Callen Construction and Callen Design Group Announce 2nd Annual “Refashion For Life” Proceeds

July 15, 2009

Callen Construction, a family-owned, full-service home improvement and remodeling company in Muskego, Wis., and Callen Design Group, experts in the design and construction of kitchens, bathrooms, basement remodels, and attic renovations, announced that the “ReFashion for Life” fashion show fundraising event benefiting CommonGround Ministry/Elena’s House generated net proceeds of more than $24,000. The benefit took place on Thurs., July 9, at the Callen Showroom and company grounds in Muskego.


Proceeds will be used to support the programs offered by CommonGround Ministry/Elena’s House in Wauwatosa, which provides physical, spiritual, and emotional support to people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Elena’s House, offering a holistic ministry that is both personal and communal, is a home for four to five people that wish to reside in a safe and supportive living environment. CommonGround Ministry is a 501(c)3 organization funded through the contributions of individuals, organizations, and foundations.


“The planning committee once again put in a tremendous effort, and the entire evening was terrific, as everything came off as planned,” said Mary Ellen Huwiler, executive director for CommonGround Ministry/Elena’s House. “The funds raised will allow us to continue to provide the needed services required by the individuals we house, plus we can enhance the services offered to make our residents more comfortable.”


Callen Design Group Senior Designer Jillaine Burton said the event once again showed how fashion is not only found in what people wear, but in how they renovate their home. “Seeing new and repurposed clothing along with viewing a multitude of options available to homeowners enabled us to show attendees how to create a look that works for them,” Burton said. “This event offered ideas on how to dress up wardrobes and homes, in an economical and environmentally-friendly way.”


The event featured a fashion show that combined the latest in late summer and fall fashion wearables in conjunction with fashionable products for the home, including countertops, cabinetry, plumbing and light fixtures, flooring, and hardware. In addition to the runway show, there was a silent and voice auction that featured entertainment and sporting tickets, boutique certificates, and more. Saz’s Catering provided Hors d’oeuvres, plus there was music by Mr. Lucky Light.


The Kohler Company and First Supply also served as a presenting sponsors, and M Magazine was the media partner. The following companies also served as sponsors of the event:


American Kennedy-Hahn

Bartolotta Restaurants

BBC Lighting

Beauty (hair salon)

Becker Technology, Inc.

Bliffert Lumber

Brandt Marble

Cannon & Dunphy SC

Diamond Electric

Dietrich’s Painting

Diversified Insurance Services

Droegkamp Furnace Co.

Fast Signs – Greenfield

Grinwald Tile

Hale Park Lumber

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Infinity Fiberglass Replacement Windows from Marvin

Intercontinental Milwaukee

Interstate Electric

JJJ Carpets & Cabinets

The Marek Group

Pfister Hotel

Saz’s Catering

Schmidt Flooring

Ron Sonntag Public Relations, Inc.

StarMark Cabinetry

KG Stevens

21st Century Tile

United Products Corporation

Wauwatosa Wallboard

JD Wilson Plumbing

Wingspan Glass

Wilderness Resort – Wisconsin Dells


With an office and showroom at S63 W13131 Janesville Rd., Callen Construction, Inc. has been in the home improvement and remodeling business since 1986. In addition to the Design Group services, Callen Construction offers a full line of exterior remodeling services, including replacement windows (featuring INFINITY® Fiberglass replacement windows from Marvin) siding, doors, roofing, and Gutter Topper. The company’s showroom contains a variety of samples, including kitchen cabinets, countertops, windows, and siding. More information about Callen Construction and the Callen Design Group can be found at


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