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August 03, 2009 14:10 ET

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

Flint-Saginaw-Bay City Area Charities Announced at Reception This Afternoon

FLINT, 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 Tri-Cities area who will receive these grants during a reception this afternoon at the Art Van Furniture store in Flint, Michigan. This was the second 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 Flint-Saginaw-Bay City area grant winners are: Child Abuse Prevention Council of Shiawassee County; City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, Inc.; CORY Place, Inc.; Hurley Foundation; and Partnership Center. Other recipients are being announced at receptions in Warren, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Lansing during a 50 hour tour of the State.

The Flint press conference was second of the five press conferences across the state. There will be three additional press conferences: 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

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