NEW YORK, Sept. 4 Levitz Furniture, a leading specialtyretailer of furniture, bedding and home furnishings, announced today thatafter a live online auction, its celebrity signed chair sold oncharitybuzz.com for $1200. Backstage at this year's Daytime Emmys, LevitzFurniture's cream Reese Accent Chair was signed by 39 celebrities includingElisabeth Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters, Alex Trebeck, Betty White, JerrySpringer, Vivica A. Fox, Phil Donahue, Kim Zimmer, Anthony Geary and formerAmerican Idol star Constantine Maroulis. Through a partnership with Soap OperaWeekly, the chair was auctioned off with all of the proceeds going to benefitSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"We are pleased to have been part of the fun at this year's DaytimeEmmys," said Larry Zigerelli, chief executive officer for Levitz. "Thiscollaboration was a huge success and we're pleased to donate these funds toSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where we know the money will be wellspent."
Partnering with Soap Opera Weekly, Levitz Furniture placed the signedchair up for bid in June. Over the past months, daytime fans, and Levitzcustomers alike flocked to charitybuzz.com to bid on this one-of-a-kind item.
"We're thrilled to accept this donation and appreciate all of LevitzFurniture's efforts," said Dave McKee, chief operating office for ALSAC/St.Jude. "These funds will be put to advancing our research and furthering ourservices, and we look forward to working with Levitz once again in thefuture."
The full list of celebrities who signed the chair includes Alex Trebeck,Austin Peck, Betty White, Brandon Beemer, Bree Williamson, Cameron Mathison,Chandra Wilson, Daniel Goddard, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Elmo, Eva LaRue, ForbesMarch, Jerry Springer, John McCook, Joy Behar, Kyle Lowder, Tony Geary, MarcyRylan, Martha Madison, Michelle Ray Smith, Morgan Fairchild, Nadia Bjorlin,Peter Bergman, Thad Luckinbill, Thorsten Kayes, Ty Treadway, Vivica A. Fox,Phil Donahue, Barbara Walters, Lisa Rinna, Genie Francis, Kim Zimmer,Mackenzie Mauzy, Constantine Maroulis, Murray Bartlett, Terri Colombino,Lindsay Hartley, Eric Martsolf, and Michael Graziadei.
About Levitz Furniture
Levitz Furniture is a leading specialty retailer of furniture, bedding andhome furnishings in the United States with 80 locations in major metropolitanareas, principally in the Northeast and on the West Coast of the UnitedStates. Additional information about the Company and its brands is availableat www.levitz.com.
About St. Jude
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized forits pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and othercatastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based inMemphis, Tennessee, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific andmedical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments notcovered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay.St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, which was established with a solepurpose of raising the funds needed for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.
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