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Baseball equipment for inner-city youth
In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation
Taunton, MA – There may be snow on the ground and cold temperatures in the air but it’s time to think baseball! Specifically youth baseball. Jordan’s Furniture is proud to announce the launch of their 2017 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, a project that will supply like-new baseball/softball equipment to inner-city youth for the upcoming season. In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation’s Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities (RBI) Program, equipment will be distributed to over 2,000 inner-city youth.
Running through April 2nd, equipment donations can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture location in MA, RI, or NH, including their Taunton Distribution Center. All donations must be in like-new, clean condition. Equipment includes bats (metal only), catcher’s equipment, gloves, cleats (metal and plastic), baseballs (new), and softballs (new).
“This is the seventh year that we are running our youth baseball donation program because we have seen in past seasons that the equipment gets directly in the hands of kids who need it”, said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “In this day and age of pay-to-play, there are thousands of kids that just cannot afford to play sports. We are excited to, again, team up with the Red Sox Foundation…the perfect partner!”.
“We are grateful to partner with community champion Jordan’s Furniture on this terrific equipment drive for the seventh year,” said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson. “Through the collection of gently used equipment, Jordan’s is making summer games possible for many kids in RBI and in our community.”
Runs through April 1, 2017
Returning partners include Jordan’s Furniture, Antons Cleaners, and Enterprise Bank. Media partners include FOX25, The Bull 101.7, Kiss 108 FM, JAM’N 94.5, and Wicked Local.
Prom season is one of the biggest life events for high school girls, but for students with limited financial resources, prom season can be a source of tremendous stress. Red carpet media coverage and peer pressure over social media can turn prom season into panic. For the 13th year, Caring Partners’ “Belle of the Ball” prom dress drive transforms high school junior and senior girls through the generosity of donors, sponsors and volunteers, all true Caring Partners helping any girl who needs a prom dress due to financial constraints.
Starting February 6, 2017 and running through April 1, simply drop off your gently worn prom dress to any Jordan’s Furniture, Antons Cleaners or Enterprise Bank location. All good quality, gently worn or new prom dresses and like-new special occasion purses are welcome. Anton’s Cleaners then cleans the donated prom dresses at no charge, and distributes to high school junior and senior girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their school’s prom. Monetary and in-kind donations are also welcome to cover jewelry, makeup and other accessories and prom-related services; visit antons.com/belle to make a financial donation. Caring Partners, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
In MA, the program culminates in a day-long “boutique” where deserving girls are invited for a day of personal shopping and pampering – a powerful personal experience. Last year, over nearly 500 girls enjoyed Boutique Day hosted by Simmons College, with dresses displayed in a variety of colors, styles and sizes displayed, all free of charge. In CT, the dresses are distributed via Project Hope and their “Say Yes To The Prom Dress” Program.
According to corporate partner Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, “We are happy to continue our support of Belle of the Ball, and invite our generous customers to bring their dresses and gowns to any one of our stores, and be part of this wonderful program. Attending Belle of the Ball is a highlight for me, as I look forward to seeing these girls’ magical transformations, and huge smiles, each season.” As a Corporate Sponsor of the program, Jordan’s Furniture promotes Belle of the Ball through radio public service announcements, store posters, email blasts, on their website and through social media.
“Belle of the Ball ensures no girl who needs a prom dress goes without one,” said Arthur Anton Jr., COO, Anton’s Cleaners and a founder of Belle of the Ball. “Every high school girl should have the experience of feeling beautiful, inside and out, at their prom. We couldn’t make these dreams come true without a legion of corporate partners, dress donors, and a giant team of loyal volunteers and supporters.”
Over the years, participants of Belle of the Ball have reflected that it was a wonderful experience not because of how they looked in their dress, but because of the positive change in the way they felt about themselves.
Last year, Belle of the Ball collected 6,789 dresses as well as thousands of shoes, purses and makeup items from more than 1,000 individuals from local corporations, nonprofits, retailers, media partners and volunteers. To date, more than 3,500 girls have been outfitted since Belle of the Ball began in 2005.
For more information about Caring Partners’ Belle of the Ball, visit antons.com/belle.
Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. (CDBi) held a team-oriented, no-experience-necessary sporting event for the New Haven community on Saturday January 21, 2017 at Jordan’s Furniture Long Wharf, New Haven. The Indoor Rowing Relay & Raffle took place from 7:30am to 10am in the “It Adventure Ropes Course” area. CDBHi is a close neighbor of Jordan’s, located about one mile from the future home of the Canal Dock Boathouse on Long Wharf Drive. The Indoor Rowing Relay featured friendly competition among 30 teams organized & sponsored by local companies, community organizations and New Haven schools. Using indoor rowing machines, teams of five (5) participants each raced in relay format. In addition, the races were projected live onto the large wall behind the Water Show fountain in the ropes course area, creating fun for spectators as well.
Awards were presented to the fastest female, male & mixed rowing teams, and other prizes from kayaks to paddle-boards, and gift-certificates to Olympic pin collections, were drawn in the raffle at the conclusion of the event. Also notable, two-time Olympic oarsman and bronze medal winner Charlie Cole, of New Canaan, CT, made an appearance with his medal from the London Olympics in 2012.
Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. (CDBi) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in New Haven. They operate a community-oriented, waterfront center to support programming of nonmotorized boating activities, as well as environmental education programs through a partnership with the University of New Haven. For more information about CDBi, please visit: http://www.canaldock.org or http://www.facebook.com/CanalDock.
Customers donate to “Coats For Kids”, helping area families in-need
Serving as collection points from October through December 2016, all Jordan’s Furniture locations accepted like-new, gently-used winter coats for all ages, as a Corporate Partner and Sponsor of Antons Cleaners’ Coats For Kids Program. Through the generosity of Jordan’s customers, over 6,500 warm winter garments were dropped off during the 3-month collection period. All coats were cleaned free of charge by Antons Cleaners. The donations will be distributed to area families in-need by partners such as The Salvation Army, Mass Coalition for the Homeless, Children’s Friend, MSPCC, Rosie’s Place, Room To Grow, New Reach Inc. and many others, including social service agencies in MA, NH, RI, and CT.
Jordan’s Furniture has been a proud sponsor and partner with Coats For Kids for many years. A radio public-service-campaign aired throughout the market, voiced by Jordan’s President and CEO Eliot Tatelman. To help further publicize the program, Jordan’s displayed posters in all stores, included information on the company’s website, posted messages on social media, and deployed email blasts. “It has always been important for us to give back to the community,” says Tatelman. “By offering our stores as drop-off locations for donations was a no-brainer. Antons Cleaners does a wonderful job with this program and we are proud that our involvement helps to drive thousands and thousands of coats for families right in our neighborhoods.”
Jordan’s also provided many of the prizes for Coats For Kids School Rewards, including a $1200 donation toward after-school or sports programs to the school that collected the most number of coats. Tickets to Jordan’s Sunbrella IMAX Theaters were also donated to winning schools.
The mission of Coats for Kids is simple, “Anyone who needs a coat will have one.” Since the program’s conception by Antons in 1995, nearly 80,000 coats have been collected and distributed. Coats For Kids is a Caring Partners program and is sponsored by Jordan’s Furniture, Antons Cleaners, and Enterprise Bank.