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My take: Fantasy football for a cause—Round 4

July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4
By Steven Feldman

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 3.46.11 PMAs summer fades and the air starts to get crisp, the fall selling season is upon us. Equally important to many is the start of that sacred time of the year commonly known as football season.

Regardless of how many times we failed to make our high school team, there’s one football-related game all of us can play: fantasy football. In fact, throughout the last decade, one of the most popular hobbies in North America has been fantasy sports. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, the number of participants in fantasy leagues has exploded to 59.3 million, up from 57.4 million in 2016 and up 43% in the past three years. Fantasy sports are estimated to have a $3 billion to $4 billion annual economic impact across the sports industry.

With that as the backdrop, FCNews in 2014 launched its inaugural fantasy football league. The idea was to have 12 teams compete not for personal profit but for a good cause. Three years ago, the Informa Exhibitions team of Dana Teague and Amie Gilmore dusted the competition and secured $2,400 for their charity of choice, the Floor Covering Industry Foundation. Two years ago it was Mohawk Commercial, led by captain Michel Vermette, securing the first place prize of $5,000 for Susan G. Komen and breast cancer.

Last year we stepped up the entry fee to $5,000, and Long Island distributor Salesmaster wound up winning $13,000 for the American Cancer Society. But with weekly prizes and healthy awards for the runners-up, Mohawk Commercial won $11,500 for Susan G. Komen; Coverings earned $6,500 for the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation; and FCNews scored $6,750 for Long Island Cares Food Bank.

As you can see, the participants play for a variety of causes, from The Lupus Foundation and Autism Speaks right down to the local level, where one team sought to provide athletic equipment for the neighborhood high school.

So now it’s time to form the league for the 2017 season. The entry fee will again be $5,000 with $15,000 going to the winning team’s charity, $9,000 going to the runner-up’s cause, followed by prizes of $6,500, $4,500, $1,000 and $500 to every other team. In addition, $1,000 will be awarded weekly to the charity of the team with the highest score. If you are interested in entering, you will need to announce your cause when your entry is accepted. Aside from individuals, we also welcome all companies—manufacturers, retailers and distributors—to enter. Anyone can do the drafting, from the CEO to the forklift driver to an employee’s hotshot kid.

Before the start of the season, which kicks off Thursday night, Sept. 7, we will publish the 12 team names and the charities for which they will be playing. We will even include a small write-up on each charity as well as why it has been designated by the team’s owner. At that point we will invite FCNews readers to get behind the team whose cause best resonates with them.

So, if you are interested in participating, here is what you need to know: There will be an online draft on a date and time to be determined, most likely Sept. 5, 6 or 7 around 5 p.m. EST. If no one from your company is available the night of the draft, there is a feature called “auto draft” where the computer makes selections for you based on pre-determined rankings. You will also have the ability to make roster moves throughout the year. Should more than 12 companies express interest, there can be multiple leagues or divisions. But please contact us quickly if you would like to participate. There are a limited number of spots available.

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FCNews kicks off annual ‘Fantasy Football for a Cause’

football copyThe annual Floor Covering News Fantasy Football for a Cause league has started up and FCNews invites all industry members (retailers, distributors, manufacturers) to participate. Contact Dustin Aaronson at 516.932.7860 or today, as limited spots are available. See below for this year’s details.

2017 League rules:

  • $5,000 per team to enter. ALL money goes to charity.
  • Each team will designate a charity.
  • Each week, for the first 13 weeks, the highest scoring team will win $1,000 for its charity; the second-highest scoring team will win $500 for its charity. (In the event of a tie for first, the first and second prizes will be awarded to tied teams. If tied for second $500 will be split.)
  • The rest of the prize money will be split into varying amounts depending on the number of participants. (Please note that ALL charities will receive a donation through the league, not just the winners.)

FCNews will need to know which charity each company is playing for before draft day, which will be the final week of August.

Each company will receive checks made out to its charity for the amount it won during the season. This is so donors see that the exact amount won for their cause is sent to the proper contact at said good cause.

Last year’s Fantasy Football for a Cause closed with 10 teams. A total of $50,000 was divided among 10 charities.

The league will be covered in the pages of Floor Covering News throughout the season. Each charity will be given some press in the beginning of the season to highlight what the organization does to make a difference. Remember, it feels good to do good.

