Volunteers from God’s Pit Crew, a nonprofit partner of TPFH, stack materials donated by Coverings exhibitors. The group will use the materials to rebuild communities devastated by natural disasters.

A Freeman forklift driver brings materials donated by Coverings exhibitors to a staging area off of the show floor.

Coverings exhibitors have once again teamed with Tile Partners for Humanity (TPFH), donating tons of excess tile, stone, adhesives and other materials from the show. The contribution was being shared with Mountain Re-Source Center and Asset Recycling, which both distribute building and construction supplies to nonprofit organizations around the country. A quantity of the materials was headed to respond to an immediate rebuilding need arising during Coverings, in the aftermath of tornados that destroyed scores of homes in Virginia.

Herb Miller with Mountain Re-Source Center, a TPFH partner, stands with materials donated by Coverings exhibitors.

Five trailer trucks of donated goods shipped out of Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center following the show. Volunteers from Freeman, the service contractor for Coverings, collected the materials and loaded the vehicles.

Three volunteers from Master Tile in Orlando, FL, stack donated items into crates for Tile Partners for Humanity.

”The relationship between Coverings and Tile Partners for Humanity has grown to be a tremendous way for exhibitors to generously express their appreciation to the local community and at the same time demonstrate their commitment to being environmentally responsible, repurposing the excess or used tiles from the shows in the most positive and meaningful way,” said Glenn Feder, president of client events for National Trade Productions, which manages and produces the show.

Taking Luck Granite, a Coverings exhibitor, donated all of its excess slabs to Tile Partners for Humanity.

”We are thrilled with the generous donations from Coverings and its exhibitors this year,” said Ally Fertitta Venugopal, executive director of TPFH. “This is the fifth year that we’ve partnered with Coverings, and exhibitors continue to recognize the value of sharing their excess material. The products are incredible, and we are excited that they will be used in disaster relief and other improvement projects around the country. There are so many ways that these beautiful products can be used, and we can’t wait to see the finished results.”

Mike Kelly, a volunteer from Master Tile in Orlando, stacks material donated by Taking Luck, a Coverings exhibitor.

Coverings also made a donation of the tiles golf putting green it had commissioned as the stage for this year’s opening ceremony. The modular components for this unique setting, which featured tiles and materials contributed by exhibitors, was delivered to the KLD Youth Foundation in Merritt Island, Fla., which provides after-school learning and recreational programs for children at risk. The putting green was a commissioned artwork designed and built by students from Clemson University’s Schools of Ceramic Engineering and Visual Arts. It included a bench, whose backside mosaic mural portrayed the setting sun and its reflection in the water, a tropical berm strewn with palm fronds and other Florida foliage, and a life-size alligator.

Tile Patners for Humanity is a nonprofit partnership between the tile industry and Habitat for Humanity. TPFH works with Habitat affiliates as well as other deserving nonprofit organizations to coordinate donations of tile, installation materials, and installation labor and training for volunteers. For more information, or to make a donation, call (770) 416-0200; e-mail at ally@tpfh.com, or visit www.tpfh.com.