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Maloof tribute part of SOFA Chicago 2009

SOFA Chicago 2009 is sponsoring a Sam Maloof Tribute Benefit Dinner Nov. 5 at the Navy Pier's Festival Hall in Chicago. The dinner will follow the SOFA Chicago 2009 opening-night preview gala.

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Maloof, an American icon, was a famous designer and builder of simple, beautiful, comfortable, functional furniture for more than 50 years. He passed away May 21 at his Alta Loma, Calif., home following a brief illness. He was 93.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, and also support the Anderson Ranch Arts Center's Maloof Scholarship Fund and The Furniture Society Scholarship Program.

The Maloof Tribute Benefit includes two additional excursions: a private tour Nov. 5 of the Arts & Crafts collection at Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff, Ill., owned by philanthropist John H. Bryan, and an opening-day preview Nov. 7 of the "Apostles of Beauty" special exhibition on Arts & Crafts at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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