ReUse-Apalooza sets records

Event committee: (back) Nick Rosian, Kerry Rosian, Tina Dyehouse, Paul Tucker, Renee Russell, David Rich and David Rickerd; (front) Pam Green, Danielle Gentry-Barth, Kellie Pitroff and Erica Busch Credit: Emily Hammerberg

Event committee: (back) Nick Rosian, Kerry Rosian, Tina Dyehouse, Paul Tucker, Renee Russell, David Rich and David Rickerd; (front) Pam Green, Danielle Gentry-Barth, Kellie Pitroff and Erica Busch
Credit: Emily Hammerberg

This year marked the biggest ReUse-a-Palooza yet, with nearly 400 people turning out to celebrate sustainability at Building Value.

The May 20 event raised more than $68,000 for Building Value’s parent organization, Easter Seals TriState, and its programs that break down employment barriers for people with disabilities and disadvantages

Building Value prepares people for careers in construction by deconstructing sites and salvaging materials, which are then taken to the Building Value retail store in Northside and sold to the public. Sales support the store and the job-training programs.

Selina Wright, a  graduate of one of the programs, spoke of the difference the construction career program made in her life. The experience she gained with Building Value and its partnership with Messer Construction made it possible for her to obtain an apprenticeship at The Nelson Stark Co., as well as reach her dream of buying a home.

The evening’s highlight was the Designer Challenge, a showcase and auction of the work of more than 35 local artisans. The one-of-a-kind art and architecture pieces were created using salvaged materials from the Building Value store, in the style of HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip.”

The night featured wandering performers from My Nose Turns Red youth circus, performances by Sexy Time Live Band Karaoke, and drinks and eats from local vendors. Emcees were Andrews Setters of WLWT Cincinnati and Ray of “Ray & Karen, The Morning Misfits” on Mix 94.9.

Sponsors included US Bank, Messer Construction, Omya and PNC Bank

Click on a thumbnail below to view photo gallery from the event.

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