In the Com­mu­nity

Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion

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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.

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