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Bob's Discount Furniture Awards $25,000 to Holy Trinity Diocesan High School

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Pictured in Photo (L to R): Frank DiLullo, Holy Trinity Diocesan High School parent; John Barra, store manager of Bob’s Discount Furniture in Carle Place, NY; Sophia Moore, sales manager of Bob’s Discount Furniture in Farmingdale, NY; Catherine Murphy, Holy Trinity Diocesan High School performing arts chairperson; Cathy Poulin, spokeswoman and public relations director of Bob’s Discount Furniture; Gene Fennell, Holy Trinity Diocesan High School principal; Richard Muniz, store manager of Bob’s Discount Furniture in Freeport, NY; Nadira Ramdhany, office manager of Bob’s Discount Furniture in Freeport, NY.



 
Bob’s Discount Furniture reported that it presented a $25,000 check to the winner of the 10th annual Celebrate the Arts contest, Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, N.Y. on November 7. The school will use the grant to purchase Apple MacBooks, additional lighting, and sound equipment to enhance the students’ performances. The MacBooks will be used for set designing, lighting design, and production.

“The Celebrate the Arts grant from Bob’s Discount furniture will allow us to provide more resources for our performing arts department and improve our students’ experiences,” said Gene Fennell, Holy Trinity principal. “We are so thankful to have won and are extremely excited to see the improvements this grant will bring.”

To celebrate the grant, Holy Trinity invited members of the Bob’s Discount furniture team to an assembly that included performances by five of its performing arts groups. The winning entry was submitted by Holy Trinity parent Frank DiLullo and was randomly selected from more than 3,600 entries submitted from across the 12 states where Bob’s Discount Furniture operates, including Illinois in anticipation of Chicago store openings in February 2016.

“The passion and love for the cultural arts that Holy Trinity's faculty brings to their students on a daily basis is both tangible and contagious. I can't think of any other school that is more deserving or will put the grant to better use,” said DiLullo. “My daughter was fortunate enough to participate in the school’s women's and mixed choirs for four years, and I’d like to thank Bob’s Discount Furniture for providing funds that will continue to allow students to have enriched experiences like my daughter did.”

Bob’s Discount Furniture developed the Celebrate the Arts contest in 2006 after noticing the elimination of fine arts and cultural programs in schools following budget cuts. The contest was created to support, maintain, and grow school arts programs in the communities that Bob’s serves. Since the contest’s inception, Bob’s Discount Furniture has donated more than half a million dollars to schools.

“In the 10 years of this program, we have awarded 42 schools Celebrate the Arts grants to support their fine arts programs and are thrilled to add Holy Trinity to that group,” said Cathy Poulin, Outreach director and spokeswoman for Bob’s Discount Furniture. “Cultural arts programs are an integral component to schools, and are too often the first to lose funding and resources.”

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 64 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 and proudly holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. 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.

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