Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, owner of a chain of furniture stores called Gallery Furniture in Texas, bought 110 extra tickets to Game 1 of the World Series in Houston. He treated military vets, and their spouses, along with the ten person staff from Camp Hope to the baseball game.
Camp Hope offers temporary housing for veterans suffering from combat-related PTSD and their families, and offers a 90-day PTSD recovery program.
"We’re thrilled to send these people, these veterans, these warriors who have sacrificed so much for us to this great World Series game to see our Houston Astros," Mack said.
Jim started Gallery Furniture in 1981 with $5,000. In 1983 the business was almost bankrupt. Taking the last $10,000 to his name, he created a commercial that he stared in, and ad-libbed a fast talking sales pitch that aired on 2 local stations. The commercial became the talk of Houston and sales tripled with in a month! It also created his nickname "Mattress Mack" and made him a star. Gallery Furniture now does around a quarter of a billion annually in sales and Mack loves to donate to military and police charities.