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Powell Company

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Powell and PowellKIDS Team with the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Youth Furnishings Leader to Help Raise Funds for Children’s Charity:
High Point Market and National Efforts Planned

Culver City, California - (October 3, 2008 ) - Leading youth furniture manufacturer Powell Co. is teaming with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Powell has set two goals to accomplish at High Point Market: First, to raise $6,000, the average cost of a wish, from market-goers in order to fulfill the wish of one child from the High Point area; and second, to establish a nationwide charity network among its dealers.

“I can’t begin to say how enthused we are to be involved and to help make a difference in the lives of children,” said Tom Liddell, senior vice president of national sales for Powell. “The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an amazing charity that really has an impact.”

Powell will kick off the charitable giving drive with a birthday-style party in the new PowellKIDS gallery in their showroom, National Furniture Mart, Suite 100, on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m., complete with ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery. Local Make-A-Wish® children and their families will be in attendance, along with various High Point dignitaries. Market-goers are invited to attend.

In addition, a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. will launch the PowellKIDS Youth Gallery introduction as well as the on-the-street fundraising efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

During the market, Powell will have a Make-A-Wish tree set up in their showroom, bedecked with hanging stars which dealers from across the nation can select from to indicate their commitment to a Make-A-Wish child in their geographic area– to receive furniture-specific wishes as they come up. Powell Co. will share the furniture costs with participating dealers who are tapped to fulfill these local chapter wishes. All dealers who join the efforts will receive recognition by having their names included on a chalkboard list in the youth gallery section of the showroom.

“This will be an incredibly positive experience for the participating dealers, since they will be directly involved with many of the wish kids,” said Don Timmons, regional director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Western North Carolina. “They will be delivering and in many cases helping set up furniture for children with life-threatening medical conditions whose lives can be enriched by simply having their very own dream bedrooms.”

Mirroring its Candyland showroom theme for the fall market, developed to generate excitement for the new PowellKIDS youth gallery program, the company will also have people in candy costumes, along with a Make-A-Wish representative, on the street in front of their showroom in the National Building each day of the market, beginning October 20th. Contributions will be collected in increments of $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50, and contributors will receive receipts for their tax-deductible donations.

Founded in 1968, Powell Company has been a leading importer of design-driven, high-quality furnishings. Powell has long been regarded for its service-oriented culture, broad product offerings, multiple sourcing and delivery options and enjoys a reputation for reliability, integrity and honesty among its customers and peers in the home furnishings industry. Powell was acquired by Sun Capital Partners in 2007.

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