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Bob’s Discount Furniture Donates $40,000 to Special Olympics
Company’s Ongoing Cafe Donations Program Supports Non-Profit Organizations Up and Down the East Coast and in Mid-Atlantic States
MANCHESTER, Conn. – April 1, 2015 – Bob’s Discount Furniture today announced that it is donating $40,000 to the Special Olympics in support of athletes training across the Mid-Atlantic and New England region, a $10,000 increase from Bob’s donation in 2014. Half of this year’s contribution to Special Olympics comes from the company’s Bob’s Outreach program, which supports schools and children-related charities, while the other half is made possible by customer contributions to collection jars located in the cafes found in every Bob’s store, which offer free refreshments (including gourmet coffee, ice cream, cookies and candy) to all Bob’s shoppers.
"Bob’s has supported the Special Olympics with financial donations for more than 16 years, and we’re pleased to be contributing once again, as well as dedicating some of our customers’ cafe donations to this outstanding program," says Cathy Poulin, public relations director, Bob’s Discount Furniture. "We feel a real connection to the Special Olympics program, which is made even stronger because of our practice of hiring Special Olympics athletes to work in Bob’s stores."
The roots of the Special Olympics movement date back to the late 1950s when Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of soon-to-become-President John F. Kennedy, realized how poorly people with intellectual disabilities were being treated. In 1962, she organized a summer day camp in her own backyard for young people with intellectual disabilities to test their skills in a variety of sports and physical activities. The idea grew from there and, in July 1968, the first International Special Olympics Summer Games were held in Chicago. Today, more than 4.4 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities participate in more than 80,000 Special Olympics events and competitions each year.
"The continuing support we have received from Bob’s Discount Furniture and its in-store customer donations campaign is deeply appreciated," says Mary Beth McMahon, president and CEO, Special Olympics Massachusetts. "Our Special Olympics athletes are training hard to prepare for state-level competition and, in some cases, to join the 7,000 athletes from around the world expected to participate in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles this summer."
Bob’s officials will present a donation check to Special Olympics representatives at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, at Bob’s headquarters, 428 Tolland Turnpike, Manchester, Conn. News media are welcome to attend.
About Bob’s Discount Furniture
Bob’s Discount Furniture provides a wide variety of quality furnishings – including living room furniture, bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, office furniture and home accents – at everyday low prices. The stores also offer a unique and enjoyable shopping experience featuring cafes in each store with free gourmet coffee, ice cream, cookies and candy. Since 1991, Bob’s has built strong customer loyalty by offering the highest-value home furnishings at the lowest possible prices. With 57 furniture stores located throughout New England, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the Manchester, Conn.-based company has become the 14th-largest U.S. furniture chain. Bob’s is committed to supporting communities where its stores are located through a variety of charitable giving efforts. Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation has anchored the company’s philanthropic work for more than 15 years. In addition, the Bob’s Outreach program was created as a separate entity to help schools and children-related charities. The company donates more than $2 million to charities through these programs each year. For more information on Bob’s charitable programs, visit http://www.bobscares.org/, and follow us on Twitter @MyBobs and @MyBobs_Charity and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyBobs.
About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics; fb.com/specialolympics; and youtube.com/specialolympicshq.