Sleep Train golf classic raises $650,000 for foster children

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Ready to tee off Sleep Train CEO Dale Carlsen (front row, left) with fellow golfers at Sleep Train’s annual golf charity event.

Sleep Train’s seventh annual Charity Golf Classic drew 500 participants and raised $650,000 for foster children, the Sacramento, Calif.-based retailer has announced. Sponsors included “presenting sponsor” Simmons, Leggett & Platt, Protect-A-Bed, Serta and Tempur Sealy, among others. The annual event has raised over $2.6 million to date. Funds are used to provide financial assistance to foster families and former foster youth.

“We look forward to this event each year as a fun way to bring our business community together for an important cause—raising money to ensure current and former foster youth have the same opportunities as their peers,” said Dale Carlsen, Sleep Train founder and chief executive officer. “Statistics show that by age 18, more than 60% of foster kids have no work experience and one-third end up on welfare. Extracurricular activities, educational scholarships and support to gain independent living skills give foster youth the needed tools to be successful throughout their adult lives.”

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