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CCA Global Partners to host annual charity golf tournament

CCAglobal-Logo-680x320Manchester, N.H.—CCA Global Partners is preparing for its 15th Annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament which benefits the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF). The event will be held Sept. 19 at the Barnsley Gardens resort located in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains. The charity golf tournament will bring together industry colleagues to support this worthy cause.

FCIF provides financial support in times of need to those who are or have been affiliated with the floor covering industry. This assistance is provided when life-altering hardships, like catastrophic illnesses or severe disabilities, affect the lives of a member of the floor covering industry. The golf tournament is a key contributor to the organization.

“I encourage all our industry partners to play a role in this year’s event,” said Howard Brodsky, chairman and co-CEO of CCA Global Partners. “The tournament gives us the opportunity to connect with our colleagues in a casual atmosphere while we work towards improving the lives of our floor covering industry family.”

Flooring industry manufacturers, distributors, retailers, industry trade associations and individuals have the opportunity to contribute to the FCIF through the Alan Greenberg Memorial fund by participation in the tournament, sponsorships and donations. Individuals and companies can now register to sponsor, participate or advertise through the Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament website.

For more information visit alangreenbergfcif.com or contact Paula Holt at (800) 466-6984 ext. 1101 or pholt@ccaglobal.com.

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FCIF: Helping industry families in need

February 29/March 7, 2016; Volume 30, Number 18

By Leah Gross

(Editor’s note: Floor Covering News is running this special feature in support of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation.)

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 10.32.02 AMBy all accounts Levi Carroll was a vivacious, energetic 5-year-old boy who loved nothing more than running around with his 15-year-old brother, Tom. They played sports, attended local schools and lived in a very close-knit community in Ramsey, Ill.

On Thanksgiving Day back in 2000, the boys—who were on holiday from school—were feeling particularly bored. Meanwhile, Levi’s parents were busy in the kitchen preparing the family’s annual turkey feast. Just a few hours before dinner was scheduled, Tom asked his parents if he and Levi could take a borrowed 4-wheeler for a drive around the neighborhood. Mom and dad initially hesitated but acquiesced to their son’s pleas. Their only request was that they take the family’s cell phone “just in case.”

Before the turkey was finished they received a call that would forever change their lives. Tom, who was on the other end, told his parents an accident occurred and Levi was hurt. (The boys had tried to take the off-road 4-wheeler across a very deep ditch which caused it to flip back on itself.) The Carrolls grabbed their two daughters and jumped in the family car and raced to the scene of the accident. Once there they found the 4-wheeler upside-down in a ditch and Tom standing on the side of the road with Levi in his arms. Levi had sustained serious wounds to his head and mouth when the vehicle flipped.

The family raced Levi to the nearest hospital, which was located in a small town called Vandalia. Unfortunately, the hospital there was not equipped to handle Levi’s injuries. Once he was stabilized, Levi was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Pediatric doctors there determined that Levi’s jaw was broken. He also he suffered multiple fractures to his face. In addition, several of his teeth were knocked out upon impact and others were displaced.

Over the course of the next 24 hours, Levi underwent lengthy surgeries to rebuild his jaw and repair the broken bones in his face. Before the initial surgeries were complete, his jaw was wired shut with metal pins holding his facial bones together. He also received a tracheal tube in his throat to allow him to breathe. He could not eat on his own and relied on nourishment from his IV tubes.

Levi remained in the hospital for 10 days. Amazingly, despite all of the pain and discomfort he had to endure, Levi still made attempts to speak to his family. With the one part of his body not weighed down by equipment, Levi made his best efforts to write words using the letters that he had just learned in kindergarten, which he just started a few months earlier. It took a while for his family to realize what he was trying to say but they gradually began to understand him.

When Levi finally came home from the hospital his jaw was unwired but still in a very fragile state; he also had a tracheal collar and cap. Levi’s teacher came to the family home periodically to check in on him to ensure that he kept up with his class. The family rallied around him to help with his 24/7 care, and a local nurse also visited him regularly.

