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Children’s charity seeks furniture industry support

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Program would help Victory Junction Gang Camp

Pattie Petty leads a tour of the Victory Junction Gang Camp for Tom Mitchell, International Home Furnishings Center; Ray Wagner, Furniture Junction; and Ray Steele, Ultimate Accents. 

The Victory Junction Gang Camp, open to chronically or seriously ill children, has everything a kid could want for a getaway.

For many who come here during one of the camp’s summer sessions, it will be the first or only time they can appear on stage, go swimming or ride a horse.

But the nonprofit facility could use more financial backing, according to its supporters. There’s an average cost of $2,500 to attend, even though all kids who come to Victory Junction do so for free.

Ray Steele, vice president of sales for Ultimate Accents, is starting to organize a program that would accept samples of furniture shown at the nearby High Point Market for a regular charity auction to raise money for the camp. The program could be in place by March, he said.

Companies would get the benefit of making a donation without having to lay out cash, he added.

“It’s a win-win for everyone involved, but it’s the biggest win for the kids,” Steele said.

Ideas that have also been considered to spread the word about the Victory Junction Gang Camp are tours of the facilities during market or a dinner for market exhibitors at the camp.

Located 20 minutes from High Point, the camp has a life-size maze that gets changed every night, a bowling alley, a movie theater and stage, a ranch and a swimming pool adventure course. It has 57 buildings on a 90-acre campus, including a dining area capable of feeding 390 people.

Summer sessions can serve up to 129 campers per session. On family weekends, as many as 32 families attend.

Victory Junction has become a centerpiece for donations from NASCAR’s elite. Many facilities at the camp are named for racers or owners such as Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Rick Hendrick. It also has received corporate donations from companies such as Harris-Teeter, Bass Pro Shops and GlaxoSmthKline’s Goody’s Powder.

Auto racer Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie, partnered with actor Paul Newman to launch the camp in honor of the Pettys’ son, Adam, who died in 2000 during practice for a NASCAR race.

Pattie Petty said the camp is for ill children who are at a point that they could use a week off.

Children who attend the camp are selected through 28 partnering hospitals and through Shriners Hospitals for Children, she said. Victory Junction recruiters determine whether children are well enough to attend, and the camp takes care of their medical needs during their stays.

To make sure the kids all feel equal, every camper gets the same gear needed for the camp, contained in a trunk-sized “toolbox” by each bed.

In addition, workers and volunteers at the camp are trained to know children’s needs based on their medical conditions. For example, kids with sickle cell anemia must maintain their bodies at a constant temperature, so the staff will regulate the swimming pool temperature accordingly.



Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

As the 100th anniversary of the High Point Market culminates here this week, the High Point Market Authority is harnessing the power of social media, a phenomenon unique to today’s Market-goers, to celebrate milestones in the Market’s history and memories of the past.

 “From industry-defining events to the personal triumphs of individual home furnishings professionals, our first 100 years have been filled with great accomplishments,” says Brian D. Casey, president and chief executive officer of the High Point Market Authority. “As we pass the Centennial milestone in our history, we are not only remembering the entrepreneurs and innovators who created and nurtured this remarkable institution, but also celebrating the great moments enjoyed by our Market guests over the years, in making the High Point Market the vital center of our industry.”

As part of the celebration, the High Point Market Authority is inviting all Market-goers to share their unique memories of Market over the years on the Centennial Celebration website, “Each of our Market guests’ stories is an important part of our history and we think it’s very important to include them in our Centennial Celebration,” Casey says. “We’ve made it quick and easy for everyone to add their thoughts to the website, or link to existing content. Just click the Twitter icon or tweet your memory to @hpmktmemories, our Twitter account.”

The idea, according to the executive, is that the comments will yield a rich collection of memories that many Market-goers can relate to and inspire even more networking, communication, and yes, connections at Market. “Connect @ the world’s home for home furnishings is more than just a tagline,” Casey describes. “Situated at the center of the U.S. home furnishings industry, the High Point Market has been the key connecting point for retailers, manufacturers, consultants, furniture designers, interior decorators and everyone else who derives their livelihood from this business sector for decades. This is the one place where our entire industry meets, and as such, there is a tremendous sense of community here. Social media tools such as Twitter only increase that sense of community, and are quickly being adopted by home furnishings professionals throughout the industry.”

Casey also thinks it’s only fitting for Market to utilize a 21st Century tool to capture memories of the previous century. “When all is said and done this week, the most important aspect of our Market’s history will be the firm foundation that has been laid for the future,” he says. “Our goal for the next 100 years is for the Market is to remain as relevant to our constituents in the future as it was to those who traveled here a century ago.”


Mattress sales rise 6.2% in October, Industry notches first monthly gain this year

Monday, December 14th, 2009

The mattress industry got a double-barreled dose of good news in October, with bedding units posting a 3.5% gain and dollars increasing by 6.2% from the same month last year. It was the first time this year that the dollar value of bedding shipments broke into positive territory.

Despite the October uptick, unit sales are down 12% for the year to date, while the dollar value of shipments is down 12.9%, according to the International Sleep Products Assn.

The trade association reported the results in its October Bedding Barometer. They reflect the business done by 18 mattress producers that account for about 46% of the industry’s unit sales and about 56% of the wholesale value of the market, ISPA said.

Bedding executives cheered the positive results in October as an indication that the industry is finally shaking off the effects of the recession.

Mattress units were up 5.9% in October, ISPA said, with foundations posting a 1% gain. The dollar value of mattress shipments was up by 6.7%, while the dollar value of foundations was up by 4.3%, according to ISPA.

The average unit selling price of mattresses increased by 0.8% in October, while the average unit selling price for foundations was up 3.3%. Overall, the average unit selling price in October was up by 2.6%, ISPA said. That was the first monthly increase since July, and it marked only the third time this year that the average unit selling price has been in positive territory.

ISPA also released a second set of industry figures for October and for the year. But those figures include “certain anomalies” that distort year-to-year comparisons, ISPA said. Furniture/Today has elected not to report those figures because they are not as representative of industry performance as the figures that remove the “anomalous cases.” All figures in this story are those that provide apples-to-apples comparisons with the previous year’s results.