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an application form, and a panel of judges reviews the application, budget of the organization and an essay, which paints a picture of how an individual or family fell into their current situation, or the purpose and mission behind a worthy nonprofit organization, including their future hopes, dreams and aspirations. The judges carefully consider each applicant, and by mid-summer, someone’s life is forever changed by the kind and generous work of Designing Dreams. This year, the 2011 room makeover was awarded to the non-profit agency Bald Ridge Lodge, a safe-haven home for at-risk boys ages 12 – 17 that are in need of protection, direction and supervision in Forsyth County. The boys are referred to the lodge through the Department of Family Services or the local Juvenile Court, and receive counseling, mentoring, community support and engage in positive activities while residing there. With a maximum capacity of 12, the boys spend most of their time within nine bedrooms, a study hall and recreation room, which the AHT Interiors team got their hands on. The recreation room previously consisted of a couple of outdated big box TVs and some stackable “waiting room-style” chairs. For teenage boys who have experienced hardships far beyond their years, a recreational room is an important element to allow them to act their age in a safe and secure environment. John Haigler, executive director of Bald Ridge Lodge, also added that while the boys are residents of the lodge, it is important for it to feel as much like home as possible. Whereas last year’s recipient, Jesse’s House, put on the “frills” to make a comfortable and soothing space for young women, this makeover revealed a room suitable for boys to be boys: a new pool table, flat screen TV, custom built-in shelving for games and activities, comfortable seating, area rugs, granite-top tables, custom window treatments, and fresh paint for the trim. When Todd began to plan the transformation of the recreation room, she collaborated with

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