Showroom of the Year: Exceptional Community Involvement

Accent Lighting has been family-operated since 1996 and is approximately 5,000 square feet. The store makes giving back part of its business. A lighting consultant volunteers at two community colleges, presenting lectures to interior design students on lighting applications and trends, and many employees contribute both time and money to charities the store is involved with. Charities supported include: Equine Rescue of Bend, OR, run 100 percent by volunteers and donations, which cares for more than 100 abused, neglected and orphaned horses; Ronald McDonald House charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington, which provide a home away from home for families with seriously ill children; and at Lake Oswego High School, where the store supports the dance team and girls lacrosse team every year.

Judge's comments included, "I really like how they didn’t just tell me about their charitable contributions; they showed me how they do it. They told me about their charities and they get their clients involved, too. Well done!"

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