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Gefen to Receive 2013 Luminary Award

Ellen Gefen will be given the 2013 Luminary Award by the Carolinas Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association.


The Luminary Award is given annually to a home furnishings industry icon whose work has furthered or promoted the home or décor industries. The award will be presented to Gefen, co-founder of Gefen Productions, at the Night of the Luminaries, a celebration dinner Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Also honored at the Night of Luminaries are the industry’s Rising Stars, senior-level undergraduates selected by their colleges or universities as their most outstanding home furnishings/design student. Rising Stars will have their work displayed at a special cocktail reception held in their honor just prior to the awards dinner.

Gefen has been reporting on the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C., for more than 29 years. Gefen has guided and pioneered The Home Fashion Information Network by managing a collection of print, video and Web-based programs centered on the home fashion industry.

In addition to the Luminary Award, Ellen has been honored by WithIt with the coveted WOW Award for Education and the prestigious Women in Business Award from “Triad Business News.” 

Ellen has been involved in IFDA (International Furnishings & Design Association), WITHIT (Women in the Home Industries Today), Triad Leadership Network and Piedmont Entrepreneurs Network.  She has also been active in her children’s school PTA’s and activities, is a past chair of ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens), and has also served on numerous committees for the United Way of Greater High Point and the High Point Chamber’s Challenge: High Point.







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