News & Events - Jordan's Furniture
Over 500 wrapped gifts were delivered to local Head Start Programs the week before the holiday, due to the generosity of the employees of Jordan’s Furniture. The company partnered with six (6) area Head Start schools. Participating employees purchased and wrapped gifts for the children at the specific schools. The gift program served the children and families in the areas of Taunton, Avon, Natick/Framingham, Reading, Nashua NH, and Warwick RI. The gifts were delivered to each school in time to be distributed to families. Jordan’s Furniture is proud to make the holidays brighter for some very special children. And one teacher said it best: “Once again, the team from Jordan’s outdid themselves! Thank you very, very much for all of the gifts that were purchased for our children. They were so beautifully wrapped and even separated by classroom! SIMPLY AMAZING!!!”
Holiday spirit was in the air at the Genesis Foundation’s 11th annual holiday party for children with Down Syndrome on Sunday December 6th at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. Children and their families opened presents from Santa while they enjoyed the historic Enchanted Village, as well as the Enchanted Ice indoor skating rink. Guests also experienced Polar Express 4D The Ride, the Holiday Laser LITE Show, facepainting, the Reindeer Game and breakfast, along with the brand new Enchanted Water Show. About 250 guests attended the party. The Genesis Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for the specialized care and treatment of New England-area children born with birth defects, genetic diseases and intellectual disabilities.
Customers listened to the advice of Fox25 meteorologists and streamed into the Jordan’s Furniture store in Reading on Saturday December 5th with donations for the 2015 Coats For Kids Program. Through dozens of on-air announcements, the Fox team urged viewers to contribute to the annual program. Over 500 winter garments for children and families in-need were dropped off and accepted by members of the Fox25 Storm Tracker Weather Team including Kevin Lemanowicz, Shiri Spears, and Sarah Wroblewski. Coats For Kids is a service project that donates gently-used winter garments for both children and adults to families-in need. Donations are distributed through social service agencies and are cleaned free of charge by Antons Cleaners.
Families enjoy a private viewing of The Enchanted Village at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon
(Avon, MA) – Jordan’s Furniture in Avon hosted a private viewing Sunday morning, November 22nd, of the historic “Enchanted Village” holiday display for families adopting children from state foster care.
In honor of National Adoption Month, Jordan’s Furniture welcomed over 500 guests from these special families to tour the Enchanted Village on Sunday, November 22, from 9:00 – 11:00 am before the store opened to the public. The event was for families who have adopted a child from state foster care.
In addition to the iconic Enchanted Village display, guests were treated to a light breakfast, the Polar Express 4D Ride, the Holiday Laser LITE Show Spectacular, Santa, and an indoor skating rink called Enchanted Ice.
The 8,000-square-foot Enchanted Village attraction includes dozens of mechanized figurines and animals in a traditional New England holiday scene. Originally displayed at the Jordan Marsh department store, the Enchanted Village hadn't been open to the public since 2006 until Jordan’s Furniture re-launched the fully restored display in 2009 and added to the experience with new attractions.
For over 16 years, Jordan’s Furniture has partnered with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) to help find permanent families for children in foster care. Jordan’s Furniture has hosted adoption events to educate the public about adoption from foster care and facilitate matches between prospective adoptive parents and children in need of adoption. To date, over 350 children have found permanent, adoptive homes due to the Jordan’s Initiatives. This Enchanted event was a “thank you” from Jordan’s Furniture to the adults who have stepped forward to give children in state care a loving, nurturing home.
“We are thrilled to continue our support of the adoption community,” says Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “We meet so many wonderful children and families through our initiatives. Celebrating the families, especially during National Adoption Month, is what it is all about.”
MARE is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1957 to find “a permanent place to call HOME” for children and teens in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place. For more information on adopting a child or teen from foster care, please visit www.MAREinc.org or call MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678).
