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New York, New Jersey groups present awards at gala

 Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. of New Jersey, Greater New York Home Furnishings Assn. and International Home Furnishings Representative Assn. honorees Brad Pyne, left, AICO and Synergy Home Furnishings; Russell Bienenstock, Furniture World magazine; Patrick Cory, Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery; Eddie Massood, Thomasville Home Furnishings of New Jersey, Fairfield, N.J.; and Alan Granetz, left, Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. of New Jersey.Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. of New Jersey, Greater New York Home Furnishings Assn. and International Home Furnishings Representative Assn. honorees Brad Pyne, left, AICO and Synergy Home Furnishings; Russell Bienenstock, Furniture World magazine; Patrick Cory, Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery; Eddie Massood, Thomasville Home Furnishings of New Jersey, Fairfield, N.J.; and Alan Granetz, left, Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. of New Jersey.

SUFFERN, N.J.— About 200 members and guests of the Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. of New Jersey and the Greater New York Home Furnishings Assn. attended the second annual dinner and dance gala held jointly by the groups.

This year's honorees at the Dec. 3 event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel here were Patrick Cory of Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery, Edward Massood of Thomasville Home Furnishings of New Jersey, Brad Pyne of AICO and Russell Bienenstock of Furniture World Magazine.

In additional Alan Granetz was given a surprise honor as The Greatest Executive Director of the MFA of N.J., recognizing his 28 years of service to the group.

The two organizations of retailers, representatives and industry service providers are expected to merge into a single yet unnamed organization in the first quarter of next year. Granetz will lead the combined groups.

Massood, president of the Thomasville dealer, received GNYHFA's Jerry Gans Memorial Award, going to a person who has distinguished himself with deeds and service.

Cory, managing partner at the family-owned Cory 1st, received MFA's Howard Liveright Memorial Award, which honors a person who has made outstanding contributions in the industry.

 Patrick Cory, left, Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery, accepts the Howard Liveright Memorial Award presented by Chris De Lisa, Universal, on behalf of the Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. of New Jersey.Patrick Cory, left, Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery, accepts the Howard Liveright Memorial Award presented by Chris De Lisa, Universal, on behalf of the Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. of New Jersey.
 Mike Massood, left, Thomasville Home Furnishings of New Jersey, Fairfield, N.J., with Eddie Massood, president of the company and winner of the Greater New York Home Furnishings Assn.’s Jerry Gans Memorial Award.Mike Massood, left, Thomasville Home Furnishings of New Jersey, Fairfield, N.J., with Eddie Massood, president of the company and winner of the Greater New York Home Furnishings Assn.’s Jerry Gans Memorial Award.
 Brad Pyne, left, AICO and Synergy Home Furnishings, accepts the International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn.’s Charles B. Costar Dean of IHFRA Award from Tommy Leflein, Lexington Home Brands.Brad Pyne, left, AICO and Synergy Home Furnishings, accepts the International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn.’s Charles B. Costar Dean of IHFRA Award from Tommy Leflein, Lexington Home Brands.
 Alan Granetz, left, Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. of New Jersey, presents the Charles B. Costar Dean of IHFRA Award to Russell Bienenstock, Furniture World magazine.Alan Granetz, left, Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. of New Jersey, presents the Charles B. Costar Dean of IHFRA Award to Russell Bienenstock, Furniture World magazine.
 Alan Granetz, left, Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. of New Jersey, receives a surprise honor for his work as the MFA’s executive director, presented by Tommy Leflein, Lexington Home Brands.Alan Granetz, left, Metropolitan Furnishings Assn. of New Jersey, receives a surprise honor for his work as the MFA’s executive director, presented by Tommy Leflein, Lexington Home Brands.
 Andy Gans, left, Magnussen Home, with Jennifer Sova, International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn.Andy Gans, left, Magnussen Home, with Jennifer Sova, International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn.
 Simon Kaplan, left, Crest Furniture, Dayton, N.J., with Joe Bograd, Bograd’s Fine Furniture, Riverdale, N.J.Simon Kaplan, left, Crest Furniture, Dayton, N.J., with Joe Bograd, Bograd’s Fine Furniture, Riverdale, N.J.

Bienenstock, editor in chief and CEO of Furniture World Magazine, and Pyne, who represents AICO and Synergy Home Furnishings, received the Charles B. Costar Dean of IHFRA Award, given to individuals who have set an example in the industry through service and dedication to the International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn. and their chapter.

Abe Feinblum, business manager for Julius M. Feinblum Real Estate in Plainview, N.Y., and this year's president of GNYHFA, called the event a great success, noting that it attracted area retailers, reps and suppliers as well as out-of-town guests from companies and organizations such as AICO, Cory and City of Hope.

 

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