Rick and Pat Howard’s Sklar Furnishings turns 15 years old this month.
Rick and Pat Howard’s Sklar Furnishings turns 15 years old this month.

Sklar turns 15 by helping 15 charities

HFA member Sklar Furnishings is getting the most out of turning 15 this month. The Boca Raton, Fla.-company Sklar Furnishings has spent 15 months in countdown to its anniversary by supporting its community helping out a new nonprofit group every month. From hosting in-showroom fundraisers and program kick-off receptions for nonprofit missions to underwriting and helping build Habitat for Humanity homes, Sklar Furnishings continues to lead by example.

Co-Owner, CEO & President Rick Howard said giving back to the community has always been part of what drives Sklar. “It really is a wonderful, inspiring cycle…the more we excel, the more we are able to give back to our community,” said Howard.

Sklar’s 15th birthday bash started in September of 2016 by benefiting 15 charities:

American Cancer Society: during Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
Rick Howard participated in its “Real Men Wear Pink” fundraising campaign
and the staff walked as a team in the “Making Strides” event.

Florence Fuller Child Development Centers: hosted an in-showroom
capital campaign donor thank you reception

Spirit of Giving and Operation Christmas Child: donations to holiday gift drives

George Snow Scholarship Fund: hosted an in-showroom donors/sponsors reception to promote the all-new Cowboy Ball.

Alzheimer’s Association Promise Garden Luncheon: hosted an in-showroom committee/sponsors pre-luncheon reception

Junior League of Boca Raton: hosted an in-showroom reception to support its food pantry and helped collect 2,800 lbs. of food.

Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County: hosted the 2017 WOMEN BUILD kick-off in-showroom reception

Adolf & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center: a Ruby sponsor of the 2018 Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival with commitment to host in-store the festival’s post-event donors/sponsors/committee “thank you” event.

Place of Hope:  hosted baby shower for new moms residing at POH

Big Dog Ranch Rescue: hosted “adoption” awareness day in-store with donation

Florida Atlantic University: a sponsor of the White Coats-4-Care Reception to welcome the incoming class of students of the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College
of Medicine.

Boca Museum of Art: donated funds to Art Matters to send several children to art camp for a week.

Navy Seal Museum: sponsored its golf tournament to benefit Trident House.

Boca Raton Children’s Museum: donated money to be used where necessary
to run programs.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital: donated to its “Greatest Needs” fund.

Pat Howard, co-owner and vice president of Sklar, said she and her husband work hard to earn Sklar’s reputation of integrity, excellent service, and community involvement. “While we give generously of our talent, time and treasure, we are particularly proud of our underwriting the build of three Habitat for Humanity homes in South Palm Beach County (with a commitment to build three more for a total of six homes),” Pat Howard said.

“As Pat and I have always believed, a ‘home is a very special place for everyone, especially for those who have been denied a home,” added Rick who is a former HFA president. “That’s why we and our company have continued our efforts to support this dedicated nonprofit that has time and time again delivered the dream of home ownership.”

The Howards have driven Sklar’s business based on a “foundation of kindness”.

Per Rick and Pat’s strategic vision, Sklar Furnishings is a hybrid business model; neither pure retail nor pure design. Its 22,000-square-foot showroom is frequently changing in floor plan (and dynamic ceiling light fixture displays) to excite and stimulate shoppers. Sklar is supported by a full team of credentialed home and office
designers, space planners who provide high levels of design and service with customization
at the foundation of its philosophy. Sklar then puts packages together (including flooring, draperies, lighting, accessories, technologies, etc.), one component at a time, customized
in fabrics, size and technologies for each client.

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