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32nd ARTS Awards to Honor the Malouf Foundation with a HEARTS Award; Thom Filicia and Carson Kressley to Emcee the Returning Event

DALLAS – December 9, 2021 – Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, have announced that the Malouf Foundation will be honored with a special HEARTS Award at the 32nd ARTS Awards. The gala event honoring home industry excellence will be emceed by Thom Filicia and Carson Kressley at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas on Friday, January 7, 2022.

The Malouf Foundation is being honored for their sustained leadership helping keep children safe. Their flagship cause is confronting child sexual exploitation through education, healing and justice. They support their mission by donating products, partnering with industry experts and survivor leaders to educate the public, and advocating to improve awareness in groups and communities that can make a difference. In 2020, more than 15,000 individuals were trained nationwide by the Malouf Foundation to help increase identification of victims, and a new initiative was established to provide long-term restorative care for child survivors of sex trafficking.

“We are honoring the Malouf Foundation for one simple reason: heart-based leadership,” said Sharon Davis, executive director of ART. “Kacie and Sam have put their values into action by creating an organization that protects the most vulnerable. During this extraordinary time, we want to recognize the remarkable values the Malouf Foundation reflects and the incredible results they have generated.”

The HEARTS Award is a special honor that began as an entire event during the pandemic. In June of 2021, the annual ARTS Awards was replaced by a one-time special event called the HEARTS Awards held in partnership and solidarity with twelve leading industry organizations to honor companies and individuals that have shown outstanding leadership, empathy, and service during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the return of the ARTS Awards, organizations were invited to nominate a worthy organization for a HEARTS Award.

The Malouf Foundation was created in 2016 by Kacie and Sam Malouf, founders of Malouf Home™, which features more than 10,000 product options and has more than 15,000 retail partners. Because of the capabilities of the core company, the Malouf Foundation can give 100 percent of its resources to the people it serves.

The ARTS Awards, presented annually during the January Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, recognizes preeminent manufacturers, retailers, interior designers, product designers, and sales representatives. Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia will return to the stage as official emcees of the black-tie gala. The emcees, together with a slate of industry leaders, will announce category winners, the special Academy of Achievement Award being presented to Caroline Hipple of Norwalk Furniture, and the HEARTS Award being presented to the Malouf Foundation.

Tickets are $145 for ART members and $170 for non-members. Tables are also available. For more information visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/artsawards.

Sponsors for the 32nd ARTS Awards include Aspire Design & Home; Business of Home; Designers Today; D Home; Furniture, Lighting & Décor; Furniture Today; Gifts & Decorative Accessories; Home Accents Today; Home Textiles Today; Interior Design Society, and Sustainable Furnishings Council.

Keep up-to-date with Dallas Market Center events and happenings on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use #ARTSAwards to stay connected.

To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the DMC Blog.

About the ARTS Awards

The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 28 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Green Award, and other specialty honors. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants, and other industry officials. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Current Hall of Fame members are: Arteriors Home, Beatriz Ball, Bella Casa, BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Elements at Home, Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, HW Home, Loloi Rugs, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Phillips Collection, Robb & Stucky, Schonbek Worldwide Lighting, Seasonal Living, and Vietri.

About ART

ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card, and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at www.accessoriesresourceteam.org.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the world’s largest western marketplace, opening in 2021; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center. The marketplace is located in the strongest economic zone in the country. In addition, more than 80 percent of Dallas Market Center buyers report that they do not shop other market centers. To make plans for upcoming markets, visit the Dallas Market Center website and download the Dallas Market Center and Lightovation Apps. Also, keep up-to-date on all information by visiting Dallas Market Center on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Dallas Market Center blog.

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