On Wednesday evening November 4, 2015 at the IMAX Theater in Jordan’s Furniture is Reading, over 400 guests gathered to see the Sony Picture “Still Alice”, starring Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin. The David K. Johnson Foundation hosted the event, in partnership with Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Both organizations support a cure for Alzheimer’s and help families affected with the disease by providing resources and guidance throughout their journey. The screenplay for “Still Alice” was written from a book, with the same title. Author Lisa Genova was on-site for a book signing and for a Q & A session with the guests.
New Haven CT – at a press conference on the construction site of their soon-to-open New Haven store, Jordan’s Furniture’s President/CEO Eliot Tatelman announced the entertainment attraction slated for this sixth location.
“Be prepared to be wowed!”, said Tatelman. “You’ll want to see IT. Climb IT. Ride IT. Experience IT. Just don’t miss IT because you won’t believe IT!”
The “IT” that Tatelman is referring to is the IT Adventure Ropes Course, the largest indoor adventure ropes course in the world, that is currently under construction inside the company’s first Connecticut store. It includes two (2) 60-feet high ropes courses that incorporate four separate levels and over 100 activities like zig zag swinging beams, crisscross angle rope ladders, cargo nets, bridges, plank-walking, a cat walk and a 48-feet high free fall jump. There will be four (4) 200-feet long zip lines that are 48-feet high…the longest SkyRails ever made! Patrons will be able to zip over the 1,000-nozzle water show with state of the art lights, sound and music, choreographed to 45-feet high water. The light and sound will be created by Clair Solutions, the company that designed Radio City Music Hall, The Grand Ol Opry and the Michael Jackson Tour.
In addition to the two ropes courses, there will four (4) separate activities – Leap of Faith (climb to the top of the pole and jump), Astroball (stacked upon each other for a challenging climb), Stairway to Heaven (walk across wobbly poles getting higher and higher), and Twister (double sided, twisted structure to climb to the top).
And for younger participants, there will be a smaller version of the full-size ropes course for children under 48” tall. Parents can walk alongside or watch. Spectators can watch from below while enjoying delicious Blaze Pizza and 50 flavors of creamy Richardson Farms ice cream from Scoop It. IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course is for all ages and all abilities.
Jordan’s Furniture, known for combining entertainment with retail, currently has stores in Reading MA, Natick MA, Avon MA, Nashua NH, and Warwick RI. Each store has its own unique brand of entertainment…IMAX Theaters, Laser Water Shows, iconic holiday “villages”, a city made of jellybeans, Motion Odyssey Movie Rides, full-service restaurants and more.
The New Haven store will have the largest entertainment area of any of the stores, in a massive 20,000 square foot space that formally housed the New Haven Register’s printing presses.
Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven is scheduled to open on Friday December 11th at 5pm.
On Sunday October 18, 2015, Eliot and Barry Tatelman were inducted into the American Home Furnishing's "Hall of Fame", celebrating outstanding leaders in the industry. Members of the Hall of Fame are selected by a seven-member committee who search for leaders based on excellence, accomplishments, innovation, creativity, and philanthropy. Each inductee received “The Affie”, a symbolic award that represents the enduring spirit and energy of the individual. The inductions took place at an 800-person event at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro NC and was hosted by award-winning actress and designer Jane Seymour. It was attended by colleagues, friends, and families. Congratulations!
Mattresses delivered to 10 area fire stations Jordan’s President/CEO Eliot Tatelman, Assnt Fire Chief Marcarelli and Mayor Harp on-site
New Haven CT – a Jordan’s Furniture tractor trailer filled with 108 brand-new memory foam mattresses was delivered to all of the fire houses in the city of New Haven CT on Wednesday October 14, 2015. The mattresses were donated by Jordan’s Furniture, soon to be a neighbor in the community on Sargent Drive, in the home of the old New Haven Register building.
The mattresses were delivered to all ten (10) of the fire stations. The primary delivery was made to the Central Station at 952 Grand Avenue in downtown New Haven. On hand for the event was Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Marcarelli, Mayor Toni Harp, and Jordan’s President/CEO Eliot Tatelman.
