Capel Makes Donation To Charitable Fund For Nepal Relief Efforts

Capel Rugs has made a donation to the Oriental Rug Importers Association’s (ORIA) Charitable Fund to support earthquake relief efforts in Nepal. “This catastrophe has impacted millions of lives and we are committed to doing all we can to help during this difficult time of recovery,” said Cameron Capel, vice president of national accounts for Capel Rugs and a member of the ORIA Executive Board. “All of the money being collected by ORIA is going directly to helping those on the ground in Nepal who need it the most – especially children.” The massive 7.8 magnitude quake that struck Nepal on April 25 has killed more than 5,500 and injured at least 11,000 more, according to the United Nations. Millions of people are in need of shelter, water and sanitation, emergency health, food and protection for the next three months, after the tremor and powerful aftershocks destroyed around 130,000 houses and damaged another 85,856-plus properties across 39 of Nepal’s 75 districts. The funds being collected by ORIA will provide assistance to a variety of respected organizations that are active in the area, including AmeriCares, Care & Fair Nepal, Nepal Burn & Cleft Hospital and STEP Label. “The ORIA has been in contact with industry members and organizations who operate in Nepal to find out the best way in which we can help the people devastated by the recent earthquake there, ” said Lucille Laufer, executive director of ORIA. Capel and other ORIA members have been working to improve the lives of children in rug-weaving counties for more than a decade through the ORIA Charitable Fund. The nonprofit organization operates with minimal expenses, guaranteeing that nearly all of its funds go to support humanitarian projects, such as schools and clinics in India, Pakistan and Nepal. In addition to disaster relief, the group focuses on supporting ongoing non-governmental programs aimed at improving the health, welfare and economic status of needy children and their families in major carpet-weaving districts around the world. For more information, visit www.oria.org....

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Nourison Donates to Nepal to Support Relief Efforts

The earthquake in Nepal has caused massive devastation and has affected the lives of thousands. Nourison will be making an immediate donation of $10,000 and will donate additional proceeds from their best-selling Nepal Collection that was inspired by the artistry and culture of Nepal. “We felt that we needed to help Nepal during this tragedy,” said Alex Peykar, Principal of Nourison. “Our industry has always had close ties with the people and region of Nepal. Our goal is to raise $25,000 during the month of May and we hope that these funds can help with the relief efforts.” Nourison will donate to the ORIA Charitable Fund that has been supporting the needs of children and their families in carpet weaving regions for over a decade. For more information, please visit www.nourison.com or www.oria.org....

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Project Mala Seeks Expanded Importer Support

Project Mala, which has been supported for many years with contributions from the ORIA’s Charitable Fund, has two new donorship programs that it hopes will receive direct support from companies, as well. The first is sponsorship of individual children or Project Mala-run schools. Project Mala was founded in 1989 with just one school in Guria that provides education for the very underprivileged children in the carpet belt of Uttar Pradesh, India. This effort has been expanded to ten schools, the most recent being the establishment of a secondary education class to enable the brightest children to reach their full potential. The second is a new rug label program. At a cost of $1 each, the labels are designed to show company support for Project Mala. Project Mala representatives Neville Platt and Robin Garland are available to answer questions about these programs. Mr. Platt can be reached via email at Platt by email at neville@projectmala.us or at (301) 879 9772. For more about Project Mala, visit...

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Auction Raises Funds For ORIA Charity

SECAUCUS (July 25, 2011) – Twenty-three donated rugs were auctioned off at the July International Area Rug Market held in conjunction with the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Market, with the proceeds benefiting the Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA)  and the ORIA Charitable Fund. “We would like to thank the ORIA Members who donated rugs to the Auction, as well as Charles Cashin of Amici Imports for organizing the shipment of the rugs and setting up the showroom,” said Lucille J. Laufer, Executive Director of The Oriental Rug Importers Association, Inc., a Secaucus, N.J.-based Trade Association that fosters ethical business practices and promotes the best interests of the Oriental Rug Trade in the United States.  “Special thanks our co-sponsor Americasmart Atlanta who graciously donated the space and provided us with items needed to set up and run the showroom.” ORIA Members who donated carpets are: Amici Imports, Aminco, Bashian, Capel Rugs, Concepts International, D & K Wholesale, Kalaty, KAS, Loloi Rugs, Marcella Fine Rugs, Momeni, Nourison, Oriental Weavers, Radici USA, Tamarian Carpets, Tibet Rug Company, Tufenkian Artisan...

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Third Annual Silent Auction To Benefit ORIA And Charitable Fund

Sixteen ORIA members have each generously donated one or more beautiful area rugs for this important event which will be held during the upcoming July Atlanta market on July 13-15, 2011. In addition, AmericasMart has provided exhibit space on the fourth floor (4B1) for the fundraiser. Each rug purchased at the auction not only supports two very worthy organizations, but also provides a tax deduction. This is a very important fundraising event for the ORIA and we hope our industry colleagues will support our efforts by visiting the gallery (open Wednesday to Friday, 9AM-5PM) during market and bidding on one or more of these magnificent rugs. The following ORIA Members have generously donated rugs for our Third Annual Silent Auction: Amici Imports, Aminco, Bashian Brothers, Capel Rugs, Concepts International, D & K Wholesale, Kalaty, Kas, Loloi Rugs, Looms of Persia, Marcella, Momeni, Nourison, Oriental Weavers, Radici USA, Tamarian and...

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