ARCHDALE, N.C., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Musician Aaron Neville made a
surprise visit to the offices of mattress manufacturer Sealy today. Neville
made the stop to thank Sealy executives and employees for their generous
support and donations to the American Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane
Neville was greeted by a crowd of Sealy plant employees and corporate
staff who flooded the mattress manufacturer's lobby as word spread that
Neville would drop in on its North Carolina headquarters.
Neville presented Sealy chairman and chief executive officer, Dave
McIlquham with an autographed copy of his new "Christmas Prayer" CD and spoke
in gentle tones about the tragedy and loss that he, his family and friends
experienced through Hurricane Katrina. Neville signed autographs, stood for
pictures and hugged employees during his stop.
"We were blown away with Aaron's visit at Sealy this morning. We're big
fans of Aaron Neville's music -- now more than ever. And we applaud his
tireless effort to support the American Red Cross fundraising in the aftermath
of Katrina and Rita. All of us at Sealy consider him a friend in this
important work and we hope the next time he stops by, he'll give us a song,"
Neville's entry in the company's guest log bears his signature and under
the column designating whom he was visiting, he simply wrote "everyone."
Immediately following the onset of Hurricane Katrina, Sealy donated $1
million in cash and product to the American Red Cross for Disaster Relief
Efforts. Sealy employee associates raised an additional $72,250 in cash
donations for the American Red Cross.
Neville can be heard singing "Amazing Grace" on an American Red Cross
commercial and is very involved in fund-raising efforts for hurricane victims.
He will donate 60 cents from the sale of each "Christmas Prayer" CD through
Dec. 31 to the American Red Cross. Aaron Neville may be best known for his
performance of "Tell It Like It Is" and his duet with performer Linda
Ronstadt, "Don't Know Much."
Sealy has a long record of philanthropic efforts, both at the corporate
level and through grass roots donations and generous support of its 6,300
employee associates. Each year Sealy, along with a consortium of other
partners, supports the Triad Holiday Challenge, a food drive in the Piedmont
Triad area that collects donations for the Salvation Army food pantry.
Sealy is the largest bedding manufacturer in the world, and is the leading
bedding company in North America. Including its subsidiaries, Sealy has 30
manufacturing plants in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Brazil,
Argentina and Mexico. There are a total of 12 international licensees
operating in Spain, Portugal, Australia, Israel, Jamaica, Dominican Republic,
Saudi Arabia, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, South Africa, the Bahamas and the
United Kingdom. In addition to its licensees, Sealy has a joint venture in
Southeast Asia and Korea.
Sealy produces and sells a full range of mattresses under the Sealy, Sealy
Posturepedic(R), Stearns & Foster and Bassett brand names. Sealy-branded
licensed products include: crib mattresses, sheets, pillows, mattress pads and
comforters, office chairs, futons and sleep sofas. For more information on
Sealy, Inc. visit http://www.sealy.com.
Maria Gonzalez Lachapelle
SOURCE Sealy, Inc.