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Charity tournament honors Levitz Furniture

LOS ANGELES — This year, more than 1 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. Leaders and supporters of the home furnishings industry are invited to register for the 21st annual West Coast Golf and Tennis Tournament to help make a difference in the lives of patients and families everywhere. Hosted by City of Hope at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club in Orange County, Calif., the event will honor the Levitz furniture family while supporting lifesaving cancer research and treatment at City of Hope. This year’s tournament will take place on Monday, June 4, 2012. To register, contact Yolanda Guerrero at 213-241-7168, yguerrero@coh.org.

“My co-chair, Jena Hall, and I welcome this family to the pantheon of honorees who, over the 50-year history of this industry’s partnership with City of Hope, have raised more than $50 million for its innovative research and treatment programs.” A pioneer in the furniture business, the Levitz family continues to operate the top 100 stores of Sam Levitz Furniture in Tucson, Ariz., the Ashley HomeStores of Dallas and RoomStores of Phoenix.

“We are delighted to have an illustrious family being honored by City of Hope,” said Debra Tous, co-chair of the West Coast Golf and Tennis Tournament at City of Hope. “Along with my co-chairs, Rick Powell and Neil Friedman and hundreds of our colleagues, we will celebrate the achievements and promise of City of Hope’s critical research and, at the same time, recognize the extraordinary successes and generous philanthropic contributions of generations of the Levitz family.”

“I’m proud to support City of Hope, an organization committed to finding a cure for cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” said Sam R. Levitz, president, chief executive officer, managing partner and co-owner of Sam Levitz Furniture. “My family and I recently toured City of Hope’s campus and witnessed how our support is making a tremendous impact in the lives of patients and families all over the country.”

“It is through the support of families like the Levitzes that City of Hope is able to make such a difference in the lives of cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS patients and their loved ones,” said Roger Friesen, co-chair of the National Home Furnishings Industry initiative at City of Hope. “My co-chair, Jena Hall, and I welcome this family to the pantheon of honorees who, over the 50-year history of this industry’s partnership with City of Hope, have raised more than $50 million for its innovative research and treatment programs.”

About the West Coast Golf and Tennis Tournament

For the past 50 years, the National Home Furnishings Industry (NHFI) has supported one of the world’s foremost cancer research hospitals, City of Hope. From California to North Carolina, this outstanding institution has become the industry’s “charity of choice.” NHFI’s annual West Coast Golf and Tennis Tournament has become a great opportunity for industry partners to raise money and awareness for City of Hope while gathering informally to relax and socialize with colleagues and competitors. Since 1989, when the first tournament was founded, it has been held in Southern California. Over its history, tournament proceeds have totaled more than $6.2 million. This year, NHFI will also host City of Hope events in High Point, N.C., Chicago and Boston.

About National Home Furnishings Industry

Founded in 1965 by a group of industry leaders who wanted to help fund the search for a cure to cancer and other life-threatening diseases, the National Home Furnishings Industry has grown to include representatives from all facets of the industry including retail, manufacturing and publishing. To date, the industry has raised more than $50 million for City of Hope. For more information, visit cityofhope.org/nhfi.

About City of Hope

City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope’s research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.

 

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