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One-of-a-kind art, one-of-a-kind fundraiser

Images of diverse individuals enjoying themselves at an outdoor fundraiser in the evening. Includes an image of someone jugging fire.

This is the Greater Cincinnati event you don't want to miss! This evening celebrates sustainability with unique live entertainment, local bites and brews, and a wide variety of creatively re-purposed furniture and home décor. All proceeds benefited Easterseals programs like Building Value that break down barriers to employment.

Friday, May 18, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
4040 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati OH 45223

This year we're improving your experience with mobile bidding! That's right, from the comfort of your phone, you'll be able to bid on your favorite upcycled chair or fabulous piece of wall art! Entertainment will include a live DJ and a return of the Lip Sync Battles, as well as a Living Statue, origami artists, award-winning magician Brett Sears (who blew people's minds last year), and jugglers from Cincinnati Circus. And of course, the Designer Challenge, Cincinnati's craziest and craftiest auction.


Diverse group of adults enjoying an outdoor fundraiser, smiling, laughing. Also images of furniture and decor up for auction.

Last year's Fund the Mission moment raised $4,275. This year, our goal is $5,000! Bring your energy, your creativity, and your party hats, and together we'll create opportunities for our Greater Cincinnati neighbors.

Do you have what it takes for the Designer's Challenge?
Four images of upcycled art - a coffee table of reclaimed wood, a cupcake stand turned upside down to hold flower pot, wall art of the Cincinnati skyline using reclaimed wood, and a carousel horse turned into a lamp.

There's still time! Registration is open until April 20, and applications can be found in the Building Value retail store. The ReUse-apalooza! Designer Challenge is our eccentric and earth-centric annual contest where local artists create original and unique masterpieces for the home out of practically anything and everything! Put your design skills to the test creating furniture, art, and home decor out of predominantly salvaged materials.

Teams or individuals, professional or amateurs are all encouraged to participate. All creations are auctioned off at ReUse-apalooza, with funds raised going to support Easterseals workforce development programs that break down barriers to employment and break the cycle of poverty.

There are still plenty of sponsorship opportunities and other ways to get involved with this amazing night. Contact Jackie Sulfridge to learn more!

Special thanks to our ReUse-apalooza Event Chair: Barbara Scull, President, The Alleen Company.

ReUse-apalooza Sponsors, Efficiency Sponsors Nelson Stark, O'Rourke Wrecking, and OMYA. Efficiency Sponsors Barnes Dennig, NextStep Networking, and Ray Hamilton

In 2017, you raised $65,000! Thank you!

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 Check out photos from ReUse-apalooza! 2017

Congratulations, Designers!

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A big thank you to all the amazing designers who contributed their time and creativity to our Designer Challenge Auction. Congratulations to the winners whose items received the highest bids for the evening:
  • Third Place: Sean Brown and the Easterseals YouthBuild team, for an impressive table from a variety of reclaimed wood and a salvaged metal gate. This piece also received the most votes for Audience Choice Award!
  • Second Place: Dave Rueve for his fully refurbished vintage console cabinet, now featuring iPod compatibility. This piece was also featured on
  • First Place: Orange Chair, for a set of six office chairs refurbished from authentic stadium sets from the historic Cincinnati Gardens.
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We've been known to have a lot of wild, wacky, zany fun at ReUse-Apalooza! But we're serious about our mission: Sustainability. Sustainable materials, sustainable employment, sustainable communities. Established in 2004, Building Value is a local non-profit building materials reuse center and deconstruction service in Northside that diverts thousands of tons of reusable building materials waste each year. while providing employment and job training to people with workplace disadvantages looking for a fulfilling career in construction or retail.
Interested in supporting our efforts to break down barriers to employment?

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