With the sixth Jordan’s Furniture store slated to open in late 2015, the company’s President and CEO Eliot Tatelman reached out to Fire Chief Allyn Wright. “Many times, the Fire Departments in cities are overlooked. People don’t realize that in most station houses, fire fighters are sleeping on old and tired mattresses. These fire fighters do important, critical work every day…yet they sleep on beds that do not provide the rest that they need to do their job.” said Tatelman. “As a new member of the community, we are proud to be able to support the Fire Department and the City of New Haven.”
Jordan’s Furniture has donated mattresses to other Fire Stations where their stores are located. RDI Logistics, Jordan’s delivery partner, made the delivery to the New Haven Fire Stations.
Writer/Executive Producer James Wahlberg attended “If Only” screening at Jordan’s IMAX Theater in Reading about opioid epidemic. In partnership with the Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse
On Wednesday evening, September 30th from 7pm to 9pm, the Sunbrella IMAX Theater at Jordan’s Furniture in Reading hosted the screening of a special film, written and produced by James Wahlberg, Executive Director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, titled “If Only”. It was directed by Michael Yebba. The film focused on prescription drug abuse, the opioid epidemic and the stigma attached to it. The evening was in partnership with the Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse (RCASA).
“If Only” was financed and supported by The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Millenniium Health. The 38-minute film is intended for teens, parents and adults to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse and to start a conversation that encourages the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs to keep them out of the hands of kids. The film is about decisions, consequences and regret. It was filmed in Tewksbury, MA.
In attendance at the screening was film writer/producer James Wahlberg, District Attorney Marion Ryan, the office of Senator James Lewis, representation from the Reading and Tewksbury Police Departments, Woburn District Court staff, and members of substance abuse coalitions from approximately 10 surrounding communities. Following the screening, there was a 30-minute panel Q & A discussion with professionals and experts in the field, along with the film’s writer/producer. The screening was free to the public and was sold out, with over 500 guests in the audience. For more information about seeking help or treatment, please call RCASA at 781-941-6756.
Delivery to the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club for their baseball league
During the 2015 baseball season, like-new baseball equipment was collected at all Pawtucket Red Sox home games at McCoy Stadium as well as at the Jordan’s Furniture store in Warwick. The collection was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket on Wednesday September 23rd. Jim Hoyt, the organizations Executive Director and Luke McLaughlin, the Club’s Athletic Director, received the equipment. Jordan’s Furniture has a store in the Warwick Mall and the Pawtucket Red Sox sponsorship is part of the company’s Community Outreach. “We are proud to sponsor a local institution like the PawSox”, says Jordan’s President and CEO Eliot Tatelman. “It has been a great opportunity for us to participate in the community. And by extending our Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program from Fenway Park to McCoy Stadium, we’re able to support a wonderful organization and to help local kids”, Tatelman concludes. The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket was the sole beneficiary of this year’s program. The donated youth baseball equipment will go toward the clubhouse’s baseball league. In attendance for the equipment delivery were members of the Pawtucket Red Sox management team, the PawSox mascot, representatives of the Boys & Girls Club and members of Jordan’s J-Team.
Jordan’s donates to the 2015 "Ready For School" program
On Sunday morning September 20th from 9 to 11 at their Reading store, Jordan’s Furniture hosted The 2015 Adoption Option, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), to help find permanent families for children in foster care. Adults and families who were interested in learning more about adoption were invited to this free informational event. Over 600 guests were on-site, including children in foster care, social workers, and families interested in adoption. Jordan’s President and CEO, Eliot Tatelman, hosted the morning and greeted guests.
“In this day and age of technology, it is still essential to run events where adults and children have face time together”, said Tatelman. “Our Adoption Option creates a fun and inviting atmosphere where these connections happen. We continue to support the adoption community because we see so many positive outcomes and successful matches from our efforts,” he concluded.
Adults new to the idea of adopting a child from foster care attended an orientation in the IMAX theater to learn about the adoption process. They also had the chance to meet with social workers and experienced adoptive parents for private conversations. Prospective adoptive parents who have already begun the adoption process could meet Massachusetts’s waiting children and their social workers in an informal setting, with activities and interactive games. They also spoke with experienced adoptive families.
