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Jordan's hosts holiday breakfast for area kids, in partnership with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation
December 27,2001 JORDAN'S FURNITURE AND MARK WAHLBERG HOST AREA BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS Jordan's hosts a holiday breakfast for area kids of The Boys & Girls Clubs, in partnership with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. On Sunday morning, December 23, 2001 in their Natick location, Jordan's Furniture hosted a holiday event for over 150 area children of The Boys & Girls Clubs. The event was in partnership with the newly-founded Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. Hollywood hunk Mark Wahlberg and local favorite Eliot Tatelman from Jordan's were on hand for autographs and photos.
"We get such a charge out of seeing all of these wonderful kids having a great time", says Eliot, Jordan's Furniture President. "If events like this help to make the holiday brighter for them all, then it's worth it. It's why we do it."
The Boys & Girls Clubs that participated were from Dorchester, Framingham, and Plymouth. Children from Brockton's St. Edwards School were also invited. The guests enjoyed breakfast, courtesy of Krispy Kreme, arts & crafts, the Jordan's Mardi Gras FX show, a magician, and an appearance by the man in red himself, Santa Claus. All children received a gift consisting of a knapsack, a Discman, CD's, and clothes. Smiles were abound and the event made for a brighter holiday for many area children.
Jordan's Furniture regularly hosts charity events, on Sundays, during non-operational hours as a way of giving back to the community.
In Furniture Magazine awards Jordan's Furniture/Natick store as top in the country
December 27,2001 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Heather Copelas/Jordan's Furniture 508-580-4600 x1155 JORDAN'S FURNITURE WINS NATIONAL "BEST STORE IN THE BIZ" Industry leader In Furniture magazine awards Jordan's Furniture/Natick store as top store in the country. In Furniture , a magazine leader in the furniture industry, recognized Jordan's Furniture's Natick store as the "Best Store In The Biz". The magazine staff visited dozens of stores nationally and talked with industry insiders for their recommendations.
The Jordan's ingredients that they liked were (1) the New Orleans-style theme, (2) the sensible style with theatrical authority, (3) the fact that to shop there is an enjoyable experience, not a chore, and (4) the fact that IMAX is coming soon.
In Furniture was also impressed with the customer-friendly attitudes, can't-get-lost floorplans, broad offerings of furniture, and logical organizations of showroom by category.
"We are thrilled to receive this honor", says Jordan's President Eliot Tatelman. "We pride ourselves in creating an entire experience for our customers." Company CEO Barry Tatelman adds, "The showrooms need to be user-friendly and the stores need to be fun. However, equally important is backing up the entire experience with great customer service through employees with great attitudes."
The December 2001 issue of In Furniture highlights the story, both on the cover and inside.
Due to work in adoption, Eliot and Barry recognized by Governor Swift
November 30,2001 JORDAN'S RECEIVES PROCLAMATION FROM THE GOVERNOR Due to work in adoption, Eliot and Barry recognized by Governor Swift On Thursday afternoon November 29th in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House, Eliot and Barry Tatelman from Jordan's Furniture received a proclamation from Governor Jane Swift. She recognized the area businessmen for their dedication and commitment toward the cause of adoption. The ceremony was in celebration of National Adoption Month (November).
"We are surprised and thrilled", say Barry, Jordan's CEO. "Our priority is to find as many permanent homes as possible for some special children", "To be recognized at this level is greatly appreciated", adds Eliot. "It is not why we do the work but we are honored to be given the proclamation."
Jordan's began their partnership with Mass Adoption Resource Exchange over three years ago. During the three years, there have been events created for area foster children, for families interested in adoption, and for social workers, all in the hopes of helping the cause.
Both brothers say that they are willing to try new ideas and do what they can to help better the system. By improving the system, they hope that adoptions can be processed more quickly and more frequently. They realize that everyone involved in the system have very challenging jobs.
Since Jordan's partnership in 1998, there are some impressive numbers that have resulted: over 90 foster children have been placed in permanent homes and over 1300 phone calls have been generated, due to the Jordan's initiative with MARE. Jordan's looks forward to continuing their partnership with the organization and their dedication toward adoption.
The US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recognized 14 remarkable individuals and organizations for their dedication toward the cause of adoption. Local (Boston-area) retail brothers Eliot and Barry Tatelman from Jordan's Furniture were awarded in the category of "Public Awareness".
Jordan's Furniture began their work and support of adoption three years ago through Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE). Due to recruitment events, on-air media campaigns, financial support, and system work with social workers, permanent homes have been found for foster children. System barriers have also been broken down. The brothers challenged the communication and geographical barriers that existed within the foster-care system to help expedite the adoption process within the state.
"The reason why we got involved in adoption was to find permanent homes for some great kids," says Barry Tatelman, CEO of Jordan's Furniture. "It is easy to get bogged down with policies and procedures. We try to keep the big picture in mind, which is to find permanent placement for waiting children."
Eliot Tatelman, Barry's brother and President of Jordan's, adds "It is an honor to win this award. The work that we do with MARE is something we feel we should be doing, as a strong business leader in our community. To know that matches have been made through our efforts is gratifying."
Because of the aformentioned events and support, the Jordan's Furniture Initiative has resulted in positive changes in the state's adoption system and has, therefore, been a conduit toward finding permanent homes for some very special children. Jordan's Furniture and Eliot and Barry look forward to continuing their support of adoption.
