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2017 Summer Skate Helps Families and Children Connect Through Fun Activities
(Avon, MA) – How many opportunities do you get in life to ice skate in July, especially when you live in New England? 60 families and 70 children are among those who can make such a claim thanks to a unique event hosted by Jordan’s Furniture. The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) brought together waiting children and waiting families on Sunday, July 23, at their Avon, MA store for the purpose of engaging, entertaining and helping to create connections which lead to adoptive placements.
“We are so thankful for our longstanding partnership with Jordan’s Furniture and for the opportunity to help match waiting children to waiting families, in such a fun-filled environment”, said Bridget Chiaruttini, Associate Director for MARE. Indeed, to even a casual observer there was an abundance of fun being shared by all. From ice skating to games, arts and crafts, board games, face painting, balloon animals, temporary tattoos, stilt walker, reindeer games, and rink games there was something for everyone. And that is the point of events such as this one. Helping to make low-pressure, fun-filled connections that lead to lasting relationships is at the heart of MARE’s community work.
Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO, has been committed to the cause of foster care adoption for a long time. “For almost 20 years now, we have utilized our stores for adoption events, due to the fun atmosphere and the high-level entertainment.” Tatelman says “The space allows kids and families to interact and get to know one another. In this day and age of technology, we still need “face time” to make the emotional connections when matches are made.” he concludes.
a baby shower for new military moms
Eliot announced the surprise gift – a new Tempur-Pedic mattress for each new mother!
Jordan's Furniture and Tempur-Pedic sponsored Operation Shower, a baby shower for military new moms whose husbands are overseas. The event, in partnership with the Red Sox Foundation, took place Thursday June 29th in the EMC Club at Fenway Park. Kelli Pedroia, wife of Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, hosted the special luncheon. "We all feel a shared duty to ensure that these women whose husbands are deployed feel cared for, loved, and celebrated as they await the arrival of their child," said Pedroia.
The new moms and their families enjoyed lunch, many raffles, a huge gift bag, and a special surprise…a free Queen Tempur-Pedic mattress for all new mothers! Eliot made the surprise announcement of the Tempur-Pedic mattress gift at the end of the baby shower.
BOSTON, M.A.—June 13, 2017—Starting today and running through August 13, all Jordan’s Furniture store locations will collect donations of new and gently used clothing and shoes for children ages birth to twelve years old in support of Cradles to Crayons®’ Ready for School program. This marks the 11th year of Cradles to Crayons’ school preparedness program, which provides local Massachusetts homeless and low-income children with the essential back-to-school supplies and clothing needed to start the year prepared and excited to learn. To kick-off the collection, Jordan’s Furniture in Reading MA will host a Stuff-A-Truck event on Saturday, June 24 from 10am to 12pm. Customers and supporters are urged to bring donations to the store during the event. The Cradles to Crayons/Jordan’s Furniture partnership, now in its sixth year, has supported 12,435 children to date.
“We are so proud to continue our partnership with Cradles to Crayons and to support their Ready for School program,” said Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO. “I remember my first days of school and all of the memories of each one. It is so important for every child to feel worthy. By working with the team at Cradles to Crayons, we hope to do our part in helping area children get ready for school and be prepared to learn. Through the generosity of our wonderful customers, we know that our donation drives have made an impact during the last five years. We hope for the same success this year.”
Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002 with the mission of providing children from birth to age twelve with the clothes, toys, school supplies, shoes, and other essentials they need to thrive. The organization provides these items free of charge by working through a network of Service Partners like City Connects, Self Help, Boston Public School District, and others to distribute customized KidPacks, containing a week’s worth of clothing and critical items. Cradles to Crayons is a trusted resource to families in need, to the partners who serve those families, and to families, corporations, and individuals looking for ways to make tangible differences in their own communities. Ready for School will serve 70,000 children this year between June 1 and September 30.
“Jordan’s Furniture has been an invaluable supporter of our Ready for School program for the past five years. Their efforts will ensure that thousands of children enter the classroom with clothing they can be proud of and the confidence and excitement that come with feeling prepared. We thank Jordan’s Furniture for spreading awareness and bringing community members together to give back in a meaningful way,” said Cradles to Crayons Founder and CEO, Lynn Margherio. “On behalf of the kids we serve, we would like to thank Jordan’s for their continued dedication to supporting local children in need.”
The two-month donation drive— through August 13—takes place at all store locations in Avon, MA; Reading, MA; Natick, MA; Nashua, NH; New Haven, CT; and Warwick, RI; along with the Jordan’s Distribution Center in East Taunton, MA and strives to provide every child with essentials of the highest quality. Accepted clothing donations (pants, shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. and NEW pajamas, socks, and undergarments) should be like-new or new, with no rips, stains, or tears in Youth sizes 0 to 18/20 and Adult sizes Small and Medium. Shoe donations include sneakers, school shoes, and boots in sizes infant to adult 10.
