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Over 225 youth in attendance and are honored at the 2018 Youth Achievement Celebration
SPECIAL GUESTS – GOVERNOR BAKER AND MRS. BAKER
Reading, MA – on Sunday May 6th from 7pm to 9pm, Jordan's Furniture celebrated youth in foster care who graduated from the Class of 2018. Special guests included the Governor and Mrs. Baker.
The statewide event took place tonight at the Jordan's store in Reading, MA. It was hosted by Department of Children & Families Commissioner Linda Spears and featured special guests Governor Baker and his wife. The evening included food, entertainment, and an awards program to acknowledge the academic achievements of the graduates. During the program in the IMAX Theater, guests enjoyed a video highlighting many of the honored youth, heard from guest speakers and received gifts. During his speech, Governor Baker said that the youth inspired him because of the many challenges that they had to overcome to get to where they were today. At the end of the program, each honored youth received a sports bag, a Red Sox shirt, a Target store gift card, and IMAX Theater tickets. Guests came from across the Commonwealth to attend. Two full-size buses brought youth from the Western part of the state.
Eliot Tatelman and Jordan's Furniture have been sponsoring this achievement celebration for foster youth since 2002, when 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 at the Jordan's store 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 500 guests, including 225 graduates, attended the May 6th event. "This is our 16th 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 also attended. "The staff at the Department of Children & Families is extremely proud of the graduates and inspired by their resilience and determination to achieve their educational goals," the Commissioner said. "Being able to celebrate as a group, with the social workers and foster parents who support them day in and day out, means so much to the kids. Eliot and his team at Jordan's Furniture leave no detail unattended and DCF is so grateful for their commitment to this event every year."
The evening concluded with a private screening of the newly released Avengers: Infinity War in IMAX 3D for the honored youth and their families.
New Haven, CT – a Jordan's Furniture van filled with like-new and new youth baseball equipment pulled up in front of the New Haven YMCA Youth Center on Wednesday May 2nd to make a very special delivery – equipment for the kids so that they could play ball this summer. The equipment was courtesy of Jordan's Furniture and their 2018 CT Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program. During the past several months, Jordan's customers were asked to drop off donations at the New Haven Long Wharf location. Through the generosity of local customers, along with the purchase of some new equipment by Jordan's, boxes and boxes of youth equipment were delivered to the New Haven YMCA Youth Center just in time for the upcoming season. "Thanks to the equipment donated from the Jordan's Furniture Double Play Youth Baseball Program, New Haven children who may have not been able to play baseball, now can. We are so excited!", said New Haven YMCA Youth Center District Executive Director Emily Jackson. "The New Haven YMCA Youth Center will also be able to offer a Summer youth baseball program, too, because of the donation". Jordan's Furniture is happy to supply the equipment and proud to support the programs and services of the New Haven YMCA Youth Center.
New Haven CT – Customers entering Jordan's Furniture in New Haven for the past few months brought not only their desire to shop for furniture but they also brought like-new prom dresses, to donate to Project Hope CT's "Say Yes to the Prom Dress" Boutique. As part of the Belle of the Ball prom dress collection drive that Jordan's sponsors every year, gently-used gowns and cocktail dresses were collected throughout February and March, to be distributed to girls in-need within the Greater New Haven community. "Jordan's has been part of the Belle of the Ball Program in MA for many years," said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan's Furniture. "Since we now have a store in New Haven, we wanted to be able to give back to this community, too, so we partnered with Project Hope CT. They are our Distribution Partner within Connecticut for the dresses, so that young girls right here in our neighborhood will be able to attend the prom." All donated prom dresses are cleaned free of charge by Antons Cleaners, the MA-based company who founded the Belle of the Ball Program.
The 350 dresses were delivered to Project Hope CT on Friday April 13th to their "Say Yes To The Prom Dress Boutique" in downtown New Haven CT. Qualified teens will receive a prom dress free of charge. For more information about Project Hope, visit ProjectHopeCT@gmail.com | Phone: 203-936-9510. For more information about Jordan's Furniture and their Community Outreach, visit Jordans.com/about-us/charities.
Jordan's sponsors and collect over 3,700 dresses for the program.
Hundreds and hundreds of girls attended the 2018 Belle of the Ball Boutique at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on April 7th, in preparation for that all-important high school event…the prom! Most of the teens who were at the event would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the dance, due to the high cost of dresses, shoes, and accessories. That is where the Belle Boutique comes in! Throughout the winter months, sponsors like Jordan's Furniture, Antons Cleaners, and Enterprise Bank collected like-new dresses from generous donors. All dresses were cleaned for free by Antons and then distributed to area girls in-need through the annual Belle Boutique. Almost 1,000 high school Juniors and Seniors from area communities, some coming by the bus load, participated in the free, invitation-only event and chose their perfect dress so that they can attend the dance in style. Since the cost of the prom can keep this rite-of-passage out reach for many, the Boutique is an important day.
"I look forward to Boutique Day every year," said Eliot Tatelman, president and CEO of Jordan's Furniture. "Every high school girl should have the chance to go to her prom and feel beautiful. This event makes that happen. It makes dreams come true for these young ladies - it's fantastic."
This year, the Hynes Convention Center was the new host for Boutique Day. A powerful personal experience, the 14th Boutique Day had more space to display thousands of dresses collected, in variety of colors, styles and sizes - all free of charge. "With a larger venue and more space, this year's Belle of the Ball was better than ever," said Arthur Anton Jr., COO of Anton's Cleaners and corporate partner. "We could expand the number of guests and the new space is a giant leap forward in our fifteenth year of service."