After three months of recovery, Levi was able to return to school in March 2001. Though he was teased and taunted over the years as a result of his facial disfigurement, he did his best to rise above it. As he grew older he privately prayed for a day when he might be able to afford the surgeries that would bring his face back to normal. (At the time of Levi’s accident the family did not have health insurance.) The Carroll family had received some assistance from Children’s Hospital in St. Louis and also from Illinois Medical Aid programs. They did their best to make ends meet but it was still a financial hardship.

The financial support the Carroll family so desperately needed finally came in 2015, when they first learned about the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) through an article that ran in a flooring industry trade publication. At Levi’s urging, Rebecca Carroll, Levi’s mother, contacted FCIF. Her request for assistance was made in March that year and was approved by FCIF just a few months later in June.

Thankfully, with help from FCIF, Levi has been able to receive the prosthetic care and procedures that were once out of his family’s reach. The Carroll family also received additional funds to help with expenses associated with traveling to specialist appointments.

Today Levi has a brand new smile. Now 21 years old, he is more confident than ever. He is currently in his third year of college at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill., where he is studying to become a construction site manager. When time permits, Levi also works with his father as a flooring installer.

The Carroll family is very thankful for the help they received from FCIF. They feel that without help from the foundation Levi might not have been granted the prosthetic care he needed.

History of helping people

Founded in 1980 by several prominent industry figures, led by the late Walter Guinan, the FCIF is dedicated to providing financial support for floor covering industry professionals who experience catastrophic illness, severe disabilities or other life-altering hardships. These philanthropic efforts are accomplished with compassion and confidentiality (the Carrolls voluntarily chose to share their story with the public).

Behind every one of the FCIF’s assistance grants is a story of crisis and perseverance—of real people, like Levi, struggling through a difficult time in their lives. The FCIF’s caring approach allows those in need to seek help with the goal of keeping unexpected setbacks from turning into permanent roadblocks.

FCIF’s grants cover catastrophic illness or severe disabilities resulting in financial need. (Note: Only grants are given; there are no loans and no repayment.) Grants are awarded for such expenses as medical care, medications, medical supplies and other costs applicants may encounter in carrying on their lives. Grants may be given for a specific medical procedure or for ongoing therapy.

Since its founding, the FCIF has granted more than $3 million to help those in need. Beneficiaries include retailers, installers, retail salespeople, distributor personnel, mill employees and executives. Financial help is viewed as an opportunity to say, “we care” to those in our industry. The FCIF is dependent on charitable contributions from industry employees, companies, manufacturers and industry associations. The amount of assistance that can be provided, as well as the number of beneficiaries who can be helped, is determined by the availability of funds.

To be eligible for assistance an applicant must have derived his or her primary income from employment in the floor covering business for at least five years. Immediate family members of industry members also qualify. The applicant or immediate family member must be in extreme financial need, meaning all other financial resources such as family assistance, medical insurance and disability insurance must be depleted.

For more information on the FCIF, please visit fcif.org.

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Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament raises $150,000

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 3.50.50 PMAdairsville, Ga.—The 13th annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament, held Sept. 16 at Barnsley Gardens resort here, raised $150,000 for the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF), which is dedicated to financially assisting those in the flooring industry who have suffered from severe illnesses, disabilities or other life-altering hardships.

The tournament has raised almost $2 million over the last 13 years. This year, the tournament saw 170 participants, including key executives from major suppliers.

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Industry members come together at FCIF Benefit Gala

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 11.46.00 AMAnaheim, Calif.—This year marks the 34th anniversary of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF), a one-of-a-kind non-profit organization dedicated to financially assisting people in the floor covering industry who have suffered extreme circumstances, whether through an unexpected illness or life-changing medical disability. To celebrate, industry members will come together for the second FCIF Benefit Gala, being held March 21 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

The event will honor 2014 inductees to the World Floor Covering Association’s (WFCA) Hall of Fame. Keith Campbell, chairman of Mannington, and the late Chris Davis, former CEO of the WFCA, will be honored.

