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"American Furniture Idol" Talent Title To Be Awarded At City of Hope Dinner in High Point

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City of Hope’s National Home Furnishings Industry’s Spirit of Life Award dinner, slated for Wednesday, October 3, will feature the fourth annual American Furniture Idol competition. The dinner, honoring John Disa of Wickes Furniture and Kevin O’Connor of Samson Marketing, will be held in High Point at the Showplace tent during the High Point Market this Fall. The annual Spirit of Life® event benefits City of Hope (www.cityofhope.org), a leading research and treatment 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. “We are really excited to have a very gifted roster of top-notch talent agree to share their hidden and not-so-hidden talents with us,” says Aspenhome’s Jena Hall, who also serves as City of Hope’s National Home Furnishings Industry Chapter board co-president. “This year’s judges will have a tough job as they vote for the 2007 American Furniture Idol. The audience will also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite performer as well.” Last year, the American Furniture Idol Judges’ Award went to make-up artist Terri Christian, and the Audience’s Award went to Paul Adorno of Taylor King & Elite Leather. The 2007 contestants will feature the talents of: Luca Ricci, De Coro Furniture, Vanessa Rodriguez of City Furniture, Kelly Peterson of Hearst Publications, Larry Stein of Furniture World Magazine, Ray Allegrezza of Furniture/Today, Heath Combs of Furniture/Today, Greg Haptor of Huntington Furniture and Elite Leather, and Kimberley Wray, High Point Market Authority. For more information about the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life® Award dinner, contact: Michael Sandler, 800-272- 2310 or msandler@coh.org.

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