MANCHESTER, Conn. – March 15, 2016 – Bob’s Discount Furniture, the leading furniture retailer dedicated to untouchable value, today announced it has expanded its partnership with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Over the past three years, Bob’s Discount Furniture has contributed $200,000 to Autism Speaks through sponsorships, Café Collections for a Cause, and gift card donations. This year the company has already pledged over $120,000 to the organization.
This year, Bob’s Discount Furniture will sponsor Autism Speaks’ signature fundraising event, Autism Speaks Walk, in eleven different cities. Bob’s employees will participate in each walk including Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Long Island, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. and four walks throughout New Jersey. In addition, Bob’s Discount Furniture will continue to donate funds to Autism Speaks through its Café Collections program, matching 100% of customer donations across all stores from April through June.
“We are extremely thankful for the generous support of Bob’s Discount Furniture,” said Peter Morton, Autism Speaks’ vice president of corporate development. “Their donations will support our ongoing progress in advancing scientific research, advocacy, awareness and family services.”
The partnership has gradually expanded over the last three years to include more walks, fundraising initiatives, and cities across the eastern seaboard. As Bob’s Discount Furniture grows into new markets, so does its commitment to Autism Speaks and chapters within those markets.
“We are proud to expand our partnership with Autism Speaks as we enter into new cities and states,” said Cathy Poulin, director of outreach at Bob’s Discount Furniture. “As such a worthy organization, we hope our support can make a difference in increasing awareness and funding research.”
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 69 furniture stores located throughout New England, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Illinois, 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 $2.5 million to charities through these programs each year. For more information on Bob’s charitable programs, visit http://www.bobscares.org/, and follow us on Twitter @MyBobs and @MyBobs_Charity and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyBobs.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $550 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year, Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.