October 16, 2013 (San Marcos, CA) – When colleague Rick Huffman of Basset Furniture told Andrew Walker of Serta International about the many things that abused and neglected children need for their new home, Walker did not hesitate to help. Immediately, the team at Serta International donated brand new twin and double high quality mattresses, and they continue to supply ongoing needs for every resident at the newly built Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos, California. In honor of this commitment, Casa de Amparo is proud to present Andrew Walker of Serta International as the Honorary Chair at 15th Annual Crystal Ball Gala, to be held on October 26, 2013.
“At Serta, we believe in giving back to the community,” says Walker. “Giving Casa Kids a comfortable place to sleep was the right thing to do. I am impressed by the passion of the Casa de Amparo staff, their philosophy of care, and the heartwarming stories of kids who have been helped.”
Many of abused and neglected children have grown up sleeping on floors, couches, or go from motel to motel, never having a bed of their own. “Thanks to the generosity of Serta International, each and every resident is welcomed with a warm and comfortable bed to sleep in every night,” says Tamara Fleck-Myers, Executive Director of Casa de Amparo. “Many take the basic things in life for granted, such as a mattress. But to our children, a mattress means more than just a bed, it means home, which is priceless.”
Photo Caption: Serta Southern California Executive Management Team (Left to Right): Carter Gronbach, Andrew Walker, Bing Salac and Chris Winther.
Serta is the #1 Mattress Manufacturer in the United States. The company’s product portfolio includes the only official mattress of the National Sleep Foundation, The Serta Perfect Sleeper® and the revolutionary iComfort® gel memory foam sleep system, both named Consumers Digest Best Buys. Serta also manufactures the upscale Trump Home™ and Perfect Day® iSeries™ collections, featuring a combination of Serta’s exclusive gel memory foam and an advanced innerspring system.
As the leading provider of mattresses to the hospitality industry, Serta partners with hotel groups such as Hilton Hotels, Marriott, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Bellagio Hotel, Wyndham Hotels, Omni Hotels, Choice Hotels, Accor Hotels and many more.
Serta has 23 U.S. and 4 Canadian manufacturing plants. In addition, Serta is distributed internationally in more than 100 other countries. With its worldwide network, Serta is able to respond quickly to customers’ needs while still preserving strict control standards to ensure the highest quality.
For more information, visit www.serta.com.
Established in 1978, Casa de Amparo (Home of Protection) is recognized as a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County and beyond, with locations in Oceanside and San Marcos. The non-profit organization annually serves 750 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 24 years old, as well as 650 families, through six integrated programs that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships. These programs include Residential Services, Counseling Services, Family Visitation, Hayward Child Development Center, New Directions, and Young Parent Network. Casa de Amparo is the San Diego Chargers Courage House, part of a national network of NFL teams and local charities dedicated to the prevention of child abuse.
For more information, visit www.casadeamparo.org.
In 1999, visionary Casa de Amparo patrons and community members conceived the idea of a gala that would raise substantial funds to help each Casa Kid look into his or her own crystal ball and see a brighter future. All proceeds raised at the Crystal Ball Gala directly benefit Casa de Amparo’s programs and services supporting San Diego children and families affected by or at risk of child abuse or neglect.