Nov 302011


Published by The Wave

After their involvement in the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project in Mardela Springs, Md., the owner and staff of Bethany Resorts Furnishing decided the giving couldn’t stop there.

The design center and home decor store, located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach, will make one deserving child’s dreams come true with a personalized bedroom makeover.

Nominations will be taken until Dec. 7 of a child or family who’s inspirational and deserving, who may be struggling financially, or has suffered a tragedy or some other unfortunate situation.

While working on the EMHE project for the Johnson-Goslee family, the store was not only a sponsor, but employees volunteered with fundraising, staging, assisting in the VIP tent, laying sod and even building the roof, deck and some furniture.

The outpouring of support from everyone involved compelled Bethany Resort Furnishing staffers to bring the joy to someone else, said Cindy Centineo, certified design consult and sales manager.

“The EMHE changed the lives of those of us who were involved,” she said. “I don’t think you can experience something that changes the lives of others and not be different.”

While the store has always made donations to support its community, owner Kimmerly Messick said being able to see the immediate impact of how they’ve helped someone is the best feeling.

“When we got done (with EMHE) it was like, ‘OK what are we going to do next?’ ” she said. “If we’re picking a deserving child, their space is their bedroom.”

Nominations should include the candidate’s name, age, town, favorite things or interests and why they are deserving. Forms can be found at Bethany Resort Furnishings, located at 939 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

The store is looking for donations, which can be sent to Dream Bedroom Makeover c/o Bethany Resort Furnishings, P.O. Box 397, Bethany Beach Del., 19930.

“The entire staff is overwhelmed at the thought of this project and eager to begin,” Centineo said.

The winner will be announced at the EMHE view party on Dec. 9 at the Galaxy 66 Bar and Grille in Ocean City and the makeover will be done by Christmas, Messick said.

“The anticipation of the reveal of the house on TV for the first time is so exciting,” Centineo said. “(But) more important is the change it has made (for) one very deserving family.”

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