“Adoption events are MARE’s most successful tool in placing children,” said MARE’s Executive Director Lisa Funaro. “These events allow families to meet face-to-face with children and make connections that may not happen otherwise. We are delighted to partner with Jordan’s Furniture to increase recruitment opportunities for children in foster care. These children want what most of us take for granted - the chance to blossom in a permanent, loving family.”
In Massachusetts, nearly 2,500 children currently in foster care have the goal of adoption, and more than 600 of those children have no relative or other potential adopter. Nationwide, there are over 104,000 children in foster care in need of adoption. Older, school-aged children, sibling groups, children of color and/or children with special needs tend to wait the longest for families.
Prospective adoptive parents can be almost any age (21+); single, partnered, married, LGBT; homeowners or renters; experienced parents or new to parenting. Families of various income levels can adopt, as long as they have a stable source of income to support a child. There are no fees to adopt a child from foster care. Financial subsidies may be available, and children adopted from foster care are eligible for a tuition-waiver at Massachusetts state colleges and universities.
For more information about adoption from foster care, please visit www.MAREinc.org or call MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678). MARE is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1957 to find “a permanent place to call home” for children and teens in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place.
Jordan’s donates to the 2015 "Ready For School" program
From July 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015, all Jordan's Furniture store locations and the Taunton Distribution Center collected like-new and new clothes and shoes for children (infant to 12 years old) to go toward the Cradles to Crayons "Ready For School" program. And on Friday September 4, 2015, a Jordan's Furniture truck pulled up to the Cradles To Crayon's Giving Factory in Brighton, MA and unloaded a truck full off hundreds and hundreds of donated items. The Jordan's donation will help 3,417 area children get ready for the school season, who are underserved. All donations will go to children in homeless or low-income situations, through partnering social service agencies. This will be the fifth year for the partnership between the retailer and the organization.
"With so many kids right here in our communities who are in-need, we are thrilled to be able to deliver, literally, a truck filled with donations to the Cradles To Crayons' Giving Factory so that these young students are ready to head back to school", says Eliot Tatelman, President/CEO of Jordan's Furniture. "The donations, from our wonderful customers, come at a crucial time of year, when so many ready-for-school items have already been distributed. It mean a lot to us that this collaboration with Cradles To Crayons is impactful to the children throughout the state. We are proud to be a partner!"
Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002 and provides for children from birth through 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, school, and play. Items are distributed to the children via social service agencies such as MSPCC, Horizons For Homeless Children, Head Start Programs, and more.
Cradles to Crayons is based in Brighton, MA where the donations are assembled by staff and volunteers for individual KidPacks. "When the Jordan's Furniture truck arrives every year, I feel incredible excitement and appreciation. The efforts of Jordan's Furniture and their customers assure me that we can successfully meet the needs of thousands of children who rely on Cradles to Crayons for basics like clothing, shoes, and books—essentials that so many of us take for granted. When I see countless boxes overflowing with donations, I see children smiling and parents breathing a sigh of relief—because I understand the financial and emotional tolls of poverty," said Cradles to Crayons Executive Director, Sharon Reilly. "This year, Jordan's support of our Ready for School program will provide critically needed resources for 3,417 local children. This partnership is inspiring, remarkable, and makes a direct impact on helping families. On behalf of Cradles to Crayons and the children we serve, I am grateful for their support."
For more information about all of the Cradles To Crayons programs, visit www.cradlestocrayons.org. To find out more about all of the philanthropic initiatives by Jordan's Furniture, visit www.jordans.com.
Help local children in-need get ready to learn from head to toe!
“Ready For School” program donation drive at all stores
Starting today and running until August 30th, all Jordan’s Furniture store locations and the Taunton Distribution Center will accept like-new and new clothes and shoes for children (infant to 12 years old) to go toward the Cradles to Crayons “Ready For School” program. Through partnering social service agencies, the donations will go to children in homeless or low-income situations. This will be the fourth year for the partnership between the retailer and the organization.
