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Mattress Firm's Steve Stagner is named Honorary Tournament Chairman

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Nov. 3, 2011 - Steve Stagner, President and CEO of Mattress Firm, a leading national bedding specialty retailer, will be the Honorary Tournament Chairman for the 9th annual Seena Magowitz Celebrity Golf Classic.

The Dec. 3, 2011, tournament at the landmark Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix will benefit cutting-edge pancreatic cancer research at the non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

As many as 288 golfers will help support TGen, which is leading more than 40 institutes worldwide dedicated to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer, the nation's fourth leading cause of cancer death.

"Mattress Firm, and many other leaders in our nation's mattress industry, are dedicated to working with the Seena Magowitz Foundation to support TGen's efforts to find a cure for this devastating disease," Stagner said.

Stagner, whose Houston-based firm has more than 720 retail stores nationwide, said he believes Mattress Firm's support of TGen provides his employees opportunities to change lives and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer with every customer interaction.

"This is a cause that has affected several of our employees and that passion to make a difference really shines in our culture," Stagner said.

In March, Mattress Firm announced that it named TGen its "charitable partner of choice," specifically funding TGen's pancreatic cancer research. In May, Mattress Firm kicked off their fundraising efforts for TGen's pancreatic cancer clinical trials with a special presentation by TGen Physician-In-Chief Dr. Daniel Von Hoff and by Jai Pausch, wife of pancreatic cancer victim and New York Times bestselling author, Randy Pausch. The funding of clinical trials allows TGen to provide patients with the latest therapies.

Dr. Von Hoff, one of the world's foremost authorities on pancreatic cancer, will be the keynote speaker at the tournament luncheon.

Sports executive Jerry Colangelo, Director of USA Basketball and a former owner of the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Diamondbacks, will be a guest speaker.

Roger Magowitz, Founder and Chairman of the Seena Magowitz Foundation, said he was happy to announce Stagner as Honorary Chairman of the tournament, which is named for his mother, Seena, who passed away in 2001 from pancreatic cancer.

"Steve Stagner and Mattress Firm are at the forefront of efforts to bring attention to the plight of more than 37,000 Americans who die of pancreatic cancer each year," Magowitz said. "Imagine if - each year - we could save those thousands from this devastating disease."

At present, only 2 percent of the National Cancer Institute's cancer research funding goes toward pancreatic cancer research.

Other industry leaders - including Serta, Sealy, Simmons, Tempur-Pedic, Protect-A-Bed, Leggett & Platt, International Bedding, Anatomic Global, Sherwood Bedding and Glideaway - have adopted pancreatic cancer research as a major cause. Many industry executives have lost colleagues or family members to the disease.

To date, he Seena Magowitz Foundation has raised more than $3 million for TGen research, with the annual golf tournament contributing a significant portion of those funds.

Special rates for tournament participants are available at the Arizona Biltmore. The tournament will be played on two premier 18-hole courses. For more information about the Seena Magowitz Foundation, make a reservation for the Golf Classic, contribute a donation or request a sponsorship, please visit: www.seenamagowitzfoundation.org, or contact Roger Magowitz at 602-524-7636 or [email protected], or contact Liz McBeth at [email protected]

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About the Seena Magowitz Foundation
The Seena Magowitz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to advancing the awareness and eventual prevention and cure of pancreatic cancer. The Foundation is dedicated to funding top medical institutions on the leading edge of translational pancreatic cancer research committed to diagnosis, the advancement of life-extending treatment options and the ultimate goal of eradicating this deadly killer. For more information, visit: www.seenamagowitzfoundation.org.

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About Mattress Firm
Houston-based Mattress Firm (http://www.mattressfirm.com) is one of the nation's premier specialty bedding retailers, offering a broad selection of both traditional and specialty mattresses from leading manufacturers, including Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Simmons, and Stearns & Foster. Founded in 1986, Mattress Firm's purpose is to improve lives one night at a time. With more than 700 stores across 24 states, Mattress Firm offers consumers the benefit of highly trained, knowledgeable sales professionals, a broad product offering, and competitive prices in an attractive and comfortable store environment.


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