Cosentino Countertop to Aid Missing Children

New York, NY — Natural stone supplier, Cosentino, the producer of Silestone countertops for the kitchen and bath, made a dramatic fashion statement for the home by unveiling a unique Silestone Diamond Quartz surface during New York’s recent “7th on the Sixth Fashion Week.”

The limited-edition countertop, which made its debut backstage at designer Carmen Marc Valvo’s show, will be auctioned off in December to raise awareness and funds for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The one-of-a-kind top features more than 150 carats of individually cut and intricately faceted diamonds throughout its surface.

As models sashayed down the runway at the fashion show, a notable seat was empty. Symbolizing all missing children, the “Empty Seat” remained vacant throughout the entire show as part of Cosentino and Carmen Marc Valvo’s effort to raise awareness and funds for the NCMEC. Seated beside the “Empty Seat” was Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC and Soledad O’Brien, children’s advocate and anchor for CNN’s American Morning.

“We are grateful to Carmen Marc Valvo and Cosentino for their generosity to our mission of helping to keep children safer,” said Allen.

“Carmen Marc Valvo’s show was the perfect backdrop to launch this unique countertop,” said Roberto Contreras, president and CEO of Cosentino North America.

“We're extremely honored to be a part of this movement that will help to raise awareness and proceeds that will [ultimately] help protect our most precious treasure, our children.”

Readers are encouraged to visit to view the Silestone Diamond Quartz artwork. Web site visitors are also encouraged to cast their vote between celebrities Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, P. Diddy, Donald Trump, Bill Gates and Tiger Woods for the celebrity most likely to make the winning bid for the one-of-a-kind countertop.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a non-profit organization that works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.