04 Mar Denali Home Collection by Monterey Mills Announces Design-A-Throw Winners
JANESVILLE, Wisconsin (March 4, 2013) – Denali Home Collection by Monterey Mills, one of the nation’s premier suppliers of knitted pile fabrics, has announced its winners for the Second Annual Design-A-Throw Contest. The Grand Prize of $1,000 was awarded to Hannah Reidy (University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth) for her design, “Sea of Dreams”. The award was presented by University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth’s Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts in a ceremony at the Star Store Crapo Gallery. Nine prizes were awarded in this year’s competition: one Grand Prize, three 2nd Place, and five 3rd Place, almost double last year. In all, $3,500 in prizes were awarded to students this year, and $2,500 in scholarship funds were donated to participating schools. Prizes were awarded to the following students:
Hannah Reidy 1st Place $1,000 University of Mass. – Dartmouth
Melinda Thiedig 2nd Place $500 Stephens College
Benazir Torres 3rd Place $500 Savannah College of Art & Design
Lindsay Ducey 4th Place $500 University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Morgan Bregitzer 5th Place $200 Central Michigan University
Anna Hall 6th Place $200 North Carolina State University
Abigail Decker 7th Place $200 Syracuse University
Samantha Burdett 8th Place $200 North Carolina State University
Vicki Good 9th Place $200 Central Michigan University
Students from eight colleges and universities across the country participated in this unique opportunity to design a throw, adding to Denali’s 2014 collection.
“Our goal was to utilize the talents of students to develop new designs into the line. We were not only overwhelmed by the response from numerous design schools that participated but also amazed at the level of creativity,” states Daniel Sinykin, President and CEO. “We are awarding the top nine designs and are excited to start adding some of these into our Americana category.” The throw designed by Hannah Reidy was presented to her and is available for purchase today by contacting Denali Home Collection at 800-588-0081 (3).
The Denali Home Collection has been a favorite in the retail market since 1998 with Rustic and Western designs. In 2012, the Company reinvented the line adding Home Décor, Urban, Bold, Ribbon and Nautical. “This year, we added 33 new designs to our catalogue- 3 of which were winning designs from last year’s Design-A-Throw competition,” said Cheryl Marchek, National Sales Manager for the Denali Home Collection. “With so many great designs being submitted again this year, we will definitely continue to grow the catalogue in 2014,” she added.
The Denali Home Collection by Monterey Mills is instantly recognized as a distinctive gift item due to its plush feel and large size. Denali double-sided throws bring the consumer a new level of warmth and softness. Softer and warmer than fleece, these unique throws are made from an innovative fabric twenty years in the making. Called MicroplushTM, the hi-tech pile fabric is knitted with a very fine denier acrylic fiber making it light, soft, and comfortable to the touch. “I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t say that this is the warmest throw that they have ever had,” said Sinykin.
Sinykin stated that the Company is already working on the patterns submitted and has announced the Fall 2013 Design-A-Throw Contest will be centered on the themes of Nautical and Hunting. Information can be found on the website at www.designathrow.com.