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Art Van Furniture

August 04, 2009 14:38 ET

Northern Michigan Alert: Art Van Furniture Awards $1 Million to 50 Charities in 50 Hours

Northern Michigan Charities Announced at Reception This Afternoon

TRAVERSE CITY, MI--(Marketwire - August 4, 2009) - It's been a Marathon two days and today's dash continued with a morning plane ride to Grand Rapids to announce West Michigan charity recipients of The Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge. Following the announcement and presentations to winning charities by Art Van Furniture Founder and Chairman, Art Van Elslander, The Art Van Million Dollar Challenge Team boarded a plane to Traverse City.

Yesterday, worthy recipient charities were awarded checks at a morning press conference held at Art Van's Warren location. Then the challenge took to the road, with Art Van Founder and Chairman, Art Van Elslander, presenting checks to Flint and Saginaw area charities in an afternoon press conference. Tomorrow's stop: Lansing.

It's all part of Art Van Furniture's 50th Anniversary. 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.

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 Northern Michigan who will receive these grants during a reception this afternoon at the Art Van Furniture store in Traverse City, Michigan. This was the fourth 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 Northern Michigan grant winners are: Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan; Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation; Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation; and Women's Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area. Other recipients are being announced at receptions in Warren, Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing during a 50 hour tour of the State.

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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