Dining by Design for DIFFA


Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Merging care and commerce, supporters of DIFFA come from all fields of fine design and the visual arts, including: architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography and consumer product design.

Last year Athena, along with co-designers Lauren Shelby and Diane Nicolson,

threw her hat into the ring and quickly designed a Hollywood Deco theme which thrilled the sponsors of the table.

Athena and her fellow designers have already begun working on this year’s table, the theme of which is still a secret.


With fundraising efforts bolstered by strategic partnerships and unique events showcasing innovation and creativity, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities and granted over $40 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide.

Athena Charis Interior Design

VOICE  925.683.0724 •  EMAIL  athenacharis@comcast.net

Please address correspondences to:  35 Pinzon • Rancho Santa Margarita CA 92688

HGTV’s John Gidding, pictured here with Athena, was a fellow participant in  the Dining By Design fundraiser at the San Francisco Design Center.


The invitation was open to national and local sponsors and designers; this particular year’s gala at the San Francisco Design Center hosted them all.  Below is just a small sampling of participants’ table designs.

The view from the second floor of the DIFFA 2010 Dining by Design event at the San Francisco Design Center

Designed by Steven Miller for Tibotec Therapeutics

Table designed by architect John Lum

Table design by Hartman Studios

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