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Carpet One Floor & Home stores install flooring for injured veterans

Warren’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Amherst, N.Y., and Floors Inc. Carpet One Floor & Home in South Lake, Texas, recently installed flooring in two new smart homes for injured American veterans.

USMC CPL Mark O’Brien, along with his wife and two children, moved into their donated smart home this past fall. In late November, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, USMC SSGT Marcus Burleson and his family were likewise presented with a custom-built smart home.

CPL O’Brien, now a resident of East Aurora, N.Y., was severely injured in 2004, after a rocket propelled grenade struck his Humvee during a combat mission in Iraq. He sustained a traumatic brain injury and lost both his right arm and his right leg.

Warren’s Carpet One Floor & Home donated the flooring installation throughout the O’Brien home, while both Madison Carpet One and Tontine Carpet One provided assistance.

SSGT Burleson, now a resident of Dublin, Texas, was severely injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan—his third deployment—in late 2011. He lost both arms in the explosion and sustained a broken neck, multiple broken bones, and the loss of vision in his left eye.

Floors Inc. Carpet One Floor & Home donated the flooring installation throughout the Burleson home.

“This is a season when many of us pause and reflect on all we are thankful for,” said Eric Demaree, president of Carpet One Floor & Home. “During this time of giving, we’re especially honored to show our gratitude by helping provide smart homes for some of the selfless individuals who gave so much of themselves.”

Since 2014, Carpet One Floor & Home has been a proud partner of Building for America’s Bravest, a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The national floor covering cooperative has assisted in the completion of several dozen smart homes, all provided at no charge to veterans who’ve sustained life-altering injuries in the line of duty.

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Carpet One Floor & Home shows support for veterans, participates in NYC 5K

259289-Carpet One Team Photo-f03b79-large-1506437274Manchester, N.H.—Carpet One Floor & Home participated in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation annual T2T 5K run and walk in New York City, Sept. 24. The event honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on Sept. 11. The Tunnel to Towers foundation supports our first responders and our military through the Building for America’s Bravest organization, which builds smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans.

Carpet One Floor & Home’s team of over 200 storeowners and employees raised $92,697 for the cause putting them in the top three fundraising teams at the event. Storeowners traveled from all across the United States to participate in this event.

Carpet One Floor & Home has been supporting the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation through active participation in their Building for America’s Bravest program since 2014. To date, they have installed flooring in 33 smart homes.

“Our partnership with this inspiring organization has brought our whole cooperative closer together,” said Howard Brodsky, co-CEO of CCA Global Partners (Carpet One Floor & Home’s parent company). “Our members are so passionate about making a difference in the lives of the service members who have sacrificed so much to protect their country.

The Carpet One Floor & Home team dedicated their efforts to the memory of Mike Blanton, a Carpet One Floor & Home member who unexpectedly passed away this spring. “Mike was an exemplary individual who dedicated both his time and money to giving back to his community,” Brodsky said. “He played a big role in the construction of Cpl. Todd Love’s smart home in Douglasville, Ga.”

To learn more, visit carpetone.com/our-bravest.

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Tile & Carpet Town Carpet One Floor & Home installs flooring for new smart home

Syracuse, N.Y.—Tile & Carpet Town Carpet One Floor & Home in Dewitt, N.Y., recently installed flooring to help complete a smart home for SPC E-4 Matthew Leyva. The home was built through Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB) and marks the 33rd completed home since Carpet One Floor & Home partnered with the program in 2014. The home will be dedicated Sept. 11 to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives to protect America’s freedom since the attacks on the World Trade Center. The dedication ceremony will be live streamed via Upstream and can be accessed by visiting ustream.tv/channel/visual-technologies.

“Sept. 11 is a day that always makes us reflect on our freedom and the price many have paid to protect it,” said Eric Demaree, president of Carpet One Floor & Home. “I can’t think of a better way to remember this sacrifice than helping to provide a smart home for one of these brave individuals.”

Army SPC E-4 Matthew Leyva was severely injured when he stepped on a pressure-plate improvised explosive device in Afghanistan on Aug. 9, 2011. The complex blast injury resulted in Leyva losing both his legs, four of his fingers (his pinky and ring fingers from each hand) and a shattered left elbow.

Carpet One Floor & Home has committed to install the flooring, provided by Mohawk Industries, for all homes built through the BFAB program. The cooperative of independent retailers has also supported the program through fundraising events and will participate at the upcoming T2T 5K Run/Walk organized by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

To learn more, visit: carpetone.com/ourbravest. 

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L&M Carpet One Floor & Home installs flooring for injured service member

256301-LarryBailey_TunneltoTowers1-e4799a-large-1503339113Sumerduck, Va.—L&M Carpet One Floor & Home in Mechanicsville, Va., recently installed flooring to help complete a “smart home” for Cpl. Larry Bailey. The home was built through Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB), a proud program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and marks the 32nd completed home since Carpet One Floor & Home partnered with Building for America’s Bravest in 2014.

In 2007, Bailey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He showed his commitment to others while deployed as a senior machine gunner in Afghanistan. When an enemy attack caused a fellow service member to be injured, Bailey immediately provided cover fire that allowed the Marines to transport their comrade to safety.