A 5th Location Planned
Avon, MA -- Jordan's Furniture is expanding and plans for a fifth location have begun. The site is a 33.5-acre plot off of route 128 in Reading, MA. Because of the site topography, it will be a 2-story structure with Jordan's Furniture located above a Home Depot. Jordan's will have it's own ground-level entrance and parking lot. The 150,000 square-foot new Jordan's store will include a huge showroom, a warehouse, a 300-seat, state-of-the-art 3-D IMAX Theater, and a restaurant.
Brothers Eliot and Barry are excited about the new addition to the Jordan's family. With 4 stores currently operating in Avon, Natick, Nashua NH, and Waltham, they look forward to expanding into the North Shore.
"We are excited about the site", says Barry. "The exposure and accessibility is great." "Becoming part of the North Shore community is also important to us and we look forward to becoming a neighbor", adds Eliot.
Educational programs tied into IMAX films will be offered to area schools for field trips. Jordan's Furniture is known for not only being philanthropic, but also for combining shopping and entertainment, aka "shoppertainment". The new Reading location will not disappoint and is slated to open sometime in 2003.
Brothers Eliot and Barry Promote Children's Charity Through Partnership
Avon, MA -- Jordan's Furniture proudly sponsored the hit theater show Mamma Mia during it's run in Boston. It was a show about finding family and that's just what Jordan's wanted to do.
Together with Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Jordan's created displays that were placed throughout the theater. The displays provided information about adoption. The mission was to find great homes for some great kids.
"Our goal was to get kids adopted. There are hundreds of foster children within the state that are ready for adoption today." says Barry, one of the 2 leaders of Jordan's. His brother Eliot adds, "There were thousands of eyes going to see this fabulous show. They were also viewing our displays. We have high hopes that matches between families and children were made because of the exposure through the theater displays."
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) is a private, non-profit organization that recruits, educates and supports families through the adoption process. They exist to find homes for special need children, sibling groups, and children who are traditionally hard to place. Jordan's Furniture has been a major supporter and partner of MARE for several years, hosting adoption recruitment events at their stores and contributing to their services.
"Our sponsorship with Mamma Mia was a great opportunity. It involved great people seeing a great show and, hopefully, found homes for some great kids." Barry concludes.
Jordan's Partners with Mass Adoption Resource Exchange to Find Homes for Children
Avon, MA -- What's better than a home run at Fenway Park? How about a "Home Run for Kids and Families" at Fenway Park? Jordan's Furniture and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) hosted the first-ever adoption recruitment event at Fenway Park on Saturday, September 8 2001, from 10am to 1pm.
"We are excited to be able to create a fun-filled event at the Park for some great kids while, at the same time, promoting the issue of adoption." said Eliot. "Our goal was to find permanent homes for some very special children. Through a partnership with the Red Sox, we were excited to use Fenway Park as the event venue. It was such a thrill for the kids to be on the field and have their pictures taken." adds Barry.
Over 1000 ticketed guests enjoyed a morning of informational adoption sessions, entertainment, interaction with social workers, and meeting children. The children had the opportunity to be at home plate with Eliot, Barry, and hometown favorite Mark Wahlberg for photos. They also traded baseball cards, enjoyed wandering entertainers, and ate original Fenway franks.
"We are confident that matches were made today here at Fenway Park", says Eliot. "It's about getting the right people talking together and communicating."
Jordan's Furniture has been a strong supporter of MARE. Through different projects and ventures, the company has promoted the cause of adoption. From photo-listings in store locations to recruitment events, this community outreach has resulted in finding permanent homes to many area children. Jordan's plans to continue their support of adoption through unique and effective initiatives.
J-Team Spirit Shines Through American Red Cross Donation
At an employee-appreciation event on September 16, 2001, an announcement was made by co-leaders Eliot and Barry that Jordan's would be collecting employee donations to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. But there was more-not only would Jordan's match the employee donations, Eliot and Barry would also match it. This double matching translated into a final donation of $ 62,847 to the American Red Cross.
"It was the J-Team's idea. We went on their lead," said Eliot. "Their generosity and attitude encouraged us to match their contribution."
"It was the least we could due in light of the tragic situation", commented Barry.
Mark Robinson, Chief Operating Officer of the Mass Bay American Red Cross office visited the Jordan's Furniture/Avon location to accept the donation personally from Eliot, Barry and the J-Team.
"The outpouring of support from this company, it's employees, management, Eliot and Barry is truly a generous gift," said Robinson. "The support will help sustain the American Red Cross' ability to help the many families impacted by the events of September 11th," he concluded.
Avon, MA -- Jordan's Furniture brothers announce a partnership with mega-screen IMAX Corporation. The first theater is slated to open in Spring 2002 in the Natick store. The theater is currently under construction.
Jordan's/IMAX screens to follow are in Avon (re-vamping the current Motion Odyssey Movie or M.O.M. experience) and the new North Shore location in Reading, MA.
The first Jordan's/Imax Theater in Natick will be an 8-story screen, 262 seat, 3-D theatre and will feature both entertaining and educational films, films like "Michael Jordan To The Max", "Everest", "Fantasia 2000", "Titanica", "T-Rex" and many more.
In addition to entertaining Jordan's customers, schools will have the opportunity to partake in educational programs that tie into specific IMAX films and will be invited to take field trips to the store. Community organizations and non-profit groups will also be able to use the theater for fundraisers, much like Jordan's currently offers on Bourbon Street.
Jordan's Furniture is excited about this new venture. It will be a big part of their philosophy and a big part of their customers' experience.