Heritage Project furnishings history initiative announced

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Poised to further its efforts in preserving the history of the home furnishings industry and the individuals who have paved the way over the years, the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation has announced the Heritage Project, funded through a generous grant from Heritage Home Group Charitable Trust.

karen McNeill heritage projectKaren McNeill, CEO of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation receives a donation for the Heritage Project from Laura Holland, vp marketing & communications, Heritage Home Group

“It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Heritage Home Group Charitable Trust is making a donation of $20,000 to support the mission of the Hall of Fame,” said Pierre de Villemejane, president and CEO of Heritage Home Group. “When the Hall of Fame told us about their plans to kick off a new initiative to capture the history of our industry and the many individuals who have shaped it, we recognized its value and the significance for future generations. We quickly decided we wanted to play a leading role in its launch.”

With this grant, professional interviews will be conducted with workers within the home furnishings industry, thereby grasping the significant roles they played, their stories and their expertise through the years.

The Heritage Project will launch with interviews that will include workers from some of Heritage Home Group’s distinctive brands which include Hickory Chair, Pearson, Henredon, Maitland-Smith, Lane Venture, Drexel, Thomasville, Broyhill and Lane. Each year companies will be invited to submit names of individuals whose efforts have helped shape their company and industry.

”The Heritage Project is extremely exciting for the Hall of Fame because we will be able to preserve these stories before they are gone forever,” said Bob Maricich, board president of the Hall of Fame. “Combined with the photography produced from this endeavor, these stories are certain to strengthen the preservation of our stories in a celebration of our joint history.”

The initiative was formally announced at the Oct. 15 Induction Celebration, which was held at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons, that marked the formal induction of four industry leaders into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame. Joining the current 108 Hall of Fame members are Donald H. Flanders Sr., Lloyd Flanders, Inc.; Bernard D. Moray, Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design; Samuel Kuo, Samson Holding International; Vladimir Kagan, The Vladimir Kagan Design Group.

The Hall of Fame is supported by sponsors of the 2017 Induction Celebration:

Leadership Speaker Sponsor: Ashley Furniture Industries Celebration and After Party Sponsor: Samson Holding Ltd.

Dinner Table Sponsor: Nourison Industries

Inductee Video Sponsor: Surya

Celebration Sponsors: Markor International Home Furnishings and International Market Centers

Entertainment Sponsor: Glen Raven/Sunbrella

Leadership Video Sponsor: Kathy Ireland Worldwide

Heritage Project Sponsor: Heritage Home Group

Cocktail Sponsor: Restonic Mattress Company

Platinum Sponsors: AICO/Amini Innovation Corp.; Art Van Furniture; Berkshire Hathaway Furniture Companies; Christopher Guy; FurnitureDealer.Net; Global Views; La-Z-Boy, Inc.; Leggett & Platt, Inc.; Loloi Rugs; Man Wah Holdings; Mohawk Home; Natuzzi; Palliser Furniture; Prestige Arts; Wayfair

Gold Sponsors: AkzoNobel; Baer’s Furniture; Culp, Inc.; Fairmont Designs; FEI Marketing; Hooker Furniture; Klaussner Furniture; L. & J. G. Stickley; MicroD; Raymour & Flanigan; Richloom Fabrics Group; Rowe Furniture; Safavieh Rugs; Tempur Sealy; Zenith Global Logistics

Silver Sponsors: A.L.F.; American Leather; Bassett Furniture Industries; Best Home Furnishings; Broyhill Family Foundation, Inc.; Castro Convertibles; City Furniture; City of Hope; Cory 1 st Choice Home Delivery; Customatic Adjustable Bedz; El Dorado Furniture; Emerald Home Furnishings; Flexsteel Industries, Inc.; Franklin Corporation; Furnitureland South; Genesis Financial Solutions, Inc.; Grand Home Furnishings; Haverty Furniture Company; Hickory Furniture Mart; Hickory Springs Manufacturing; Home Inspirations Thomasville; Karen E. McNeill; Lexington Home Brands; Malouf Sleep; Netsertive; Phillips Collection; Rooms to Go; Serta Restokraft Mattress Company; Vanguard Furniture; Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company; Whereoware; Wolf Furniture/AFC.

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation is an international industry-wide organization founded to preserve the history of the home furnishings industry and to celebrate exceptional individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the U.S. home furnishings industry. Membership includes eligibility to nominate candidates for consideration by the selection committee, and the opportunity to help preserve the history and heritage of the industry. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, 83% of all funds support history and leadership programming. The organization is based in High Point, N.C. at 202 Neal Place, and can be reached at (336)882-5900.

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