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Larry Klaben, Connie Post And Mike Massood, Sr. To Be Honored At Central And Eastern City Of Hope Events

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Honorees Mike Massood, Connie Post & Larry Klaben

City of Hope’s National Home Furnishings Industry group announced that it will honor Larry Klaben of Morris Furniture, Connie Post of Connie Post International and Mike Massood, Sr., co-founder of MGM Transport Corp, at its Central and Eastern Region events.

The Central Region’s annual summer event on Monday, August 13 at the Chicago Cultural Center will honor Larry Klaben, CEO/President of Morris Furniture Co., Inc., the Ohio based furniture retail chain, for his leadership in the industry and outstanding community outreach. The evening, chaired by Marty Darvin and Paulette Rippley, promises to be another wonderful and memorable way to support and learn more about the great research and patient care provided at City of Hope. For event information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Brittany De La Torre, director of development, City of Hope at 213-241-7168 or bdelatorre@coh.org.

“We host regional events in order to inform local industry people about City of Hope’s life-saving research so that together we can raise funds to help fight these terrible diseases”, stated Roger Friesen, National Co-Chair.

The 2nd Annual Eastern Region event will take place at the Masina Trattoria, Sheraton Lincoln Harbor, on Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Weehawken, NJ, honoring Connie Post, of Connie Post International, for her leadership and long term service to City of Hope’s National Board of Directors, and Mike Massood, Sr. co-founder of MGM Transport Corp., will be presented City of Hope’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his notable impact on the industry. For event information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Brittany De La Torre, director of development, City of Hope at 213-241-7168 or bdelatorre@coh.org.

“We are planning a beautiful evening on the banks of the Hudson River in with a million dollar view of the city. Set in the home of Frank Sinatra, the Italian themed evening will feature Italian music, fare, and a spectacular live auction. We welcome all industry people to come and celebrate the efforts of these two industry leaders, learn more about City of Hope’s breakthroughs in cancer and diabetes research, as well as enjoy a little taste of New York fun,” said Jena Hall, National Co-Chair.

Added Pat Cory, Eastern Region Chair, “It is great to be a part of the team at City of Hope and we are honored to work with Connie and Mike to build awareness of the national impact of City of Hope’s life-saving research”.

About City of Hope’s 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, transportation, supply and publishing. To date, the industry has raised nearly $50 million for City of Hope. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org/nhfi.

About Connie Post
Retail design strategist, trend expert, author and idea merchant Connie Post understands what excites consumers and makes cash registers ring. As the standard bearer of visual marketing in the home furnishings industry for nearly three decades, she is responsible for the look of more than 18 million square feet of retail and wholesale space around the globe. An in-demand speaker and columnist, Post is regularly sought for her expert commentary, and the empowering message she brings to consumers everywhere: “A Beautiful Room Will Change Your Life.”

She is a Founding Member of With It (Women in the Home Industries Today). With It is a North American association founded in 1997 and headquartered in High Point, NC, that encourages and develops leadership, mentoring, education and net-working opportunities for professional women in the home furnishings industries. Connie has also served on the City of Hope National Home Furnishings Industry Board of Directors for 20 years, contributing to the industry’s 50-year and nearly $50M relationship with the organization.

About Mike Massood, Sr.
Michael Massood, Sr. founded MGM Transport Corporation in 1952 with his brother, George. Convinced there was room in the furniture industry for a dependable customer-focused carrier, Mike quickly developed relationships with many of the industry’s leaders and began to actively support trade associations and endeavors. He served on the board of many furniture organizations throughout the country for 40 years. Addressing their concerns with honesty, fairness, and an uncompromising dedication of reliability, Mike and George were able to grow MGM from a single truck operation, into the leading furniture carrier in the country.

Throughout his long career in the furniture industry, Mike and MGM Transport have supported a variety of humanitarian and charitable organizations, including City of Hope. Mike’s dedication and support towards helping his fellow mankind have inspired the second and third generations of Massood to follow in his footsteps.

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 based in Southern California 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 www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.

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