Boston is perfect setting for major bedding industry fundraiser
Boston provided a spectacular backdrop for the latest edition of the Seena Magowitz Golf Classic. Hundreds of bedding industry leaders gathered there as the major industry fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research made its first foray into the Northeast.
A spirit of giving and sharing pervaded the busy schedule of events, which unfolded in gorgeous late summer weather in Boston and surrounding environs. Under brilliant blue skies, industry leaders got together to redouble their commitment to fighting the deadly scourge of pancreatic cancer, a major killer.
Despite the grim nature of pancreatic cancer, there was a sense of hope in the air. Life always looks more hopeful under sunny skies, but the industry leaders brought their own sense of hope to the event with the camaraderie that knits the bedding industry so tightly together.
Boston was an inspired choice for the setting of the Magowitz activities. The host Boston Harbor Hotel, overlooking the sparkling waters of the harbor, is perched right on the edge of historic sites. Here was the site of the Boston Tea Party. There was Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, bustling with food stalls. A statue of Sam Adams (“incorruptible and fearless”) looked down approvingly on the crowds that gathered beneath him.
As if those attractions were not enough, host Roger Magowitz and his team assembled an all-star lineup of Boston activities.
The three-day weekend began with a trip to Fenway Park, where major sponsors had the opportunity to stand on the warning track in the outfield during batting practice. The Red Sox provided gloves to the sponsors, who stood in late afternoon sunshine and soaked in the history of what the Red Sox call “America’s most beloved ballpark.” Then the group got a tour of the ballpark, including a stop at the famed Green Monster, the big green wall in left field.
Magowitz attendees were scattered all over the ballpark for the game that night between the Red Sox and the defending World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals. The Red Sox put on a power display and crushed the Royals.
The next day a lobster boat took a lucky group of attendees out into Boston Harbor, where the lobster traps always came up with a lobster or two.
That night the fund-raising dinner was held in the Boston Harbor Hotel’s Wharf Room. Dave Dombrowski, the president of baseball operations for the Red Sox, was the honorary chairman for the “Triple Play Dinner Program.”
The dinner program was uplifting. The industry saluted pancreatic cancer survivors, learned about promising advances in pancreatic cancer being spearheaded by Dr. Daniel Von Hoff of TGen, opened its wallets for a lively auction hosted by Mark Quinn of Sibose and Mark Kinsley of Leggett & Platt, and got a pep talk from Mattress Firm CEO Ken Murphy.
The next morning, with the weather continuing to cooperate, golfers took to the links at Tedesco Country Club in nearby Marblehead, Mass. As they enjoyed that challenging course, another group of attendees received a guided tour of the Jordan’s Furniture store in Reading, Mass., which cleverly mixes entertainment and shopping in a unique setting.
Kudos to Magowitz and the many industry leaders who have joined his crusade to cure pancreatic cancer. Each successful Seena Magowitz event brings us that much closer to that goal. We must beat pancreatic cancer. With the strong spirit of Roger Magowitz and his team, we will.