KINCAID FURNITURE EXECUTIVES PRESENT HOMECOMING COLLECTION PIECE TO PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER AND WIFE ROSALYNN
Specially Inscribed Solid Pine Dry Sink Honors Couple’s Efforts for
Habitat for Humanity® International
Jan. 31, 2012, Hudson, NC—When Steve Kincaid, president of Kincaid Furniture Company, Inc., heard that former First Lady Rosalyn Carter wanted to purchase one of the company’s Vintage Pine dry sinks for the home she shares with President Jimmy Carter, he immediately picked up the phone. The company, he said, would be honored to present the couple with the dry sink in appreciation for their many years of service to Habitat for Humanity®, a cause supported by Kincaid Furniture.
As it happens, the solid pine dry sink which Mrs. Carter had seen at Minick Interiors in Americus, Georgia, is part of the company’s 100-plus-piece HomecomingTM collection. The collection figures in a remarkable partnership between Kincaid and Habitat for Humanity® International, through which the company donates one percent from the wholesale price of each item sold from the popular collection to the organization. In fact, Kincaid is the only home furnishings company to date to become a Habitat Corporate Partner.
“As president of the United States, Jimmy Carter was deeply committed to social justice and basic human rights,” says Steve Kincaid, “and that commitment continued when the Carters left the White House. Since 1984, the Carter Work Project has been an internationally recognized Habitat event and the former President and First Lady have become well known as Habitat’s most famous volunteers. Knowing all this, interior designer and home furnishings retailer Mark Minick alerted us about Mrs. Carter’s interest in the dry sink. We were honored to have the opportunity to present the couple with a piece of furniture they loved that commemorates their many years of dedicated service to the organization.”
The Kincaid team inscribed the dry sink with a plaque that reads, “Presented to President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn by Kincaid Furniture Co., for tireless devotion to Habitat for Humanity International and its mission to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world,” and prepared to personally deliver the piece to the Carters home in Plains, Georgia. There, the piece will remain in perpetuity, since the Carters have bequeathed their homes and land to the National Parks Service to one day become a museum that will eventually open to the public.
“Regardless of planning, nothing fully prepares you to meet a President,” notes Max Dyer, Kincaid’s vice president of marketing, “especially when the introduction takes place at his private residence. We had been told by the President’s personal secretary and the Secret Service that there would be a little less than an hour allotted for the presentation of the piece, and that’s what our team was expecting when we arrived one Saturday late last Fall. The afternoon, however, turned out to be more than any of us could have imagined.”
According to Dyer, the President is himself a noted carpenter (the White House staff gave him tools for his workshop when he left the presidency), and quite enjoyed talking about the craftsmanship and design of fine solid wood furniture. Indeed, “Mrs. Carter’s interest in acquiring the dry sink in the first place was a little unusual in that virtually everything in the Carters’ home is either an antique passed down through the family, or President Carter has built it himself,” Dyer relates.
“Following the presentation, the Carters took us on a tour of the house,” says Kincaid who was joined in the special visit by Dyer, Tim Annas, vice president of merchandising, Jon Porter, district sales manager and Mark Minick. “Then the President took us out to his woodworking shop and showed us where he builds all his furniture, as well as the various paintings he’s working on now. He was very casual and gracious with his time, and at some point, he asked if we’d like to go to Archery to see his boyhood home. The next thing we knew, we were in the middle of a presidential motorcade heading through Southwest Georgia. It turned out to be an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to actually spend time with the President and Mrs. Carter, and to learn more about their family, their preferences and their heritage. Suffice it to say, it was a day I doubt our team will ever forget!”