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The industry readies for a night of celebration

By Steven Feldman

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 2.22.05 PMIt was April 28, 2007, when the floor covering industry last came together—truly came together. It was a perfect, seasonable, spring evening. Tuxedoed men and elegantly gowned women strolled into Cipriani’s, one of New York City’s finest establishments, to attend the Floor Covering Industry Foundation’s (FCIF) Flooring Gala 2007.

It was a special evening as just about anyone who is—and was—anyone in this industry converged on the greatest city in the world to support the charity that supports its own. The ambiance was warm and enveloping as people embraced old friends and colleagues. They dusted off memories and replayed them—some embellished and some with a forgotten detail or two. But it really didn’t matter.

There were about 350 people in attendance, an extraordinary turnout by a concerned industry supporting the noblest of causes. Larry Nagle served as master of ceremonies. The industry Hall of Fame welcomed three new members: Phil Gutierrez of Abbey Carpet, Julian Saul of Queen and then Shaw and, posthumously, Alan Lorberbaum of Aladdin/Mohawk.

The event raised a few hundred thousand dollars and was so well received that the thought was to renew the gala every couple of years. But that was 2007, and the downward global economic trajectory ensued shortly after the event. The prevailing sentiment was that a grand celebration was inappropriate during the Great Recession, when so many were struggling or, to the extreme, closing their doors.

At the risk of sounding cliché, that was then and this is now. Eight years later, the economy has bounced back, optimism abounds and it’s again time for the industry to come together—which it will on March 21 with a black-tie event at the legendary Waldorf Astoria in New York City when the FCIF will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a Benefit Gala.

Representatives from all the major players in the floor covering industry will be under one roof to celebrate 34 successful years for the vital organization that has helped so many in the floor covering industry to cope with life-altering hardships. Howard Brodsky, chairman of FCIF and CEO of CCA Global Partners, said it best: “This night will not only be a great fundraiser to support the FCIF, it will be a great celebration of what we have already accomplished together.”

The event will again honor recent inductees to the World Floor Covering Association’s (WFCA) Hall of Fame: Keith Campbell, chairman of Mannington, and the late Chris Davis, former CEO of the WFCA who was instrumental in bringing management of FCIF under the WFCA on a pro-bono basis so the maximum donor dollars go directly to the grant recipients who need it.

For those who may not be familiar with the FCIF, the goal is to help industry members whose lives have been ravaged by a catastrophic illness or life-altering circumstance. It has dispersed more than $3.5 million in assisting over 340 of its colleagues, making their lives more comfortable and free from stress and anxiety.

Richard Eldredge, former president of the Carpet & Rug Institute, was the first recipient having been stricken with a devastating illness in 1980. In a published letter, he wrote, “I received a grant from the FCIF. I was debilitated by a brain stem stroke that forever knocked my entire life off its axis. FCIF helps with my medical bills and its support makes it possible for me to live at home with my family… No words can tell you what that means to my quality of life and personal dignity.” There are around 200 stories like Eldredge’s.

As someone who sits on the FCIF board, please consider joining us for an evening that will include cocktails, special presentations, dinner and dancing. You can register as individuals or as couples, or you can purchase a table of 10. Register at fcifgala.com. Hope to see you there.

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FCIF to hold Benefit Gala in NYC

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 11.24.06 AMAnaheim, Calif.—The Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) announced that it will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with a Benefit Gala on Saturday, March 21, 2015. This black-tie event at the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City is sure to be a night to remember.

Representatives from all the major players in the floor covering industry will come together to celebrate 30 successful years for the vital organization that has helped so many in the floor covering industry to cope with life-altering hardships.

“This night will not only be a great fundraiser to support the FCIF, it will be a great celebration of what we have already accomplished together,” says Howard Brodsky, chairman of FCIF and CEO of CCA Global Partners. “Please join us in this momentous occasion.”

The event will also honor recent inductees to the World Floor Covering Association’s (WFCA) Hall of Fame as well as existing Hall of Famers in attendance.

