaborate with both parties to identify and collect appropriate, usable materials.
“The Atlanta Habitat ReStore is thrilled to be partnering with Coverings, its exhibitors and Freeman for this donation initiative,” said Drew Bonner, ReStore Sales and Donations Manager. “We are thankful for the opportunity to work with this incredible group to source and re-use as many items as possible in our mission of creating an Atlanta where all people have access to quality affordable housing in safe, vibrant neighborhoods with an opportunity to thrive.”
Coverings exhibitors Mapei and Florida Tile, as well as the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), have established a collaboration with Clean the World to assemble hygiene kits that will be distributed to in-need veterans in the Atlanta area. The group has set a goal of assembling 800 kits and will embark on a team competition on Monday, May 7 to see which group can assemble their allotment of kits in the shortest amount of time.
“Mapei is delighted to come together at Coverings 2018 with Florida Tile, NTCA, and Clean the World for this project benefitting Atlanta veterans,” said Dan Marvin, MAPEI Director of Technical Services. “We are collectively grateful to have found a way to give back to the local community on behalf of the tile industry, and our goal is to continue and grow this program at future Coverings shows.”
And, the Tile Council of North America, along with 14 of its member companies, will reprise its tiled dog house program, in which custom dog houses are designed and built using forms donated by Wedi and TCNA, to showcase the healthy, durable and stylish benefits of tile products. The beautiful and charming dog houses will be displayed in the Art Tile Courtyard (Booth #7249) during Coverings before they are donated to the Homeless Pets Foundation. The local organization, founded by local veterinarian Dr.
Michael Good, is dedicated to finding forever homes for cats and dogs whose time is running out in Atlanta-area animal shelters. A donation ceremony will take place in the Art Tile Courtyard on Thursday, May 10 at 3:15 p.m., and all attendees are encouraged to attend to see the dog houses and meet the hardworking volunteers and their canine companions.
“We are excited to partner with the Homeless Pets Foundation to support such a worthy cause,” stated Kathy Meyer, TCNA Marketing Director. “By donating these beautiful, one-of-a-kind doghouses, TCNA and its members are helping Homeless Pets Foundation continue its mission to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs in Atlanta-area animal shelters and promote the benefits of pet ownership.”
Coverings returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from May 8-11, and will bring together 1,100 exhibitors representing over 40 countries across 400,000 square feet of exhibition space. A full conference program for this year’s show was also recently announced.