According to 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."
As a primary sponsor of the Belle of the Ball program, Jordan's Furniture collected 3,782 like-new and trendy gowns from generous customers at all store locations and also at their Taunton DC. (The dresses collected at the Jordan's store in New Haven CT are distributed to area teens in-need through Project Hope CT.) Jordan's is proud to continue their support of the Belle of the Ball Program and to participate in the Belle Boutique.
Jordan's was proud to be a sponsor and support the kids.
Jordan's sponsored the 2018 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon on April 5th with Cumulus Providence Radio Stations including 92 ProFM, Lite Rock 105, 630 PRO and Hot 106. The day-long live broadcast from the hospital included family stories, on-air pledges and touching interviews. It raised a record-breaking $422,431 from generous donors! All funds will go directly toward the life-saving care provided by the hospital. In addition to the sponsorship, Jordan's provided furniture for the "Jordan's Furniture Family Area", a space dedicated to the families and children participating in the Radiothon. After the event, the furniture was donated to the family of a patient. Jordan's is proud to continue the support of Hasbro Children's Hospital and the great work that they do to help children in the community with life-saving care.
On Sunday morning March 25th, hundreds of people gathered at the Jordan's Furniture store in Reading MA from 8:30AM to 11AM for a private event regarding foster care adoption with their partner of 20 years Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)…all to find permanent, adoptive homes for some very special children and youth. Over 170 children in foster care and approximately 130 pre-adoptive families attended, along with social workers from all parts of the state. Based around the ropes course and other inter-active activities, families and children got to know one another in the intimate, fun-filled atmosphere of Beantown. Eliot Tatelman, Jordan's President and CEO, was on-site to greet the smiling guests. There was a lot of communication between families, children and social workers. In this day and age of technology, it is events such as this one that provide "face time" and where matches happen, hopefully resulting in permanent, adoptive homes. Jordan's Furniture is proud to continue their support of the adoption and foster care communities and its partnership with MARE.
Watch WBZ ch 4's story on Jordan's adoption event.
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 2018 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.
Starting today and running through April 15th, 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 eighth 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. And the need does not end”, 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!”.
“Jordan’s Furniture is a tremendous partner in the community. They are providing an incredible resource to hundreds of youth baseball and softball players by creating the Double Play Program,” said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director, Bekah Salwasser. “We are so appreciative of their commitment and willingness to collaborate to ensure youth have the critical access to recreational opportunities to stay healthy and happy throughout the summer.”
Baseball equipment for inner-city youth
In partnership with the New Haven YMCA Youth Center
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 2018 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 New Haven YMCA Youth Center, equipment will be distributed to inner-city youth.
Starting today and running through April 15th, equipment donations can be dropped off at Jordan’s Furniture New Haven Long Wharf. 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).
“There are so many kids right in our back yard who just do not have the opportunity to play sports, due to the expense of equipment” said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “That is why we are so excited to team up with New Haven YMCA Youth Center…the perfect partner! They will get the donated equipment directly in the hands of local youth who simply have not played ball”.
“We are excited to partner with Jordan’s Furniture and the Double Play Youth Baseball Program. At the New Haven YMCA Youth Center, we are dedicated to youth development” said Emily Jackson, District Executive Director of the New Haven YMCA Youth Center. “Many of the youth we serve, have never had the opportunity to explore baseball. Jordan’s Furniture will help provide the equipment necessary to give another opportunity our youth in New Haven.”
Held at Jordan's Furniture New Haven, Long Wharf
Jordan's neighbor Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. (CDBi) held a team-oriented, no-experience-necessary sporting event for the New Haven community on Sunday January 21, 2018 at the Jordan's Furniture store in New Haven. The Indoor Rowing Relay & Raffle took place from 8:30am to 11am in the "It Adventure Ropes Course" area. The Indoor Rowing Relay featured a friendly competition between 75 competitors. Spectators, volunteers, and parents watched as they used indoor rowing machines to compete. 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.
Over $2500 in donated raffle prizes were given away. The funds raised from the event will be used for equipment such as dragon boats, rowing shells, paddles, and life jackets, coaches' salaries for public school student programs, and rental of the Quinnipiac River Marina for housing and maintenance of the organization's boating equipment.
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 non-motorized boating activities, as well as environmental education programs through a partnership with the University of New Haven. For more information about CDBi, please visit: www.canaldock.org or www.facebook.com/CanalDock.
From October through December 2017, all Jordan’s Furniture locations accepted like-new, gently-used winter coats for all ages, as a Corporate Partner and Sponsor of Coats For Kids, a program run by Caring Partners Inc. that provides winter garment for area families. Through the generosity of Jordan’s customers, over 8,400 winter coats of all sizes for both children and adults were dropped off during the 3-month collection period. All coats were cleaned free of charge by Antons Cleaners. The donated coats were distributed to area families in-need by partners such as The Salvation Army, Mass Coalition for the Homeless, Children’s Friend, MASSCAP, the Wish Project, Jumpstart, Community Giving Tree, 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 over 12 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. “We offer our stores as drop-off locations for donations, making it easy for our customers to participate in the program. Antons Cleaners does a such a great job and we are proud that our involvement helps to generate 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 donations toward after-school or sports programs to the schools that collected the most number of coats. Tickets to Jordan’s Sunbrella IMAX Theaters were also donated to winning schools. Congratulations to the Academy of Notre Dame, the Woodward School, and Pappas Rehabilitation School for Children as the big winners!
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, over one million 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.