Exciting Announcement! Design for a Difference gets local presence and even more national attention.

Last year Whetstone & Associates announced Deanna’s selection as the South Central Regional winner for Design for a Difference – An International Design Guild Contest. Now a spokesperson for the contest, Deanna partnered with Blakely’s Flooring, this time for a pilot program, Design for a Difference Indianapolis.

Barb Fleming, president and designer at BAF Corp. and her charity of choice, Outside the Box – an organization that works to empower people with intellectual disabilities through education, leadership development and a customized career path – was the first winner of Design for a Difference Indianapolis. With the concept of retailers and designers partnering to give back to communities taking hold, Fleming, with the help of Deanna and Blakely’s, was able to secure nearly $75,000 in materials and labor. This was in addition to the $25,000 she received as the contest winner.


Well, word is out and Floor Trends Magazine featured 2015 Design for a Difference winner Stephanie Stroud’s remodel of Operation Breakthrough in its February issue along side Fleming’s renovation of Outside the Box.

For more information on Outside the Box and how you can donate, please visit otbonline.org.

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