Independent bedding manufacturer Pleasant Mattress has long been involved in the charitable work in Northern California, through annual charitable donations of mattresses and funds to help local organizations improve lives for the area’s residents.
Rion Morgenstern, president and CEO, was recently named to the board of directors of Fresno Chaffee Zoo. The nine-member board is responsible for setting the direction of what has become one of the nation’s preeminent zoos. Morgenstern was selected for the post because of his reputation as a visionary marketer. Pleasant Mattress’ philosophy of giving back and supporting the community continues the family vision developed by his father Herb Morgenstern, chairman of the company.
“This is the forefront of our mission in helping our community become better and is the beginning of a fulfilling relationship that will inspire others to learn about wildlife conservation,” said Rion Morgenstern. “I’m thrilled to be able to make a difference in the community that means so much to our family and our associates. Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Pleasant Mattress both have long standing ties in Fresno – starting out small and growing into what they are today. Being on the board is important to Pleasant Mattress because it coincides with our motto of making a long-standing positive impact for others, including animals.”
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. Located on 39 acres within Roeding Park in Fresno, California, the zoo sees more than 825,000 visitors annually and has doubled in size over the past 15 years thanks to Measure Z, a sales tax initiative approved by the voters in 2004 and 2014. Measure Z has helped transform Fresno Chaffee Zoo into a world-class zoo.
In 2015, the zoo opened African Adventure; a 19-acre addition that brought African elephants, lions, rhinos, meerkats and more to the zoo. The next large-scale project on the horizon, is Kingdoms of Asia. This exhibit will transform the interior of the zoo and transport the visitors to the jungles of Asia and will house tigers, orangutans, sloths, bears and komodo dragons.
“Fresno Chaffee Zoo is an integral part of the community. The goal of the zoo’s board is to ensure the zoo’s success and the mission of inspiring the wonder of our natural world, providing an engaging learning environment and creating a passion for conservation,” said Scott Barton, CEO of Fresno Chaffee Zoo. “Rion’s work ethic and willingness to make a difference are key elements in being part of the board. I know Rion is passionate about the world and all of its creatures. His insight is an asset to our organization.”
About Pleasant Mattress: Pleasant Mattress is an independent, family-owned and operated mattress manufacturer serving the Western United States. The company employs 175 people and has been making mattresses since in 1959. The company is a licensee and manufacturer of the Spring Air and Eclipse International brands and manufactures the McRoskey brand. The company produces traditional mattresses and specialty sleep products at its 150,000-square-foot campus in Fresno, California.