Morris Furniture CEO recognized for contributions to home furnishing industry

A local entrepreneur has been recognized for his contributions to the home furnishing industry.

City of Hope, an independent cancer research and treatment center, and its International Home Furnishing’s Industry group awarded the 2019 Spirit of Life award to Larry Klaben, president and CEO of Morris Furniture Company, on Sunday, according to a statement.

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Morris Furniture has stores in Dayton, Centerville, Springdale, Columbus and Florence, Ky. It started in Dayton in 1947.

Klaben, along with two leaders at Surya, a rug company that expanded into the United States after it was founded in India in 1976, received the award because their work has “fundamentally impacted the home furnishing industry,” the release said.

“I am extremely honored to be one of the 2019 Spirit of Life recipients for the Home Furnishings Industry, an industry that has given so much to my family. Many of us have been affected by the diseases that City of Hope is working tirelessly to beat,” said Klaben in a statement.

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Klaben’s mother died of diabetes and his father had cancer, he said.

“There’s no better place to invest in cancer research than City of Hope. My company’s mission is “Making Homes Great,’ and I truly believe that the City of Hope ‘Makes People’s Health Great,’ he said.


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