An Evening with Thom Filicia'

Laura's List: Books for Women and Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts will feature Thom Filicia during an event and reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday April 30 at Anyela's Vineyard, 2433 W. Lake Road, Skaneateles.

Tickets are $50 per person. In honor of Filicia's mother, a portion of the ticket's proceeds will support local breast cancer organization Positively Pink Packages.

The event includes a conversation with Filicia, book signing and cocktail reception with signature featured food items, delectable dessert and an espresso bar. Filicia, host of "Dress My Nest" on the Style Network, is one of the nation's foremost interior designers, who rocketed to success as the design expert of the Fab Five quartet on Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."

Filicia is also the owner of New York-based interior design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc., which specializes in residential, commercial and hospitality projects.

Sponsors of the April 30 event include Anyela's Vineyards, Bijou Salon, Dr. Robert Kiltz- CNY Healing Arts, Folls Flower Farm, Elle Events, Laure Lillie Photographie, Syracuse University, Skaneateles Town Square/Ace Hardware, The Go to Girl, She Takes the Cake and Vanguard Furniture.

About the presenter

Laura Ponticello, inspirational speaker, columnist who pens real life stories about women, national book reviewer and publisher of "Laura's List: Books for Women," gathers women together, using books as conversation pieces to share their own true tales.

Ponticello was born with the gift of gathering, as her last name in Italian means "little bridge" and she loves to be chatty with women about what inspires their daily life. She believes women must nourish their mind, body, spirit and plant seeds of hope for the world to witness. That's really the heart of Laura's List: Books for Women -- to inspire, ignite and empower each other.

About the host

Over the years, Thom Filicia and his craft have been awarded prestigious honors including an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Art Direction for Queer Eye and recognition by Barbara Walters in her "The Top 10 Most Fascinating People" show, and OUT 100's "Most Influential People." In 2008 Thom also completed a series of home makeovers for the Oprah Winfrey Show and over the years has appeared on countless national TV programs including: The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night With Conan O'Brian, Ellen, The Today Show, The View and more. In addition, Filicia's projects and expertise have been extensively and regularly featured in Elle D (c)cor, House Beautiful, Us Weekly, People, Entertainment Weekly, O At Home, Domino, Family Circle, Woman's Day, New York Times, USA Weekend, InStyle and Teen Vogue.

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