Fowler Brothers Raises $10,000 For Needy Children

Monday, December 17, 2012
Shown, from left to right, are First Sergeant Steven Battista, Captain Joshua Mills, Staff Sergeant Greg Clemens, Carter Fowler, The Furniture Shoppe Store manager.
Shown, from left to right, are First Sergeant Steven Battista, Captain Joshua Mills, Staff Sergeant Greg Clemens, Carter Fowler, The Furniture Shoppe Store manager.

Fowler Brothers Company, along with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Chattanooga Chapter, are helping to bring an especially Merry Christmas to needy children in the Chattanooga area. 

The Furniture Shoppe and The Patio Shop in Chattanooga, TN, raised an impressive $10,000 through donations and the company's contributions in their signature “Pass It Forward” campaign. In a special presentation at 11 a.m. Monday, December 10, Carter Fowler presented the $10,000 check to SSgt Greg Clemens, the local Marine coordinator. 

“At Toys for Tots, we believe every chid deserves a little Christmas,” Mr. Clemens said. “We cannot thank

Carter Fowler and the Fowler Brothers Company enough for their investment in this year's Chattanooga area campaign. They are instrumental in helping Toys for Tots make Christmas extra-special for children from needy families. In addition to their generous contribution, Toys For Tots has been featured on their television commercials, websites, eBlasts, and in-store events…this has helped raise more awareness for Toys For Tots and its mission to give needy children a Merry Christmas. This type of relationship with local stores allows us to help more kids in the community…we look forward to a long relationship with this family business!”

Carter Fowler, fifth generation manager of The Furniture Shoppe and The Patio Shop, explains why the Marine Toys For Tots was the perfect choice for the company's holiday events. “A family tradition around the Fowler holiday table is the re-telling of a story about my grandfather, Calvin Fowler. In 1949, the holidays were approaching and the children in a small schoolhouse on Signal Mountain were not expecting a visit from Santa, or any toys that year. 22-year-old Catherine Chapman Pacheco, sole principal-teacher of grades one through eight, had an audacious idea to approach my grandfather, owner of a local furniture store, Fowler Brothers Furniture. Ms. Pacheco had heard of his benevolence and took a chance that there was hope for Christmas that year. On a cold, rainy day, a soaking-wet Catherine explained the bleak economic plight of the Sawyer families to the stoic man behind the big desk. My grandfather rescued Christmas that year with a surprise visit from Santa with gifts for every single student…and even their brothers and sisters at home who were too young to attend school.”

Carter Fowler explains his desire to “Pass It Forward” and carry on his grandfather's legacy by partnering with a foundation with similar visions and goals during this season of sharing. The money was raised through a portion of sales at The Furniture Shoppe and The Patio Shop in November, as well as customer donations…the only stipulation, 100 percent of the money stays in the Chattanooga area to help local families. 

A family tradition since 1885, the Fowler Brothers Co. stores are designed for the enjoyment of those who love their home. The Furniture Shoppe and The Patio Shop offer indoor and outdoor furniture of classic beauty, quality construction and exceptional values to homeowners all over the southeast.

Customers can special order or purchase in-stock furniture and accessories at guaranteed lowest
prices. For more information, please contact the store at 423 493-7630 or visit www.thefurnitureshoppe.net.

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