“We are so proud to be working together with Cradles to Crayons. They run an incredibly impressive and efficient operation, ensuring the dignity of the children and families that they serve,” said Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO. “It is so important for every child to feel important and 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. We know that our donation drive made an impact during the last 2 years. We hope for the same success this year.”
Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002 and provides for children from birth through 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, school, and play. Items are distributed to the children via social service agencies such as MSPCC, Horizons For Homeless Children, Head Start Programs, and more.
Cradles to Crayons is based in Brighton, MA where the donations are assembled by staff and volunteers for individual KidPacks. ”For the fourth consecutive year, we are thrilled to partner with Jordan’s on our Ready for School program,” says Sharon Reilly, Executive Director of Cradles to Crayons in Boston. “In 2014, the items collected at Jordan’s retail stores helped more than 3,200 children in Massachusetts. We want every child to start the new school year feeling confident form head to toe, and Jordan’s contribution is crucial to this effort. On behalf of the 68,000 kids we will serve during our Ready for School initiative, we are very grateful to Jordan’s for their unwavering commitment to helping us assist local children in need.”
The Jordan’s Furniture Cradles to Crayons “Ready For School” donation drive starts today and runs until August 30th. Donations will be accepted at all stores locations in Avon MA, Reading MA, Natick, MA, Nashua, NH, and Warwick, RI, along with the Jordan’s Distribution Center in Taunton MA. The donation drive strives to provide every child with essentials they need to feel valued so accepted donations should be like-new or new, with no rips, stains, or tears. Accepted items include pants, shirts, sweatshirts, pajamas (new), socks (new), undergarments (new), sneakers, and school shoes. Donations are for children infant to 12 years old.
At all Jordan’s Furniture locations from June 26 – June 28, social workers were on-hand to talk to customers about adoption from foster care. They found out about older children and sibling groups waiting to be adopted. They had one-on-one, in-depth conversations with social workers. Many people just stopped by to pick up information. Over 100 families and perspective parents sat down throughout the weekend to discuss the process. Adoption Information Weekend was in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (www.mareinc.org) and the Department of Children and Families. Adoption from foster care…it could change your life and the life of a child.
2015 Double Play Program benefits the Red Sox Foundation
Before the Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night June 12th at Fenway Park, Jordan’s Furniture and its President/CEO Eliot Tatelman were honored for the company’s donation to the Red Sox Foundation’s inner-city youth baseball league. For two months, all Jordan’s locations were drop-off points for like-new and gently-used baseball and softball equipment. At the end of the 2 months, a large delivery was made to Fenway Park where the Jordan’s truck was greeted by Red Sox Foundation staff and members of the inner-city youth league to help unload and distribute the dozens of boxes of equipment to teams that play throughout the summer in all sections of Boston and the surrounding communities. To acknowledge the equipment donation, the Red Sox Foundation presented Jordan’s with a personalized jersey during the pre-game ceremony. Also in attendance was Wally the Red Sox mascot and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson, along with coaches and players in the league.
Friday June 26th 4pm to 8pm
Saturday June 27th noon to 6pm
Sunday June 28th noon to 6pm
All Jordan’s stores
Have you ever wondered if you could adopt an older child? It’s a big step…but one that people take every day. If you’ve ever thought about it, here’s your chance to find out if you can do it. On June 26th, 27th, and 28th all Jordan’s Furniture stores, you can learn about adoption from foster care. Find out about older children and sibling groups waiting to be adopted. Have one-on-one, in-depth conversations with social workers…Or just stop buy and pick up some information. No pressure. And you have a whole weekend! Come to any Jordan’s Furniture location between June 26th and June 28th to find out if it’s time to take that big step. It could change your life…and the life of a child. In partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (www.mareinc.org) and the Department of Children and Families.
Over $55,000 raised to support the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
On Sunday morning May 17th in Taunton, MA, Jordan’s Furniture hosted the 2015 WalkRun for Adoption, in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE). This was the 6th year for the annual event. It supports the programs of MARE that help to find permanent homes for older children living in foster care. Over $55,000 was raised at the 2015 WalkRun!
