HOUSTON, Oct. 31, 2017 — During the 2017 Accolades Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 27, the CHILDREN AT RISK foundation honored Mattress Firm president and CEO Ken Murphy with the Accolades award for the work Mattress Firm has done for children in the Houston community through the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program.
The Texas-based foundation recognizes leaders who support the company’s mission to help all children thrive while making Texas a place where children’s needs are a priority. CHILDREN AT RISK honored Murphy and Mattress Firm for being a powerful driving force in making a difference in the lives of children in foster care across Texas.
“I am truly humbled by this acknowledgement from CHILDREN AT RISK,” said Murphy. “Our goal is to provide children in the foster care system and their families with the essential items they need to succeed. Alongside our non-profit partners, we hope to make a difference in the lives of foster kids and help them beat the odds.”
The Mattress Firm Foster Kids program, through the Ticket to Dream foundation, was created in response to requests for support from local nonprofit foster care organizations, citing needs for essential items like shoes, clothing, pajamas and school supplies for the over 400,000 foster children across the nation. As a result, the company has committed to helping these children and every year the stores host six item drives with all proceeds going to carefully selected nonprofit foster care partners across the country. Since 2015, Mattress Firm Foster Kids has raised over $7 million and collected 1.5 million essential items for foster kids.
“Ken Murphy and the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program are the guiding lights for children in Houston and throughout Texas,” said Dr. Bob Sanborn, President and CEO of CHILDREN AT RISK. “We are recognizing Mr. Murphy because of his and Mattress Firm’s commitment to advocate for those who can’t advocate for themselves, not only in Texas but across the nation.”
CHILDREN AT RISK serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy, collaboration and advocacy. Through its research and advocacy programs, the foundation is a leader in understanding and educating the community and policy makers about the health, safety and economic indicators that impact children, while advocating for the importance of improving the lives of children.