Bob’s Discount Furniture, through its Bob’s Outreach program, announced the winners of its seventh annual Celebrate the Arts Contest, which will award $45,000 in cultural grants to nine schools across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. The money will be used to support and maintain the schools’ dance, music and fine arts programs during the 2012-13 school year.
Each year, Bob’s Outreach receives thousands of submissions and randomly selects one K-12 school in each of the nine states (Conn., Maine, Mass., Md., N.H., N.J., N.Y., R.I. and Va.) where Bob’s Discount Furniture stores are located to win a $5,000 grant. In coming weeks the Bob’s Outreach Team will visit each winning school to award the grants and visit with students and faculty.
Bob’s Discount Furniture began the Celebrate the Arts contest in 2006 as a way to alleviate some of the cutbacks affecting many school districts’ arts and cultural programs. “Bob’s has long been a supporter of the arts in education, which is why we are so pleased to be able to help these deserving schools maintain and enhance their arts programs,” said Cathy Poulin, public relations director, Bob’s Discount Furniture. “By continuing to sponsor these annual Celebrate the Arts grants, we hope to focus attention on the importance of keeping arts and cultural programs in our schools.”
This year’s winners are:
- East Catholic High School, Manchester, Conn.
- Oxon Hill Middle School, Fort Washington, Md.
- Ponaganset Middle School, North Scituate, R.I.
- Sebago Education Alliance, Buxton, Maine
- St. Anna School, Leominster, Mass.
- St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, Alexandria, Va.
- Virginia Road Elementary School, North White Plains, N.Y
- Washington Elementary School, Lyndhurst, N.J.
- Winchester School, Winchester, N.H.
For more information about Bob’s Discount Furniture and its ongoing charitable contributions, please visit www.mybobs.com.
About Bob’s Discount Furniture:
Bob’s Discount Furniture provides quality furniture at everyday low prices, and a unique and enjoyable shopping experience. All of Bob’s stores feature a complimentary cafe with gourmet coffee, ice cream, fresh baked cookies and candy. Since 1991, Bob’s has built strong customer loyalty by offering a vast selection of fashionable and affordable furniture that surpasses their “discount” expectations. With 43 stores located throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Virginia, the company is committed to supporting communities where its stores are located through Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation and Bob’s Outreach program. Bob’s and its staff support hundreds of nonprofit organizations with sponsorships and charitable contributions, and every year the company donates more than $100,000 to schools and more than $1.5 million to charities. To find out more about Bob’s and its charitable programs visit www.mybobs.com, and follow us on Twitter at @MyBobs_Charity and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mybobs
About Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation:
Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation anchors the charitable work of the entire Bob’s organization. The foundation and Bob’s Outreach program, along with Bob Kaufman, Cathy Poulin and other employees, support hundreds of nonprofit organizations with sponsorships and contributions that annually exceed $1.5 million. For more than 15 years Bob’s has partnered with the American Red Cross in New England to promote blood drives. Other supported charities include 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.BobsCares.com
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