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Celebrity Seating Only! Levitz Chair Signed by 39 Daytime Stars Sells for $1200 on Charitybuzz.com
Date:9/4/2007

Auction Proceeds to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R)

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Levitz Furniture, a leading specialty retailer of furniture, bedding and home furnishings, announced today that after a live online auction, its celebrity signed chair sold on charitybuzz.com for $1200. Backstage at this year's Daytime Emmys, Levitz Furniture's cream Reese Accent Chair was signed by 39 celebrities including Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters, Alex Trebeck, Betty White, Jerry Springer, Vivica A. Fox, Phil Donahue, Kim Zimmer, Anthony Geary and former American Idol star Constantine Maroulis. Through a partnership with Soap Opera Weekly, the chair was auctioned off with all of the proceeds going to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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"We are pleased to have been part of the fun at this year's Daytime Emmys," said Larry Zigerelli, chief executive officer for Levitz. "This collaboration was a huge success and we're pleased to donate these funds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where we know the money will be well spent."

Partnering with Soap Opera Weekly, Levitz Furniture placed the signed chair up for bid in June. Over the past months, daytime fans, and Levitz customers alike flocked to charitybuzz.com to bid on this one-of-a-kind item.

"We're thrilled to accept this donation and appreciate all of Levitz Furniture's efforts," said Dave McKee, chief operating office for ALSAC/St. Jude. "These funds will be put to advancing our research and furthering our services, and we look forward to working with Levitz once again in the future."

The full list of celebrities who signed the chair includes Alex Trebeck, Austin Peck, Betty White, Brandon Beemer, Bree Williamson, Cameron Mathison, Chandra Wilson, Daniel Goddard, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Elmo, Eva LaRue, Forbes March, Jerry Springer, John McCook, Joy Behar, Kyle Lowder, Tony Geary, Marcy Rylan, Martha Madison, Michelle Ray Smith, Morgan Fairchild, Nadia Bjorlin, Peter Bergman, Thad Luckinbill, Thorsten Kayes, Ty Treadway, Vivica A. Fox, Phil Donahue, Barbara Walters, Lisa Rinna, Genie Francis, Kim Zimmer, Mackenzie Mauzy, Constantine Maroulis, Murray Bartlett, Terri Colombino, Lindsay Hartley, Eric Martsolf, and Michael Graziadei.

About Levitz Furniture

Levitz Furniture is a leading specialty retailer of furniture, bedding and home furnishings in the United States with 80 locations in major metropolitan areas, principally in the Northeast and on the West Coast of the United States. Additional information about the Company and its brands is available at http://www.levitz.com.

About St. Jude

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, which was established with a sole purpose of raising the funds needed for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For more information, please visit http://www.stjude.org.


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