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Outdoor Living Showcase Brings Peace by Design

As owner of PLACE, Scott Rothenberger is no stranger to hard work. For nearly a quarter-century, Rothenberger has been transforming gardens, yards and even interiors into one-of-a-kind masterpieces for clients and their guests to enjoy.


This is why Rothenberger does it- the joy. The old expression, “love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life” certainly rings true for Rothenberger. He lends his talents to many causes including weddings, reunions and benefits simply for the joy in doing it and the satisfaction of knowing he could help.


“What good is money if you can’t use it to help someone? What good is it sitting in a bank account? It’s about helping people,” says Rothenberger.
Spurred by his desire to help others and his work, Rothenberger created the Outdoor Living Showcase: Lehigh Valley Edition, a self-guided tour of the Lehigh Valley’s most elegant outdoor living spaces ending with a cocktail reception featuring sweet treats and a raffle.


The event highlights five to seven houses from a selected region of the Lehigh Valley. Last year’s showcased homes in Center Valley. For 2017, a new neighborhood has been selected.
This year marks the eighth annual Outdoor Living Showcase: Lehigh Valley Edition. With the help of other local businesses, Rothenberger donates 100 percent of the event proceeds to charity. Previous beneficiaries include the Allentown Art Museum, the American Cancer Society and Wings 2 Peace Charitable Fund.


Wings 2 Peace Charitable Fund, a nonprofit organization created by Susan Christine, will be part of this year’s Outdoor Living Showcase: Lehigh Valley Edition. Susan Christine, her friend Janie Holben and numerous dedicated volunteers make the Wings 2 Peace Charitable Fund an asset to Lehigh Valley Health Network and families of pediatric and inpatient hospice across the region.
Created in May 2014, by a newly retired Christine, the organization provides everything from comfort and care items, to financial support for individuals and families affected by terminal illness.
“I needed something to feed my soul,” explains Christine.


Since its inception, Wings 2 Peace has raised $130,000 to help local families. Providing grocery gift cards, themed blankets, teddy bears, bed spreads and more, Susan and her team work tirelessly to meet the needs of affected families.


In 2016, the group brought smiles to the faces of six families at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital by playing Secret Santa. One special smile has captivated Christine, Holben and Rothenberger. Vivi, 6, is a patient at Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital. She is bright, curious and full of spunk; Vivi is the embodiment of strength. Diagnosed with Niemann-Pick disease (NPC), type-c, Vivi endures painful treatments and tests with a brave face. Her illness is genetically inherited, affecting several parts of her body. Her type-c diagnosis means that she has some deafness and copes with motor skill impairment. According to the National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation, there are only 500 diagnosed cases of type-c worldwide.


Vivi’s mother, Mihaela Costache detailed her daughter’s experiences on a plaque that can be seen in Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital.
“Every other week, we travel to Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital for an experimental treatment that includes lumbar punctures along with drug therapy. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital is one of only a few medical centers in the country that participates in the clinical trial for NPC, and the treatment is helping her feel well.” She continues, “… Vivi doesn’t like having an IV placed for treatment. Child-life specialists help make the hospital experience less scary by giving her an opportunity to be playful during procedures. To distract her, we all sing along to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off.”


In the spirit of generosity and community, this year’s Outdoor Living Showcase: Lehigh Valley Edition hopes to smash all previous donations, easing the struggle of those affected by illness, including Vivi and her family.
“It’s really a warm, fuzzy day. It’s a nice event that brings all the landscape companies in the Valley together – everyone in the ‘green’ industry. …It’s really a great day for everyone to come together for the cause,” says Rothenberger.


Please join Rothenberger, Christine and the Costache family on Sunday, September 10 from noon to 4 p.m. for a day of luxurious outdoor living for a worthy cause.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at designbyPLACE.com or scottrothenbergersplace.ticketleap.com


For more information about, or to donate to Wings 2 Peace Charitable Fund, please contact Susan Christine at wings2peace@gmail.com.

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