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.
Originally 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.
Like many 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.
For information, reservations, journal
ads and to join the LIFCA mailing list, visit their website www.LIFloor.com.