Advocate editorial board opinion: 'Pillar' of community will be missed for philanthropy

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 18, 2010 at 5:18 a.m.

We were shocked, as many in our community were, by the news about Lack's Stores Inc. filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The Lack family since it moved its furniture store headquarters to Victoria in 1941, three years after it opened in Beeville, has been one of the pillars in the community in numerous ways than one.

We don't know what will happen, but it appears that the statewide company will close.

We hope Lack's works its way through the bankruptcy to open its doors once again.

When we say, "pillar," it is almost an understatement.

The Lacks have a long history of philanthropy and community service.

We could mention the Lack's embracing of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce's "adopt-a-school" in 1987, a partnership with business benefiting students, or the fundraiser that benefited the Friends of the Calhoun County Library with $5,000 for the purchase of new books that same year, or the devout support of the Victoria Symphony through the years.

We could mention Lack's donating a portion of proceeds from its National Home Furnishings Association Sale to the March of Dimes in 1987, or the literacy program in 1989, Discover Books, in which elementary students were encouraged to read and find books exciting, or Lack's annual Yule Drives benefitting non-profits such as Christ's Kitchen, Special Olympics, Women's Crisis Center, Victoria Senior Citizens Center, the Victoria Adult Learning Center and others.

We could mention Lack's respect for returning Vietnam War POWs in 1973; the Texas soldiers were given a choice of either a color TV, music system with AM-FM stereo tuner, record changer or an 8-track stereo; or community involvement with the Chamber, Lions Club, B'nai B'rith, Salvation Army, Community Chest, Victoria City Council, United Fund, American Red Cross, and Citizens Medical Center; or the various prizes Lack's randomly awarded to its customers, such as a trip to Paris, a $1,000 cash prize or a music system among others.

And, just this week, Janey Lack, representing Lack's Stores Inc., accepted the Community Partnership Award from the University of Houston-Victoria.

We think you understand when we say Lack's has been a pillar.

We will miss this wonderful business member of our community, but we know the family will remain here and continue its philanthropy through other means.

We wish the Lacks well, and we want them to know that we fully appreciate all they have done for Victoria and the Crossroads Region.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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