About Jordan’s Furniture
Jordan’s Furniture is a 6-store retail company that is known for combining entertainment with shopping, creating a customer experience like no other. There are stores in Reading, MA, Natick, MA, Avon, MA, Nashua, NH, Warwick, RI, and New Haven, CT. Each one has its own unique brand of entertainment: IMAX Theaters, indoor adventure ropes courses, laser water shows, an iconic holiday “village,” a city made of jellybeans, full-service restaurants and more. The company is also known for incorporating philanthropy into its business model, with donation programs running year-round that benefit local and regional charities. Jordan’s Furniture, originally a family owned and operated company, is owned by Berkshire Hathaway.
About Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons is a national nonprofit organization with locations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play. Cradles to Crayons supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need, collecting new and like-new children’s items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are processed and packaged by volunteers at warehouses called “Giving Factories” and are distributed to children through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners. For more information, visit www.cradlestocrayons.org.
Helps Local Children Find Adoptive Homes
Taunton, MA - Jordan’s Furniture hosted the 8th Annual WalkRun for Adoption on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at its Taunton facility. The event benefited the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) in its ongoing mission to find adoptive homes for children and teens waiting in foster care. Over 500 guests participated in the event and raised $80,805 to help find permanent homes for children and youth living in state care. The participants attended to walk, run, and celebrate foster care adoption. Many of the guests were adoptive families and social workers. The event included a 5K run and walk, light lunch, and a Post-Walk Party with music, raffles, and children’s activities.
MARE focuses on children in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) who cannot be reunited with their birth families, including those who are considered more difficult to place – teens, sibling groups, and children with emotional, physical, and intellectual challenges. These children are in need of adoptive families and a place to call home. MARE’s programs recruit families and adults who are interested in adoption from foster care. Nationwide, there are over 112,000 children waiting in foster care, in need of adoption. In Massachusetts, nearly 2,800 children currently in foster care have the goal of adoption, and more than 800 of those children have no relative or other potential adopter. Older, school-aged children, sibling groups, children of color and/or children with special needs tend to wait the longest for families.
Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, greeted the WalkRun guests and kicked off the festivities under a balloon arch at the starting line. ”I look forward to the WalkRun each year, when I am able to meet so many wonderful families! Many of them I have already met at one of Jordan’s adoption events, before they were united as a family. I am proud that Jordan’s has been a partner with MARE for 19 years and that we have helped make permanent, loving homes a reality for so many great kids.”
The family-friendly event kicked off at 10:00 am on May 21st with a 5K race followed by an after party filled with food, music, and activities including kids’ fun races, face painting, balloon artistry, arts and crafts, and a parkour challenge.
“We are so grateful for our relationship with Jordan’s Furniture, along with the support of many groups and donors who participate in this event”, said MARE’s Executive Director Lisa Funaro. “With Jordan’s generosity and assistance, we are able to continue in our 60-year mission to place children and teens from foster care into loving adoptive homes.”
To learn about adoption from foster care, contact MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (542-3678) or visit www.MAREinc.org.
In partnership the Broadway show “Annie”, Jordan’s Furniture continues its support of the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and adoption from foster care. On-air announcements ran on channel 7, starring Jordan’s President and CEO Eliot Tatelman, urging viewers who have thought about adoption of an older child or sibling group to contact MARE. “Annie” the Musical had a special performance on Friday May 12th at the Boch Wang Theater in Boston, celebrating the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and adoptive families. Invited families enjoyed a pre-show Meet & Greet with the cast and Eliot introduced the 7pm performance on stage, acknowledging the families and promoting foster care adoption.
Everyone knows the story of the character Annie in the Broadway show, where she looks for a loving home and family. However, there are over 600 children right here in Massachusetts who are also looking for a loving home. If you have ever considered adoption, please visit MAREINC.org and help make the sun come out tomorrow for some great kids!
Donated equipment delivered to Fenway Park for The Red Sox Foundation
TAUNTON, Mass. – Jordan’s Furniture delivered a truck full of baseball and softball equipment to Fenway Park for the Red Sox Foundation’s inner city youth baseball program. Over 25 boxes the size of living room recliners were filled with donated equipment.
Through their Double Play Youth Donation Program, Jordan’s Furniture collected like-new, clean baseball and softball equipment at all store locations to donate to the Red Sox Foundation’s RBI youth baseball league teams.
"In this day and age of pay-to-play, there are thousands of kids that just cannot afford to play sports," said Eliot Tatelman of Jordan’s Furniture. "We think that every youth should be able to enjoy America’s favorite pastime, so we created the Double Play Youth Donation Program. And with the help of the Red Sox Foundation, we are able to reach a lot of inner-city kids in our area."
"We are grateful to partner with community champion Jordan’s Furniture on this terrific equipment drive," said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson. "Through the collection of gently-used equipment, Jordan’s is making summer games possible for many disadvantaged kids."
