In the Community
Robb & Stucky’s roots run deep in Southwest Florida. Originally founded in 1915 by businessmen Virgil Robb and W.R. Lee, the company served as a merchandise store in downtown Fort Myers when the city’s population was still in the low thousands. Two years later, Harry Stucky joined the partnership and after Lee left the business, Robb & Stucky became a fullfledged showroom and warehouse, and the first store of its kind to incorporate furniture into lifestyle displays.
In the last hundred years, Robb & Stucky has undergone a number of changes, including new ownership, leadership and an entirely revamped, contemporary vision. Even with all of the company’s modifications, one constant has managed to remain, and that’s its dedication to great design.
On Wednesday, March 25, Robb & Stucky will celebrate its century-long presence in the community with Chairs for Charity, a 100-year gala and live charity auction at their Fort Myers showroom, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Eleven custom chairs donated by Robb & Stucky vendor partners will be auctioned off during the event, and some of the designers, such as Mitchell Gold and HGTV’s Divine Design star Candice Olson, will be in attendance.
One of the pieces—from Hancock & Moore and customdesigned and hand-painted by fine artist Wayne Parmenter—is made in memory of Brion Foreman, a late senior upholstery buyer for Robb & Stucky. Other featured chairs depict a modern design style the legendary company embraces today.
“The vendors’ gracious donations are what made this entire event possible,” Robb & Stucky president Steve Lush says. “There’s so much positivity, authenticity and innovation within Robb & Stucky. We see our 100-year anniversary and our participation in Relay for Life as our chance to really celebrate.”
For more information, call 239- 415- 2800, or visit robb stuckyintl.com. Melanie Pagan is the assignment editor and social media coordinator at TOTI Media, Inc. Follow us on our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages, and at blog.totimedia.com.
Special guest star Candice Olson is the face of HGTV’s Divine Design, and designer of one of the chairs featured at the Chairs for Charity event.