This Arizona Design Pro Gives Back Through A Growing Fundraiser


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Upon being diagnosed with a brain tumor, specifically incurable oligodendroglioma, designer Emily Yeates of Urban Revival began looking for a support group. After limited success, the Luxe Next In Design 99 honoree took matters into her own hands and turned to her community to begin fundraising.

Last May, that work culminated in Designing A Cure, a fundraiser held at her own remodeled Paradise Valley home (above), showcasing not only her favorite vendors and products but also a host of local makers who had donated artwork for a silent auction. “I am an art collector, so we removed my existing collection and filled the walls up with donated pieces,” she notes. The designer raised over $100,000 in a single night for nonprofit Oligo Nation and has plans for a repeat event on a larger scale this fall. “Integrating my passion for design with my deep love for local artists in the context of a fundraiser feels incredibly fitting and meaningful,” she says. “Spotlighting the talented people I work with while bringing awareness to a scary disease lights me up!”

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