JHS music department aims to pad fundraising numbers with mattress sale

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Jason Glander, a respected executive with a national fundraising company, has the perfect solution for people seeking a batter night’s sleep.

The same holds true for Ron Lamoureux, who chairs Johnston High School’s national award-winning music department.

Tomorrow, April 10, for seven straight hours beginning at 10 a.m., Glander and Custom Fundraising Solutions (CFS) will team up with the Panthers multifaceted and talented group of musicians and vocalists for a unique event on Cherry Hill.

“Everyone is excited and looking forward to a super successful day,” Lamoureux said with a wide smile on his face. “For lack of a better term, we’re calling this the Mattress Fundraiser, and we are hoping it puts more money into the [JHS Music Department] scholarship fund.”

While the Panthers have hosted the CFS-coordinated fundraiser in recent years, tomorrow’s sale ranks as the most important of all simply because last year’s scheduled fundraiser was canceled at the outset of COVID-19 and the Cleveland-based company has been unable to schedule similar events in the state since then.

“[Saturday] will be our first in-person sale of 2021 in Rhode Island,” Glander related. “We have other schools here that participate in our unique fundraising program, but we’ll be launching this year’s campaign in Johnston.”

Thus, CFS will set up more than two-dozen mattresses, many of which will be top-of-the-line brand names, inside different parts of JHS during the special sale. Both Glander and Lamoureux this week announced that the event “will have many different COVID-19 protections in place, and the space that will house all 25 different styles of mattresses will receive constant sanitation, and covers will be available for people to try out a mattress or two that they might want to purchase.”

Glander, who praised the energy and enthusiasm shown by the JHS music department in previous events, offered a sample of the name-brand mattresses that will be on sale tomorrow.

“We carry mattresses ranging from $199 all the way to $2,499 and everything in between,” Glander explained. “We carry most major brands … Simmons, Beautyrest, Therapedic, Malouf, Wellsville and Tranquility. We also carry adjustable bases for every budget made by Simmons and Malouf. In addition, we sell pillows, sheets, mattress protectors and bean bag chairs.”

The mattresses will be set up at various locations inside JHS including the foyer and adjacent corridors.

“CFS is extremely well-equipped to conduct a warehouse-like sales that is safe, socially distanced event that meets all state and school safety codes,” Lamoureux said.

The popular JHS music chair also added, “this is not just an exclusive JHS sale; we welcome the general public to come and check out the many different mattresses that will be specially priced. Anyone that attends the sale, which will conclude at 5 p.m., will be eligible to purchase tickets for a number of valuable door prizes that will be on sale throughout the day.”

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