Cumar Promotes Mentoring with the Middies

Internationally-known stone fabricator Cumar, Inc. teamed up with Design New England as a sponsor for the magazine’s Mentors in Design Awards, MIDDIES Award. Inspired by the Over My Shoulder Foundation, co-founded by Dawn Carroll, award-wining stone designer at Cumar, Inc. and Grammy Award winner Patti Austin, the awards recognize design professionals who share their time, expertise, and wisdom with upcoming generations of designers.
It was Dawn Carroll’s passion for mentoring and her position at Cumar that helped bring the programs together. Personally guided by Patti Austin early in her songwriting career and today by Ivo Cubi, Cumar president, Dawn has seen the power of mentoring firsthand and recognized the opportunity for Cumar to join with Design New England to create the MIDDIES. As an award celebrating professionals in interior design, architecture, building, and landscape design, Cumar’s long history and reputation in the field of stone work also made them natural partners for Design New England.

The official launch of the MIDDIES and start of the nomination process will occur on Wednesday, November 3 at Design New England’s fourth anniversary celebration, an invitation-only gala at the W Hotel and Residences in Boston’s Back Bay. After review, honorees will be announced during January, National Mentoring Month. MIDDIES recipients will be presented with exclusive stone keepsakes custom-created by Cumar, Inc.

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