Vietri partners with Suntrust Bank to build Habitat for Humanity home
Home Accents Today Staff -- Home Accents Today, 3/20/2013 11:20:14 AM
Vietri Inc., an importer of fine Italian handcrafted dinnerware, flatware, glassware, linens, decorative accessories and garden urns, will mark its 30th year in business by giving back to the community. The company has partnered with Suntrust Bank to build a home with Habitat for Humanity in Orange County, N.C.
Vietri founder and CEO Susan Gravely will begin construction on Friday, March 22, "surrounded by Vietri and Suntrust colleagues, friends, customers and press," according to a press release.
Gravely, with her sister Frances and mother Lee, founded Vietri in 1983 after a family trip to Italy where they fell in love with the colorful hand painted dinnerware from the Amalfi Coast. The company now serves a customer base of more than 2,000 specialty stores in all 50 states, plus Canada, England, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. Vietri represents about 30 manufacturers throughout Italy.
In order to raise $78,000 for the Habitat for Humanity build, Vietri has created limited-edition anniversary mugs to be sold in retail stores and on www.vietri.com, with all proceeds going toward building the home. A website dedicated exclusively to the project launched on March 8. On habitat.vietri.com, visitors will be able to track the project's progress, sign up to build or donate directly to Habitat for Humanity.
"For 30 years, Vietri has been a part of many homes and lives," Gravely said. "Our customers have been passionate about their relationship with Vietri and encouraging to us with their stories and traditions. Now, we want to give back to a family who needs a home in honor of the many homes that have been a part of our success. We have built Vietri with the work of many hands and now we will build a home in the same way, together."
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