Poker tournament aids autism

Mattress and furniture industry retailers, manufacturers and suppliers turned out for the fourth annual Ante 4 Autism poker tournament held Jan. 31 at Binion’s in downtown Las Vegas during the January Las Vegas Market.

The total take was more than $17,000, which was donated to Autism Speaks, a nonprofit organization that increases awareness of autism and raises funds for research, family services and advocacy. The event included opportunities to donate, sponsor or bid online for a variety of donated sleep products and home furnishings.

Ante 4 Autism was founded by Doug Krinsky, a Restonic licensee sales manager and parent of a child with autism.

Co-hosts of the event included Joseph Amato, Mattress Matters; Stuart Carlitz, Eclipse International/Eastman House; Randy Coconis, Coconis Furniture; Scott Graham, PMD Furniture Direct; Mike McQuiston, Symbol Mattress; Andrew Mehran, Huffman Koos Furniture; Phil Miner, Symbol Mattress; Mark Quinn, Leggett & Platt Inc.; and Jerry Williams, PMD Furniture Direct. Dustin Fisher, Kim Niederst and Marv Beneteau received special thanks for helping set up the event.