The Long Island Floor Covering Association (LIFCA) announced a gala fund raising event to celebrate their 50th anniversary and raise funds for the Floor Covering Industry Foundation(FCIF). The event will be held on January 21, 2009, at the Woodbury Country Club in Wood bury, Long Island, and will honor retail floor covering companies and flooring contractors in Long Island and New York City that have been in business for 50 years.
formed as The Long Island Floor Covering Club, now known as the LIFCA, the
organization was founded in 1958 with the mission of strengthening and
improving the business practices, standards, professionalism and ethics of the
region’s floor covering businesses. They
are an affiliate of the World Floor Covering Association with members across
all sectors of the industry including dealers, flooring contractors,
installers, Inspectors, cleaners and manufacturer and distributor
representatives and management.
volunteer organizations, LIFCA has gone through periods of intense activity
and high visibility, such as the 1990s
when they were World Floor Covering Association’s “Affiliate of the Year” on
more than one occasion. They also were
the driving force behind the formation of the Long Island Chapter of the
Certified Floor Covering Installers Association (CFI). The group
has also had periods where there
was less activity; as of late the current board of directors under the
leadership of LIFCA President Arnold Graff of Montauk Carpet has been busy
scheduling an increasing number of events and seminars over the past several
years, including seminars on concrete moisture issues, taxes and insurance, as
well as the return of their “Tool Time”
event this past May, which was geared to installers and dealers and drew both. At Surfaces 2007, Mr. Graff presented a check
for $3,000 to FCIF after a successful fund raising dinner and golf outing. After several years hiatus, these activities
and the re-birth of the newsletter, LIFCA News as a printed and On Line
publication, have served to re-establish LIFCA as an active organization.
“We’ve had our ups and downs,” said Executive
Director Christopher Capobianco, “ but we are still alive and well, and our
membership numbers and level of participation are on the rise.”
“We invite everyone in our industry to help
us celebrate 50 years and honor retail
and contract flooring companies that have been around as long as we have,”
President Graff added.
information, reservations, journal ads and to join the LIFCA mailing list,
visit their website www.LIFloor.com.
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