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Mohawk Commercial rolls through first 11 weeks of fantasy league

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12

Eleven weeks into the NFL season, defending champion Mohawk Commercial remains atop the FCNews’ Fanstasy Football for a Cause league standings, but the race is heating up. The MoComm Machine has lost just once and has already raised $3,500 for its cause, Susan G. Komen. The powerhouse leads FCNews in the standings by a mere half-game. It’s another three games back to Salesmaster and Coverings, which have raised $1,500 for its charities of choice, American Cancer Society and Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, respectively. FCNews has raised $2,500 for Long Island Cares. Mohawk Commercial, FCNews, DriTac and Raskin are all averaging more than 100 points a week.

Playoffs begin in week 14.


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Fantasy Football for a Cause: 10 charities included in FCNews’ annual fundraiser

September 12/19, 2016: Volume 31, Number 7

The Floor Covering News Fantasy Football for a Cause league closed this year with 10 teams. All are playing for worthy causes as seen in the box below.

Each team pledged $5,000, totaling to $50,000, which will be divided as follows:

  • $11,500 to the winner’s charity
  • $7,500 to the runner-up’s cause
  • $5,000 to the third-place team
  • $2,500 to the fourth-place team
  • $1,500 to the fifth-place team
  • $500 to the sixth-, seventh-, eighth-, ninth- and tenth-place teams

In addition, the top player of every week will receive $1,000 and the runner-up will earn $500. The best part is all of the charities are guaranteed to receive a donation.

Following are snapshots of each cause that will be represented by the league’s participants. FCNews and all teams encourage contributions from our readers to any charity near and dear to them.

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF)

ctefThe Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is an educational institution offering training programs for consumers, installers, construction professionals, architects, designers, building inspectors and sales associates affiliated with the sale and installation of ceramic tile. The CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge recognized by the industry.

Habitat for Humanity New York City

screen-shot-2016-09-19-at-4-18-08-pmHabitat for Humanity New York City was founded in 1984 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The organization’s mission is to transform lives and communities by building quality, affordable housing for families and individuals in need, and to unite New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing. With the help of family partner homeowners, volunteers and professional contractors, Habitat NYC has served more than 380 families in the five boroughs of New York City.

Floor Covering News
Long Island Cares

licaresLong Island Cares’ mission is to collect all available resources for the benefit of Long Island’s hungry and to provide for the humanitarian needs of its community. Founded as the first food bank on Long Island in 1980 by Grammy Award-winning songwriter and social activist Harry Chapin, the organization is now one of the region’s most comprehensive hunger assistance organizations that serve thousands of families and individuals in need.


Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)

ccfaThe Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. Since its founding nearly five decades ago, CCFA has remained at the forefront of research. The organization serves more than 600,000 patients annually and provides national education and support programs.

Mirage Hardwood
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (CCFA)

st-judesSt. Jude’s has spent more than half a century finding cures and saving children. Leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, St. Jude’s research has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today. Consistent with the vision of its founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

Mohawk Commercial
Susan G. Komen

susang-komenSusan G. Komen has transformed how the world treats and talks about breast cancer, and it has helped turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. Since 1982, the organization has funded more than $889 million in research and upwards of $1.95 billion in medical care, community education and psychosocial support. The organization serves millions of people in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Mohawk Residential
Sunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD)

soardSunshine on a Ranney Day (SOARD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to renovating homes for children with special needs and restoring hope for families. Founded in 2012 by Peter and Holly Ranney, SOARD is a licensed general contractor that specializes in wheelchair accessible bathrooms, dream bedrooms, in-home therapy rooms and wheelchair ramps/ lifts. SOARD’s makeovers—which are facilitated through partnerships with local companies and donors—are provided to the families at no cost.

Nonn’s Flooring
National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Wisconsin Chapter

nationalmssocietyThe National MS Society aims to help people affected by MS live more productively and restore what has been lost by MS. The ultimate goal is to end MS forever. The Wisconsin Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in its area and raises funds for critical MS research. The organization drives change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward. Furthermore, the National MS Society connection programs bring together people who share common life experiences.

Raskin Industries
Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)

mrfThe Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma. MRF is committed to using medical research to find effective treatments and hopefully a cure. The organization advocates for the melanoma community and educates patients, caregivers and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma.


Salesmaster Distributors
American Cancer Society (ACS)

acsAmerican Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. With approximately 2.5 million volunteers, ACS is able to provide multiple services to those facing cancer. Thanks in part to ACS’s contributions, more than 1.5 million lives have been saved in the U.S. in the past two decades. The American Cancer Society takes a comprehensive approach to combatting multiple forms of cancer and providing support for patients and their families.