SOURCE: Art Van Furniture

Art Van Furniture

August 03, 2009 12:22 ET

Art Van Furniture Awards $1 Million to 50 Charities in 50 Hours

Metro Detroit Area Charities Announced at Reception This Morning

WARREN, MI--(Marketwire - August 3, 2009) - Do the math: 500 Miles, 50 Hours, 50 Charities and $1 Million. It all adds up to an exciting celebration of Art Van Furniture's 50th Anniversary, dubbed the "Million Dollar Charity Challenge." From its first store in 1959 to its 30 stores and over 2,500 employees today, Art Van Furniture continues its long tradition of giving back to the communities of Michigan.

Chairman and Founder Art Van Elslander announced the organizations from the Metro Detroit area who will receive these grants during a reception this morning at the Art Van Furniture store in Warren, Michigan. This was the first of five events around the State, where selected charities are awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 each. The organizations are Michigan-based 501(c)3 non-profits who focus on children, health and human services programs.

"If you're fortunate enough to be as successful as we have been, then I believe it is your responsibility to give back," said Mr. Van Elslander, "The Million Dollar Charity Challenge will benefit 50 remarkable and deserving organizations to help them continue their outstanding work and improve the lives of people across our state. We designed these grants as challenge gifts in order to encourage others to donate and maximize fundraising opportunities."

The Metro Detroit area grant winners are:

Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan
Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Oakland County
Dawn Farm
Families Against Narcotics
Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry
For The Kids Foundation
Forgotten Harvest
Friendship Circle
Judson Center, Inc.
North Oakland SCAMP Funding Corporation
Northeast Guidance Center
Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit
Penrickton Center for Blind Children
Reaching Higher
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Special Dreams Farm
Starfish Family Services
The ALS Association, Michigan Chapter
The Rainbow Connection
The Restore Foundation
Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Detroit (UCP/Detroit)
Variety, The Children's Charity
Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan

The second of the five press conferences across the state will be taking place today, August 3rd at 1:00 p.m. in Flint. The Flint press conference will be followed by a press conference in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:00 a.m.; Traverse City on Tuesday, August 4 at 1:00 p.m.; Lansing on Wednesday, August 5 at 10:00 a.m. To attend press conferences, please RSVP to Diane Charles at 586-983-3022 or via email to

About Art Van Furniture

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Art Van Furniture is Michigan's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer, operating 30 stores in 29 communities throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce website plus a new freestanding bedding store in Canton Michigan, 'Art Van Pure Sleep.' The company was recently named "2009 Furniture Retailer of the Year" by Furniture Today. The company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan.

For more information, visit Photos and artwork are available for download at:, Username: artvan, Password: press.

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