Approximately 540 participants and volunteers attended to walk, run, and celebrate adoption from foster care. Many of the guests were adoptive families and social workers. Eliot Tatelman, President/CEO of Jordan’s Furniture greeted and welcomed all of the participants. “What makes a house feel like a home?” asks Tatelman. “It’s not furniture,” comes the surprising answer, “It’s family. However, hundreds of kids living right here in Massachusetts are waiting for all the comforts of home AND family,” he added. That is why Jordan’s Furniture, a long-time champion for children in state foster care, hosted the Walk/Run for Adoption. The event included a 5K run and walk, light lunch, and an after-party with a DJ, music, raffles, and children’s activities such as face painting, balloon twisting, a stilt-walker, caricature artists, sand art, frisbee spin art and other crafts.
MARE’s programs support the recruitment of adoptive parents for children and teens in foster care. Over 600 local children are currently growing up in temporary foster care while waiting for permanent homes. MARE has helped more than 6,000 children leave foster care for permanent families over the past 56 years. And during the 16-year MARE/Jordan’s partnership, over 280 children have found adoptive homes due to the events and programs organized and underwritten by Jordan’s Furniture. For more information about adoption from foster care, contact MARE at 800-882-1176, 617-54-ADOPT, or visit www.MAREinc.org. MARE is a private, non-profit organization, working since 1957 to find a “permanent place to call home” for youth in foster care.
Jordan’s Furniture is proud to continue their partnership with the adoption and foster care communities, all in support of the wonderful kids who all deserve a permanent, loving home.
Over 225 youth earn diplomas and are honored at the 2015 Youth Achievement Celebration at Jordan’s Furniture
On Sunday, May 3rd from 7pm to 9pm, Jordan’s Furniture celebrated youth in foster care who were graduates from the Class of 2015. The statewide event took place at the Jordan’s store in Reading, MA. It was hosted by Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO. The evening included food, entertainment, and an awards program to acknowledge the academic achievements thus far of the graduates. During the program in the IMAX Theater, guests will saw an emotional video highlighting many of the honored youth, heard from speakers with inspirational messages and received a gift bag which included an Adidas sports bag, a Red Sox long-sleeve tee-shirt, a TJX store gift card, and a Target store gift card. Buses brought guests from the Western part of the state to the event.
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 celebration 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 attend this Sunday. “Each year, this event gets bigger and bigger. We are thrilled to continue the tradition of honoring the youth,” said Tatelman. “It is important to acknowledge the academic achievements of these great kids, many who have made it through some adverse conditions. It is our way to show our support for them.”
The evening will concluded with a private screening of the newly-released Avengers: Age of Ulton in IMAX 3D for the honored youth and their families.
On May 6, 2015 at 11am, New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp was joined by Eliot Tatelman to officially break ground on a new 190,000 square-foot Jordan’s location, in the former New Haven Register Building on 40 Sargent Drive. The new store is slated to open in late 2015 and will include the largest furniture showroom and a state-of-the-art entertainment area with a restaurant. Once completed, the store will bring over 200 jobs to the community. “Jordan’s is not only a great place to buy furniture, it will become major destination for the City creating an economic catalyst,” stated New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp. “Jordan’s Furniture is successful business that has a proven commitment to philanthropy work that betters the communities they serve. They are a welcomed addition to our growing business community.”
Because of the combination of entertainment with retail, Jordan’s locations are destinations. “With each of our stores, we challenge ourselves to create the best experience”, says Tatelman. “None of our locations are cookie-cutter. Each store is unique. And New Haven will be no exception. In fact, for this sixth location, we will take the in-store entertainment, the showroom displays, and the selection to an entirely new level. We will create the ultimate shopping experience and we will be a destination for families and residences from all of Connecticut. Every child in the state will want his or her birthday party here…at a furniture store! Additionally, we are looking forward to becoming an integral part of the community,” Tatelman added.
