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Midwest Club Hosts Charity Golf Outing, Annual Show, Night at the Ballgame

Furniture World News
By Nic Ledoux on 8/5/2019

The Midwest Furniture Club announced that it is entering its busy season with some popular traditional events, as well as new a new night to welcome members and explore benefits available to Midwest Furniture Club members. The 16th annual Bob Krause Golf Outing kicks off Tuesday, August 6, 2019. At the end of the month the MFC is “going to the Dogs,” an evening at the Chicago Dogs baseball game in Rosemont IL. In mid-September, the 13th annual Midwest Furniture Show takes place in Niles.

“We are entering our busy season, and our team makes big plans for our members that take all year in the planning,” says Kirk Handley, the current Midwest Furniture Club President. “We invite all members of the furniture community to attend our golf outing, our night at the Ballpark and the furniture Show. Even if you are not a member of the Club, today, we hope retailers, manufacturer’s representatives, designers, IT and advertising people and furniture service workers in the upper Midwest feel welcome at each of these events.”

Tuesday golf event is an annual charity event in the memory of Bill Krause, a former head of the MFC. The benefit outing allows an annual contribution to a Montessori school for the hearing impaired. The event started at 11 am at Whisper Creek in Huntley IL followed by an awards ceremony, charity auction and dinner. Contact Mark Dilling at 708-267-7105 for info.

The Club is also planning a new event this year entitled “The Midwest Furniture Club is Going to the Dogs.” The Rosemont Dogs is a professional baseball team in Rosemont, IL, right next to O’Hare airport. Industry veteran, Brad Cofoid, is the lead planner on the event “For $20 a head our members are going to enjoy baseball, food, beer and wine, in a on-field area. Great seats, lots of fun and camaraderie and a night to relax and enjoy the folks we drive business with are the theme. We are also having a benefit’s focus so all our members know our offerings.”

The Midwest Furniture Show returns to the White Eagle Conference Center in Niles IL, a nearby suburb just north of Chicago. Although the same amount of space has been rented as last year according to show co-ordinator Allan Landau there is still space available for rent.  The Show runs September 17th, 18th and 19th, 2019. Tuesday, September 17 will be a Preview Event running from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. On Wednesday, September 18th and Thursday, September 19th the Show opens at 8 am, closing at 6 pm on Wednesday and closing at 4 pm on Thursday. 

Anyone interested in attending or exhibiting can register www.midwestfurnitureshow.com or contact the Club at midwestfurnitureshow@gmail.com. Contact Allan Landau directly at 847-751-8279 with any questions. 

The Midwest Furniture Club is IHFRA’s largest chapter.

Geoff Weed leads IHFRA Furniture Industry Awards

Local member and past President of the Midwest Furniture Club Geoff Weed debuted April 18, 2016 in his new position as the 78th President of IHFRA. Geoff’ debuted during the 21st Annual Furniture Industry Award celebration. Geoff’s star shined bright as he participated in the award presentations and as he addressed the crowd gathered for the celebration. The Awards Gala was held at the Grandover Resort & Convention Center in Greensboro, NC. Industry awards were given for Pillar of the Industry, Retailer of the year, Rising Star and Legacy Awards.  No one was prouder than the members of the Midwest Furniture Club in attendance who cheered on one of their own. Great job Geoff we are proud of you.