Justin Gravius, Loomis Group
Bob's Discount Furniture Grants $45,000 to Cultural Arts Programs in Schools Across Nine States
(Manchester, CT) – October 5, 2011
Bob's Discount Furniture, through its Bob’s Outreach program, announced the winners of its 6th annual Celebrate the Arts Contest. The contest was designed to support and maintain dance, music and the arts in schools, and Bob's Outreach will award $45,000 in cultural grants to nine deserving schools. Each year, Bob’s Outreach receives thousands of submissions and selects one K-12 school in each of the nine states (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, MD, VA) where Bob's Discount Furniture stores are located to win a $5,000 grant. The money will be used to support cultural arts programs during the 2011-2012 school year.
As part of the contest, each winning school receives a special delivery from a representative of Bob's Discount Furniture Outreach Team, who will award the grant and visit with students and faculty. "Bob's has always been supportive of education and the arts, and we are pleased to continue granting these donations to schools so they can supplement and enhance their arts programs," said Cathy Poulin, Public Relations Director, Bob’s Discount Furniture. "It’s always amazing to see the gratitude of the faculty and students when presenting our grant checks."
This year’s winners and presentation dates are:
• West Woods Upper Elementary School, Farmington, CT, October 5 at 9:00 a.m.
• Cambria Center for the Gifted Child, Cambria Heights, NY, October 7 at 10:00 a.m.
• Alvirne High School, Hudson, NH, October 12 at 12:00 p.m.
• Central School, South Berwick, ME, October 12 at 2:30 p.m.
• Kenneth Coombs School, Mashpee, MA, October 20 at 12:00 p.m.
• Garvin Memorial School, Cumberland, RI, October 20 at 2:00 p.m.
• Mattawoman Middle School, Waldorf, MD, November 10 at 10:00 a.m.*
• Westfield High School, Chantilly, VA, November 11 at 1:30 p.m.**
• Middlesex High School, Middlesex, NJ, TBD
* Presentation to occur at Bob’s Rockville, MD store
** Presentation to occur at Bob’s Falls Church, VA store
“The West Woods school community is thrilled! The news about winning Bob's Celebrate the Arts Contest came at the perfect time,” said Principal Alicia Bowman of the West Woods Upper Elementary School in Farmington, Conn. “We will use this money to support cultural programs that enrich our curriculum and serve as hallmark experiences for our fifth and sixth graders.”
“Winning the Celebrate the Arts Contest is a dream come true for our teachers, students and community,” said Principal Vicki Stewart of the Central School in South Berwick, Maine. “Our team really values arts in education and we’re constantly looking for innovative ways to provide unique opportunities to enrich our student programs.”
For more information about Bob’s Discount Furniture and its ongoing charitable contributions, please visit www.mybobs.com.
About Bob's Discount Furniture
Named the 2008 Furniture Retailer of the Year, with 42 stores located throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Virginia, Bob's Discount Furniture has built strong brand awareness and customer loyalty by providing quality furniture at everyday low prices, combined with a unique and enjoyable shopping experience. First-time visitors are pleasantly surprised by the comfortable atmosphere and vast selection of fashionable and affordable furniture that surpasses their "discount" expectations. As a part of the overall shopping experience, all stores feature a complimentary café with gourmet coffee, ice cream, fresh baked cookies and candy. For more information, visit www.mybobs.com.
About Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation
Through the Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation and Bob’s Outreach program, Bob Kaufman, Cathy Poulin and all of Bob's Discount Furniture employees support hundreds of nonprofit organizations with sponsorships and charitable contributions. For over 15 years Bobs Discount Furniture has partnered with the American Red Cross in New England and has through direct in store blood drives, raised over 21,000 productive units and over 15,000 units through a blood-mobile donated in 2006. Among the many other supported charities are Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, Easter Seals, The Jimmy Fund, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, National Conference for Community Justice, The Johan Santana Foundation, The Andrus Children Center, Connecticut Children's Medical Center and Special Olympics. For more information about the foundation and Bob's Discount Furniture, visit www.mybobs.com/charity.