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Canadian Home Furnishings Awards Presented to Angelo Marzilli & Sears Canada

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Antelo Marzilli of Decor-Rest

The Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance announced that the 2013 Canadian Home Furnishings Awards will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 in the Orion Ballroom, is located inside the Conference Centre at the International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.

CHFA will host a gala dinner to honour the recipients of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award - Angelo Marzilli, President of Decor-Rest Furniture Ltd. and the Retailer of the Year-Sears Canada Inc.

The event will take place on a Friday night in order for the Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance and the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers' Association to co-host a reception on the evening of the Canadian Home Furnishings Awards and the opening of The Canadian Home Furnishings Market.

About  Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Angelo Marzilli

The CHFA established the Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize those individuals who over their lifetime have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the Canadian home furnishings industry and their communities. Angelo Marzilli's success has come as a result of hard work, commitment and persistence. It is important to Angelo that the Marzilli family values are applied to Decor-Rest's dealings with everyone. This philosophy gave birth to the expression "built by our family for your family." The President of Decor-Rest Furniture believes in maintaining strong relationships with everyone and dealing in an atmosphere of mutual trust, honesty and respect.

The son of a traditional farming family Angelo immigrated to Canada in 1962 from Compabasso, Italy at the age of 15. Angelo's career in the furniture industry commenced with focussing his creative strengths on developing the skills of a master upholsterer at Newport Chesterfield in 1963 followed by Futurama in 1967. From when the first Decor-Rest factory of 4,000 sq. ft. and 20 craftspeople opened in 1972 to the construction in 2000 of The Showplace in Woodbridge, Ontario which comprised of 225,000 sq. ft. of plant, offices and showroom and 250 employees Angelo's philosophy has always been to "live a modest life, watch the pennies and re-invest the profits back into the business."

Angelo Marzilli has been inspired by many individuals and organizations in his community. His generosity reaches out to children who are developmentally challenged as well as programs for adults. His community involvement extends to many charitable organizations such as Youth Bocce Canada, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, the Ontario Cerebral Palsy Sports Association, the Canadian Burn Foundation, Alternatives, Hospice Vaughan, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association. The City of Vaughan is clearly enriched by Angelo Marzilli whose philosophy of giving back to his community has had such a positive impact on so many lives.

The 2012 honouree for the LAA was Art DeFehr, Chief Executive Officer of Palliser Furniture. Prior recipients include Jean Deveault, retired Executive Vice-President of Canadel, Richard Magnussen, President/CEO of Magnussen Home Furnishings; Larry Rogers, President/CEO of Sealy North America; John Colalillo, President of Superstyle Furniture and Mario Colalillo, President, Edgewood Furniture; Hugh Owen, President of Owen & Company/Kingsdown Canada and Past Chair, Board of Directors of the Ontario Furniture Manufacturers' Association; Terry Clark, Chair, Furniture West Board of Directors and long time President of the Canadian Council of Furniture Manufacturers; Guy Laflamme of South Shore Industries; the Sklar brothers; Serge Racine, of Shermag; Pat Thody, former President and CEO of Simmons Canada, Orville Meade, Past President of Kroehler Furniture and Bruce MacPherson, Sr. of Gibbard Furniture.

Retailer of the Year Award

The Retailer of the Year Award is dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of excellence and community service by Canadian furniture retail businesses. The story of Sears Canada is the story of the growth and success of a great enterprise and a retail icon Canadian consumers have come to trust for great value.

The business operations of Sears began in 1953 under the name of Simpsons-Sears with 2 retail stores in Stratford, Ontario and Kamloops, B.C. and a Spring/Summer catalogue which rolled off the presses into 300,000 Canadian homes. Today Sears physical presence includes 122 full-time deartment stores, 378 specialty stores, 17 floor covering centres, 1734 catalogue merchandise pick-up locations and 108 travel offices (Source: 2011 Annual Report). The Sears catalogue is now issued to more than 3 million Canadian households.

After 59 years of service to customers across Canada, Sears continues to grow and change. In 2011, the organization embarked on a thoughtful and disciplined transformation strategy that builds on core strengths and a rich history of trust and serving families across the country. As part of the transformation strategy four exisiting stores in Ontario have been revitalized as part of the "store refresh program". These stores are part of Sears renewed commitment to store layout and merchandising. The plan is to refresh six additional stores before the end of 2012. In June of this year Sears opened its first new store in five years with 78,000 sq. ft. of space in Ottawa.

Since its  beginning in 1953, Sears Canada has believed in giving back to the communities they serve. The Sears Canada Charitable Foundation distributes donations to charitable organizations that align with its mission to support the healthy development of children and youth in Canada. Sears is working with children's oncolgoy centres and organizations across Canada to raise funds and awareness for research and treatment initiatives which will fund programs that improves the lives of children living with cancer. In 2010, Sears Canada Charitable Foundation made a multi-year, $5 million commitment to fight childhood cancer. Through the years the Youth Development initiatives have suported programs such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the Canadian 4-H Council, Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada. In addition, each Sears retail store is partnered with a local charity group for in-store fund-raising events. Sears is a company that cares about helping communities and Canada's youth.

The 2012 Retailer of the Year was Dufresne Retail Solutions Group (dRSG). Prior honourees include easyhome Ltd., Gallery 1/Worldwide Furniture, Sleep Country Canada, Lastman's Bad Boy, the Mega Group, Stoney Creek Furniture, the Dufresne Group, the Brick, Tepperman's and Leon's.

Registration, Sponsorships & Tickets

The Canadian Home Furnishings Awards website will be ready to accept registrations by October 22, 2012. Tickets may be purchased by registering on-line at www.chfawards.ca. Sponsorship packages are also available from the website. Just click on the button at the right-hand side of the page.

For more information on the Canadian Home Furnishings Awards, contact Murray Vaughan at 905-677-6561 or by e-mail murray@chfaweb.ca.

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