“What an amazing evening this will be—an opportunity to come together on common ground to benefit those in our industry who find themselves in need,” said Scott Humphrey, CEO, WFCA. “Add to that the opportunity to honor two leaders from our industry whose legacies continue to have a lasting impact on our industry. I can’t wait!”

The evening will include cocktails, special presentations, dinner and dancing. Attendance is limited. Register at www.fcifgala.com.

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Let the games begin: FCNews' inaugural Fantasy Football League for a Cause

Let the games begin!

About a month ago, Floor Covering News announced the formation of its inaugural Fantasy Football League for a Cause. We opened it up to the industry, and we are happy to announce the 12 companies that will be participating and the causes for which they will be playing.

 

1. Floor Covering News      Floor Covering Industry Foundation

2. Surfaces                             Floor Covering Industry Foundation

3. Coverings                          Ceramic Tile Education Foundation

4. All Tile                               Autism Speaks

5. Marshall Carpet               Project Love

6. Professional Carpet Co.    Hire Heroes USA

7. Designers North Carpet   Abilities at The Viscardi Center

8. L Fishman & Sons           Autism Speaks

9. Dave Snedeker                  Kids Against Hunger

10. Tri-State Carpet              Windy City Habitat for Humanity

11. Smith Floor Coverings    Bowdon, Ga. High School Athletics

12. Floor Coverings of Winona        The Lupus Foundation of America

There will be $2,400 in the pool to begin, with $1,600 going to the winning cause and $800 to the runner-up. But, if you recall, we asked that our readers pledge their support to any respective team. You can play it two ways: 1. Pledge any amount you wish and if the team you back wins the league, send a check to that cause, or 2. pledge any amount and send the check regardless. We will post the standings each week as well as the collective amount that has been pledged. We only ask that you follow through on that pledge because FCNews will not be policing it.

But for now, here is a bit about the 10 causes that may benefit from this endeavor (there were two duplications):

Hire Heroes USA     Professional Carpet Co., Hackensack, N.J.

After U.S. troops return from combat, many find it difficult to get re-associated in society. Believe it or not, most employers, although proud of their country, would not hire a veteran due to the chance they may go back out on another tour. Several have to settle for a much lower-tier job, be forced to re-enlist or act out in ways that may be harmful to themselves and others. Hire Heroes USA is a team comprised of military veterans—many with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan—and business veterans. That mix of military and civilian experience has proven essential to effectively training veterans in the skills of self-marketing and then networking them into good jobs with quality companies.

Abilities at The Viscardi Center     Designers North Carpet, Albertson, N.Y.

Abilities at The Viscardi Center prepares adolescents and adults with all types of disabilities (cognitive, physical, learning, developmental) and levels of experience for entry or re-entry into the workforce by assisting them in securing pre-employment services as well as employment so they can enjoy independent living, full community participation and economic self-sufficiency. Its employment services include a comprehensive array of career assessments, job training, business skills development, job placement and follow-up programs and services based on individual needs and vocational interests.

The Lupus Foundation of America     Floor Coverings of Winona, Winona, Minn.

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. Through a comprehensive program of research, education and advocacy, the foundation leads the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus.

Autism Speaks     All Tile     L Fishman & Son  

Since it was founded in February 2005, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to its concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis.

Kids Against Hunger      Dave Snedeker, Nebraska Furniture Mart

The mission of Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. The organization’s approach to achieving its goal— the eradication of world hunger—includes the packaging of a highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice casserole by volunteers at numerous locations within the U.S. and Canada, and the distribution of those meals to starving children and their families in over 60 countries worldwide. Snedeker’s wife is director of the Lincoln, Neb., chapter.

Project Love        Marshall Carpet One and Rug Gallery, Maryland Heights, Ohio

Project Love Remember the Children Foundation is a character-building education and training organization. Through workshops, community events, leadership training and media programs, it empowers teens and adults to create a culture of kindness, caring and respect. Its mission is achieved through hands-on programming in middle and high schools in eight northeast Ohio counties and through video-based programming nationally. It provides intensive leadership training seminars for teens and other character education tools that help schools combat bullying, cheating and fighting.

