UPDATE: “Cabinets For A Cause” to Announce 2021 Winner on Friday

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UPDATE (Oct. 8, 2021, 5:40 p.m.): Melania Mincher, a teacher with Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, has been announced as the recipient of Prestige Cabinets’ 2021 “Cabinets for a Cause” giveaway. To learn more and see pictures from the announcement, visit WYDaily’s Oct. 8 story, “Cabinets For a Cause” Announce 2021 Winner-Ed.

WILLIAMSBURG — Prestige Cabinets will announce the winner of their 2nd annual “Cabinets for a Cause” event this Friday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. at Lafayette High School.

The winner of the event will receive a free kitchen makeover in their home. It’s estimated that the value of this makeover will be somewhere between $30-50,000.

Last year, the giveaway was geared towards Hospital Workers. The 2020 winner was Kristin Reid, a nurse from the Riverside Doctor’s Hospital Williamsburg.

“We took her cabinets out, we took a little section of her wall out, we put in all new cabinets and countertops. There was a new appliance package, new flooring, and it went even beyond the kitchen,” said Doug Hogue, owner of Prestige Cabinets. “Some of it went to the living and dining room. One of our trade partners has a furniture store in town and she donated a kitchen nook furniture set.”

This year, the event is focused on public and private school teachers. The decision to target teachers was decided by a social media post on Prestige Cabinets Facebook page.

“We went on Facebook earlier in the summer and kind of just put it out there to our followers asking who they thought our Cabinets for a Cause should be geared to,” said Hogue. “We also got 911 dispatch, police, fire, school bus drivers, and the majority was for teachers.”

Once teachers were chosen as the focus of the event, community members were able to go to the Cabinets For a Cause webpage to submit a nomination.

Last year’s event received sixty nominations. This year, the event has grown in interest, and Cabinets for a Cause has received close to 300 nominations.

“The interest in the community seemed to strengthen in just a year.” said Hogue “We’re excited about it. It’s taken a little bit longer just with [COVID-19] kind of flaring back up. So, it’s taken a little bit longer to organize. Last year, we’ve completed the project before thanksgiving. This year we’ll probably be trying for Christmas.”

The thought process for the event began before the pandemic. Prestige Cabinets and a list of community sponsors were looking for a way to give back to the community. The focus has been on service people who give a lot to their specific industry and their community.

“We’ve been wanting to do something for a little while. With the pandemic coming onto all of us we thought last year was the time to get started,” said Hogue. “That’s why we started with hospital workers last year. This year we’ve switched gears to our teachers.”

All of the sponsors who were involved in last year’s event have returned, with a few new additions. Sponsors include:

  • BKreicar
  • Williamsburg Wicker & Patio
  • Grimsley Custom Plumbing
  • Henderson Incorporated
  • Ferguson Cares
  • Blackrock Builders
  • Signature Stone Corporation
  • Glenn Bashaw Photographer
  • Custom Quarters Painting
  • Charles Ross Homes
  • Thompson & Sons Enterprises
  • Coletrane Communications
  • Kathryn Salyer Design & Renovation
  • Owens Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
  • Jeffery N. Clark Custom Builder

The winner still doesn’t know that they’ve been chosen for this year’s Cabinets for a Cause prize.

“The whole idea is to reward these people in our community. These people are special and important to us and they help us in ways that maybe we don’t think about.” Hogue said.

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