In 2011, Bailey and his unit were ambushed by small arms and machine-gun fire that killed a fellow Marine. While trying to repel the assault, Bailey struck an improvised explosive device (IED) and was injured, resulting in the amputation of both legs above the knee and loss of his left hand. Bailey received the Purple Heart for his combat wounds.

“What an honor it has been to be a part of the home built for Cpl. Larry Bailey,” said Matt Shelton, sales manager at L&M Carpet One Floor & Home. “This new home will never repay the sacrifice that Bailey and his fellow Marines have made for our country. However, our hope is that this ‘smart home’ will allow the Baileys to live comfortably and to make wonderful memories for years to come. Our family and business could not be more grateful for the opportunity that we had to be a part of such a worthy cause. We will forever hold a place in our hearts for Larry, his family and our military.”

Carpet One Floor & Home has committed to install the flooring, provided by Mohawk Industries, for all homes built through the Building for America’s Bravest program. The cooperative of independent retailers has also supported the program through fundraising events and will be participating at the upcoming T2T 5K organized by the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation.

To learn more about Carpet One Floor & Home’s support of Building for America’s Bravest, visit CarpetOne.com/OurBravest.

 

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Lorberbaum, Brodsky honored at Tunnel to Towers Gala

By Steven Feldman

Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 10.40.31 AMNew York—The floor covering industry came together en masse last night to honor its own at the inaugural Footsteps to the Future Gala, held here at One World Trade Center. Honorees Jeff Lorberbaum, chairman and CEO of Mohawk Industries, and Howard Brodsky, co-founder, chairman and co-CEO, CCA Global Partners, along with Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, were feted for their extraordinary support of Building for America’s Bravest, a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Endowment.

The foundation was started to honor the memory of Stephen Siller, a firefighter who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. Its goal is to continue Siller’s legacy through its programs that support our nation’s first responders and catastrophically injured service members.

In 2011, the foundation officially began Building for America’s Bravest, a program that builds smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members returning home. Each home is custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual. Energy efficient, automated and easily accessible—these homes use “adaptive technology” to help our most severely injured heroes live better, more independent lives. The first home was built for Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco, the first quadruple amputee to survive any war. Through October 2016, 56 smart homes have either been completed, are under construction or are in the design stage. The foundation has set a goal to build a minimum of 200 smart homes throughout the country.

Both Mohawk Industries and Carpet One have been instrumental in the success of Building for America’s Bravest. Mohawk supplies the flooring for the smart homes, and Carpet One members supply the installation services while spreading the word of the organization. As such, Lorberbaum was honored with the Let Us Do Good Award, while Brodsky was given the Follow the Footsteps Award. Dunn was handed the Tunnel to Towers Legacy Award.

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Brodsky, Lorberbaum to be honored at T2T Footsteps to the Future Gala

T2T_ColorNew York—Industry leaders Howard Brodsky, co-founder, chairman and co-CEO, CCA Global Partners, and Jeff Lorberbaum, chairman and CEO, Mohawk Industries, will be honored by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (T2T) at its Inaugural Footsteps to the Future Gala on April 20 at the One World Observatory in New York.

At the event the non-profit organization will recognize the contributions and support of those who have helped T2T make a lasting impact in the lives of veterans, first responders, children and neighbors in need. The contributions made by individuals such as Brodsky and Lorberbaum play an integral role in enabling T2T to accomplish its objectives.

Brodsky is the recipient of T2T’s Follow the Footsteps Award. “On Sept. 11, in an effort to save others, my brother N.Y. firefighter Stephen Siller—who was off-duty when the World Trade Center was attacked—chose a path that exemplified courage, selflessness and great vision,” said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. “In the years since, Howard also has chosen a path that requires him to look far beyond himself to ensure the well-being of veterans and first responders. Acting upon those values that matter most, Howard and, through his leadership, CCA Global Partners have unfailingly demonstrated great vision and commitment in their vital work with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.”

Lorberbaum will receive the foundation’s Let Us Do Good Award. “Since the fateful events of 9/11, our foundation has made a deliberate choice to rise up from the ashes of destruction and counteract the events of that day by doing good works,” Siller said. “Jeff and Mohawk Industries have played a key role in helping Tunnel to Towers fulfill that mission. In fact, it is through Jeff’s goodness that our program to build customized, high-tech housing for service members catastrophically injured in war has flourished.”

Also being honored is Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television stations, with the Tunnel to Towers Legacy Award.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s mission is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on Sept. 11, 2001. Best known for its annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Walk/Run in New York City, which attracts over 25,000 international participants, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, through its various initiatives and programs, honors and supports our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. Its Building for America’s Bravest program builds specially adapted, custom designed “smart homes” for our nation’s most catastrophically injured service members. To date, Tunnel to Towers has given the keys to, is in the process of building or is in the advanced planning stages for 56 “smart homes” throughout the United States. For more information, visit tunnel2towers.org.

The Footsteps to the Future Gala cost $1,500 per person or $3,000 per couple. Journal ad opportunities range from $750 to $1500 and sponsorship options range from $25,000 to $250,000. Reservations and ad buys should be received no later than Wednesday, March 22.

For more information, email Colleen Grace or call (718) 987-1931.