5th Annual Sleep Train Charity Golf Classic Raises Record-Breaking $500,000 for Emancipated Foster Youth
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SACRAMENTO – October 5, 2011 – Sleep Train, is celebrating the record-breaking success of its annual fundraising event to provide assistance to foster youth aging out of the foster care system to further their education after high school graduation and obtain independent living skills support. The Sleep Train Charity Golf Classic doubled the event’s expected donations goal, raising $500,000 for a grand five-year total of nearly $1.5 million in cash donations for foster youth agency programs along the West Coast.
Sleep Train hosted the private daylong event at Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Lincoln, CA where 400 people participated in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” themed eighteen-hole golf tournament and live dinner auction. Major proceeds from this year’s event are being distributed among the following agencies, with a guarantee that the donations will be used to fund services and programs that directly impact the foster youth:
- Volunteers of America – Former Foster Youth Program
First Place for Youth – My First Place and Steps to Success Programs
Promise2Kids – Guardian Scholars Program
Oregon State Assistance Commission (OSAC) – Dream Scholarship
Treehouse – Education Engagement Program
“For foster children aging out of the system, going to college or finding an apartment on their own can feel completely out of reach,” said Leo McFarland, president/CEO, Volunteers of America. “With support from Sleep Train, these young adults can make the transition to independent living, get help to apply for college and begin to dream about a career path where they can give back to the community that supported them.”
Statistics suggest that fewer than 10% of former foster kids who have turned 18 go to college, and within 18 months of aging out of the system, up to 50% of foster youth become homeless. “Children shape the future of our communities, and we feel it is our responsibility as a company and a community to ensure all young adults have access to higher education and the support in place to pursue their dreams,” said Dale Carlsen, founder and president of Sleep Train. “The Golf Tournament is an event we look forward to every year that brings together our team of employee-owners, partners and vendors to have fun while raising money for a cause close to our hearts. We are proud of this year’s achievement and humbled by the generosity of our participants to help shape a brighter future for these young adults.”
The Sleep Train Charity Golf Classic drew participants from all over the United States including representatives from Simmons Bedding Company, the presenting sponsor, Sealy Mattress Company, Tempur-Pedic®, Leggett & Platt, Latex International, Serta Mattress Company, and DSI Delivery. The company’s Foster Kids Program is currently hosting its first ever Dollar Drive for foster children through October 30, 2011. Donations in all denominations can be made at any Sleep Train location throughout California or online.