Last May, we built a special restaurant table top specially as a display piece for the National Restaurant Association Trade Show in Chicago. The rustic patina oak table top measured 32”x96”, was 1.75” thick, and had an industrial steel base with rustic oak queen posts. In short, it was a big heavy restaurant table that definitely got heads turning at the trade show.
However, after the show with nowhere else to go, the big heavy restaurant table top was relegated to our warehouse and put in storage. Days of hard work had gone into crafting this beautiful wooden table and it was a shame that it was now sitting in a dark closet. With the holidays coming up, we decided that, instead of a restaurant or bar, we wanted this unique table top to go to a deserving family and our Holiday Table Giveaway was born. It was through this Giveaway that the Timeworn family was introduced to the Gold family.
Emily and David Gold live in south Minneapolis where they raise their four children ranging in age from one to seven years old. Shortly after birth, their five-year-old daughter Lizzie was diagnosed with the life-limiting disease Pallister-Killian Syndrome.
Despite the many challenges that come with raising a child living with Pallister-Killian Syndrome, the Gold’s continue to give back to their community and neighbors. The family is actively involved in their church and Emily regularly shares her story with others in similar situations at local children’s health care facilities.
About Pallister-Killian Syndrome:
- Pallister–Killian Syndrome (PKS) is an extremely rare genetic disorder that affects those diagnosed from birth
- There are an estimated 2,000 PKS cases currently in the United States
- PKS is characterized by low muscle tone, disfigured facial features, sparse scalp hair at birth, and hypopigmentation
- Those affected by PKS typically lose their battle within the first decade of life
To learn more about PKS or support families affected by PKS, please visit: http://pkskids.net/
On the morning of January 16th, we loaded the big heavy restaurant table up in our trailer and set out for the Golds home in south Minneapolis. It took 15 minutes and six guys to get the six-hundred-pound wooden table top up the snowy steps and situated in the Gold’s home. Despite being awkwardly long and heavy, the table fit the dining room perfectly. Best of all, their new larger dining room table will allow the family of six to enjoy meals together again.
“Dinner is one time each day when all six of us can be together,” said Emily Gold. “Raising Lizzie has truly made me appreciate the importance of spending time together as a family and I know that this table will be a very special place for us to gather for many years to come.”
Thank you to everyone that supported or participated in our Holiday Table Giveaway and thank you to the Gold’s who showed us the strength and love of a family in even the most challenging of situations. It’s truly an honor to know that your family grow up and share life’s many experiences around one of our table tops.