 Bowdon High School Athletics         Smith Floor Coverings, Bowdon, Ga.  

Bowdon, Ga., is a small town that was thriving in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s because of Sewell’s Manufacturing, which employed between 600 and 700 people. But they lost a lot of their contracts in the mid-‘90s and the town has diminished as Sewell’s disappeared. The high school’s athletic department is always falling short when it comes to sending kids to camps and getting the proper jerseys and practice uniforms. And when they have out-of-town games it is always up to small businesses and donors to scrape up money to take care of the kids the way the town feels it should.

Windy City Habitat For Humanity         Tri-State Carpet, Elgin, Ill.

Windy City Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people from all walks of life to build simple, decent, affordable houses, and to strengthen families and neighborhoods. Windy City Habitat for Humanity will work toward eliminating poverty housing in the Chicago metropolitan area and seek to build better lives, stronger families and safer communities through partnerships with local groups and organizations.

Floor Covering Industry Foundation     Surfaces  Floor Covering News

The Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF) is dedicated to financially assisting those who are or have been affiliated with the floor covering industry and experience illnesses, severe disabilities or other hardships. The foundation ensures these philanthropic efforts are accomplished with compassion, confidentiality and preservation of dignity for the individuals concerned. Grants are awarded based on the need for expenses such as medical care, medications and other costs directly related to beneficiary care, as well as basic necessities.

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation     Coverings

Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is an educational institution that offers training programs for consumers, installers, construction professionals, architects, designers, building inspectors and sales associates interested in the sale and installation of ceramic tile. Classes are conducted on a year-round basis at the CTEF facility in Pendleton, S.C., in addition to numerous satellite programs throughout the U.S.

 

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Floor Covering Symposium at Surfaces 2013

The Floor Covering Symposium (FCS), presented by Textile Consultants & LGM and Associates, will take place on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at Surfaces 2013. The event will include a session entitled “State of the Floor Covering Industry,” presented by Matthew Spieler, senior executive editor of Floor Covering News.

Why should you attend? If you’re a retail dealer, installer, distributor, rep, inspector or an affiliate or associate of the floor covering industry this program is a “must attend.” In addition, all of the attendees registered for both days of the FCS will receive a 3% discount from some manufacturer participants of the Symposium program (good only on purchases made during Surfaces).

5% of the proceeds from the FCS will be donated to the Floor Covering Industry Foundation.

For more information, including how to register and the Symposium agenda, visit http://floorcoveringsymposium.com/

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Floor Covering Symposium at Surfaces 2013

The Floor Covering Symposium (FCS), presented by Textile Consultants & LGM and Associates, will take place on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at Surfaces 2013. The event will include a session entitled “State of the Floor Covering Industry,” presented by Matthew Spieler, senior executive editor of Floor Covering News.

Why should you attend? If you’re a retail dealer, installer, distributor, rep, inspector or an affiliate or associate of the floor covering industry this program is a “must attend.” In addition, all of the attendees registered for both days of the FCS will receive a 3% discount from some manufacturer participants of the Symposium program (good only on purchases made during Surfaces).

5% of the proceeds from the FCS will be donated to the Floor Covering Industry Foundation.

For more information, including how to register and the Symposium agenda, visit http://floorcoveringsymposium.com/

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Floor Covering Symposium at Surfaces 2013

The Floor Covering Symposium (FCS), presented by Textile Consultants & LGM and Associates, will take place on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at Surfaces 2013. The event will include a session entitled “State of the Floor Covering Industry,” presented by Matthew Spieler, senior executive editor of Floor Covering News.

Why should you attend? If you’re a retail dealer, installer, distributor, rep, inspector or an affiliate or associate of the floor covering industry this program is a “must attend.” In addition, all of the attendees registered for both days of the FCS will receive a 3% discount from some manufacturer participants of the Symposium program (good only on purchases made during Surfaces).

5% of the proceeds from the FCS will be donated to the Floor Covering Industry Foundation.

For more information, including how to register and the Symposium agenda, visit http://floorcoveringsymposium.com/