High Point International Home Furnishings Market

Market-goers and local businesses are invited to hit the pavement in the early morning hours this Spring as part of the home furnishings industry's 2nd Annual Hike for Hope. The one-hour event, a two-mile walk through downtown High Point, is an industry-wide fundraiser for City of Hope (COH), a leading cancer research and treatment center. The Hike will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2007, the morning prior to Market's official start. Organizers are encouraging manufacturers, retailers, designers, Market showroom buildings, local businesses and other Market-goers to participate in the Hike for Hope.

This year, Hike for Hope Grand Marshall Jeff Cook, newly named president of Broyhill Furniture Industries, will lead the procession through the streets of downtown. According to Kim Hunter, office manager at Magnussen Home Furnishings Inc., where Cook most recently served as president and chief executive, the Magnussen team will be out "en force" to support both City of Hope and Cook. "We're challenging our peers at Broyhill to do the same, " she says with a laugh…and may the most company tee-shirts win!"

City of Hope is 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 impact care throughout the nation. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics and shares its scientific knowledge with medical centers locally and globally, helping patients battling serious diseases.

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