Sleep Country USA's Ticket to Dream Foundation Donates $60,000 to Oregon Student Access Commission

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October 19, 2011

Eugene, OR – Sleep Country USA (www.sleepcountry.com), the Northwest’s number one mattress store, announced today that it is donating $60,000 to the Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) from contributions made during an annual fundraising event held by its non-profit foundation Ticket to Dream. The donation coincides the passing of House Bill 3471, which requires Oregon universities and colleges to waive tuition and fees for foster youths applying to their programs as well as directs the Oregon Student Access Commission to give them preference for Oregon Opportunity Grants.

Oregon Student Access Commission will use the donation to directly fund its Dream Scholarship for former foster youth who may use the proceeds to pay for fees, books and supplies, room and board (on campus or off), personal expenses, transportation, and other costs associated with postsecondary education.

"We are grateful for the generosity of Sleep Country to aid us in supporting the continuing education of foster children who are aging out of the system," said Josette Green, executive director, Oregon Student Access Commission. "It will impact many precious lives and help fulfill educational dreams. Our foster youth belong to everyone and deserve all of the support that is possible. With this generous award, many, many Oregon youth will be assisted, and achieving a college degree will be more attainable."

Statistics suggest that fewer than 10% of former foster kids who have turned 18 go to college, and within 18 months of aging out of the system, up to 50% of foster youth become homeless. Sleep Country’s philanthropic efforts aim to make a significant impact in the lives of former foster youth, preventing them from becoming just another daunting statistic.

"Children shape the future of our communities, and we feel it is our responsibility as a company and a community to ensure these at-risk young adults have access to higher education and the support in place to pursue their dreams," said Terry Horsley, vice president of brand strategy for Sleep Country USA. "We are proud of this year’s achievement and humbled by the generosity of our participants."

The daylong pirate-themed event, which included an eighteen-hole tournament, post-golf buffet and live auction, drew participants from all over the United States including representatives from presenting sponsor Simmons Bedding Company, Sealy Mattress Company, Tempur-Pedic®, Leggett & Platt, Latex International, Serta Mattress Company, and DSI Delivery.

Sleep Country's Foster Kids Program is currently hosting its Coat Drive for Foster Kids through October 30, 2011. Donations can be made at any of Sleep Country’s more than 70 retail locations throughout the Pacific Northwest or online at www.sleepcountry.com.

About Sleep Country USA

Celebrating its 20th year in business, Sleep Country USA is the No. 1 bedding specialist in the Northwest, with more than 70 mattress stores throughout Washington and Oregon. Founded in 1991, Sleep Country USA features top-quality, brand-name mattresses from Sealy, Posturepedic®, Simmons Beautyrest®, Stearns Foster, Serta and Tempur-Pedic®, as well as premium adjustable beds, futons, and wood and metal accent beds. The company emphasizes customer service and satisfaction with its Money Back Comfort Guarantee and Free Red Carpet Delivery Service. Sleep Country USA’s award-winning Sleep Country Foster Kids program actively contributes to its communities through ongoing donation drives and fundraising events that benefit the area’s more than 20,000 foster children. For more information about Sleep Country USA or the Sleep Country Foster Kids program, please visit www.sleepcountry.com or call 1-888-88-SLEEP.

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About Oregon Student Access Commission

The Oregon Student Access Commission (OSAC) is a state agency dedicated to assisting Oregon students and their families in attaining a postsecondary education while enhancing the value, integrity, and diversity of Oregon's college programs. OSAC is a national leader in public/private partnerships to administer scholarships and innovative outreach programs to assist Oregon students in attaining a postsecondary education. OSAC administers more than $118 million in grants and scholarships, including need-based grants such as the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Chafee Education and Training Grant for former foster youth, Student Child Care Grant, and others. OSAC protects the citizens of Oregon and their postsecondary schools by ensuring the quality of higher education and preserving the integrity of an academic degree; and advocates college access for Oregon students by providing financial aid assistance through grants and scholarships, workshops, and mentoring of students preparing for education and training beyond high school.