This is the seventh year that Jordan’s has run the charitable collection program. To see all of Jordan’s charitable programs, visit www.jordans.com.
Over 225 youth earn diplomas and are honored at the 2017 Youth Achievement Celebration 15th year of partnership
Reading, MA – On Sunday, May 7th from 7pm to 9pm, Jordan’s Furniture celebrated youth in foster care who graduated from the Class of 2017. The statewide event took place at the Jordan’s store in Reading, MA. It was hosted by Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO, and DCF Commissioner Linda Spears. The evening included food, entertainment, and an awards program that acknowledged the academic achievements of the graduates. During the program in the IMAX Theater, guests saw a video that highlighted many of the honored youth, heard from guest speakers with inspirational messages and received gifts. Each honored youth received an Adidas sports bag, a Red Sox long-sleeve tee-shirt, a Target store gift card, and IMAX Theater tickets, along with a “certificate of accomplishment”. Guests came from across the Commonwealth to attend. Two full-size buses brought youth from the Western part of the state.
This year marked the 15th anniversary of the annual event, hosted and underwritten by Jordan’s Furniture. Eliot Tatelman and Jordan's Furniture have been sponsoring this achievement celebration for foster youth since 2002, when over 75 celebrants were invited to the IMAX Theater in Natick. In 2007, the event grew and youth from across the state joined in the celebration. The event is now held in Reading to accommodate the number of youth, their foster parents, siblings, and social workers who gather to celebrate their academic achievements each May. Over 225 graduates attended the May 7th event. “This is our 15th year hosting this special event. Each year, it gets bigger and bigger”, says Tatelman. “We are thrilled to continue the tradition of honoring the youth. It is important to acknowledge the academic achievements of these great kids, many who have made it through some adverse conditions”, he says. “It is our way to show our support for them.”
DCF Commissioner Linda Spears was also in attendance. “I am so proud of all of our graduates who have pushed through some very difficult times to finish their education,” said the Commissioner. “Being able to celebrate with peers and the foster parents and social workers who support them in reaching their goals is very special. DCF is grateful to Eliot and his team for their commitment to this wonderful event year after year.”
The evening concluded with a private screening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in IMAX 3D for the honored youth and their families.
Event raised over $400,000
Jordan’s Furniture was a primary sponsor in the 2017 Hasbro Children’s Hospital Radiothon that took place on site at the hospital on Thursday April 6th, in partnership with Cumulus Radio. It raised $403,583! There were live broadcasts by radio stations 630 WPRO, 92 PRO FM, Lite Rock 105, and Hot 106. The stations shared stories of children who have been patients at the hospital. They also collected donations from listeners, all benefiting the programs and services of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Eliot interviewed on all stations, voicing the importance of the event. In addition to the sponsorship, Jordan’s donated the furniture for the Family Sitting Area, where families of the hospital could relax between on-air interviews. One lucky family got to take the furniture home with them! Jordan’s Furniture was proud to be a part of this exciting event and happy to support such a worthy cause, benefiting the local children and families of Rhode Island.
Distribution event at Simmons College in Boston
Customers visiting Jordan’s Furniture stores over the past few months brought not only their desire to shop for furniture but they also brought like-new prom dresses, as part of the Belle of the Ball prom dress collection drive that Jordan’s sponsors every year. The gowns and cocktail dresses were collected throughout February and March at all Jordan’s locations. The result was a whopping 3,446 gowns and cocktail dresses that Jordan’s contributed to the program. “We have been a primary sponsor of the Belle of the Ball Program for many years,” said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “To attend the Belle Boutique and meet many of the girls who receive the dresses is very rewarding. They literally shine!”
All donated prom dresses are cleaned free of charge by Antons Cleaners, the MA-based company that founded and runs the Belle of the Ball Program. The distribution event, called the Belle of the Ball Boutique, was held at Simmons College on Saturday April 8th where over 700 teens gathered to try on dresses, shoes, and jewelry to be worn at their upcoming prom. The Belle of the Ball is sponsored by Jordan’s Furniture, Antons Cleaners, and Enterprise Bank.
Jordan’s Furniture in Reading MA was the host site for The 2017 Reading-North Reading Chamber’s Annual Meeting with Governor Charlie Baker as the keynote speaker on Thursday, March 30th from 7:00 – 9:00 AM at the IMAX Theater. The event was open to the public and started with a continental networking breakfast in the IMAX Lobby, followed by a program in the IMAX Theater. Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s, kicked off the festivities with a “welcome” and opening remarks. As Keynote Speaker, Governor Baker then provided an update on the Commonwealth and provided insights into the evolution of healthcare under the new administration, along with his re-structuring of the Department of Children & Families (DCF). He commended Jordan’s on their support of the children in foster care and their efforts in finding permanent, adoptive homes for them. The morning concluded with photos with the Governor and Eliot.
The Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce has over 250 members and provides them with networking, educational and promotional opportunities.
(Photos courtesy of Peg Raciti Photography)
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.