Jordan's Furniture was a primary sponsor in the 2015 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon that took place at the Warwick Mall on Thursday April 16, in partnership with Cumulus Radio. It raised at total of $400,000! There were live broadcasts from the mall 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 and collected donations from listeners and mall customers, all benefiting the programs and services of Hasbro Children's Hospital. Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan's, participated in several on-air interviews with local Rhode Island dj's. As a sponsor of the event, Jordan's was included in on-air mentions throughout the day, on mall banners, and on partnering websites. Jordan's Furniture was proud to support this exciting event and happy to support such a worthy cause, benefiting the local children and families of Rhode Island.
From February 2nd through April 5th, the collection of gently-used dresses and gowns took place at all Jordan’s Furniture locations. Jordan’s generous customers donated a total of 3,366 dresses toward the program. These donated dresses, along with hundreds of additional gowns delivered to other program partners, benefit the Belle of the Ball Program, an initiative that Jordan’s sponsors and is in partnership with Antons Cleaners and Caring Partners Inc. The program helps girls in-need and provides prom dresses for them. On Saturday April 11th, hundreds of volunteers came together to distribute the dresses at a private event called the Belle of the Ball Boutique. Girls had the opportunity to try on dresses, choose jewelry and select shoes. Prom season for a special group of girls will be a lot brighter, due to the program.
Truck full of donated equipment delivered to Fenway Park
On Saturday April 11th, a Jordan’s Furniture truck pulled up to the newly-named Gate K (for kids!) at Fenway Park to make a very special delivery. Due to the generosity of Jordan’s customers, a truck filled with like-new, clean baseball/softball equipment was donated to the Red Sox Foundation. The donation was all part of Jordan’s Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, where gently-used and like-new youth baseball equipment is collected at all Jordan’s locations. The equipment is then distributed to an inner-city youth league with over 2000 players, in partnership with the Red Sox Foundation. Due to the donations, there are many participating youth who might not otherwise have the opportunity to play ball.
Hundreds gather to find homes for youth living in foster care
On Sunday morning, March 8th, social workers and adoptive families came together to help find homes for the many youth and sibling groups who are currently living in foster homes and seeking adoption. In partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), Jordan’s Furniture in Reading hosted a private, invitation-only, specialized adoption event that included interactive element such as the BeanStalk Ropes Course, table games, and group activities, encouraging youth and families to interact. The guests were older children, youth, and sibling groups in foster care, adoptive parents who have been MAPP Trained, and experienced social workers. The goal of the event was to create a non-threatening atmosphere that is conducive for interacting, so that young people and adults can get to know each other, in the hopes of creating matches and finding permanent adoptive homes. In addition to the ropes course, there was a light breakfast and the Jordan’s Liquid Fireworks show, along with family activities. Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, was in attendance to greet the young people and families.
Collection for girls in-need through April 5, 2015
Jordan’s Furniture partners with Anton’s Cleaners
February’s red carpet televised events and “who are you wearing” fashion coverage can be a difficult reminder for high school junior and senior girls that prom season is just a fantasy for families with limited financial resources. The expenses of prom season bring stress on local families, and the “Belle of the Ball” prom dress drive is back to help high school junior and senior girls with financial constraints.
On February 2, 2015, the 11th annual Belle of the Ball Prom Dress Collection program kicks off and Jordan’s Furniture is proud to, once again, be a prominent partner. Belle of the Ball distributes clean prom dresses, courtesy of Anton’s Cleaners, at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their school’s prom.
According to Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, “Giving back to the community is a critical part of what our Jordan’s team is all about. We are proud to work with Caring Partners and Anton’s Cleaners to help young women feel beautiful on one of their life’s biggest nights. At Jordan’s, we believe in helping young people in-need and we are proud that Caring Partners is one of our key partnerships.”
The public is invited to help by donating good quality, gently worn or new prom dresses. They can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture store and the Taunton Distribution Center through April 5, 2015. Belle of the Ball culminates in a day-long “boutique” where deserving girls are invited for a day of personal shopping and pampering. Last year, over 400 girls participated in Boutique Day hosted by Simmons College, with close to 2,000 dresses in a variety of colors, styles and sizes displayed, all free of charge. To date, more than 2,300 girls have been outfitted since Belle of the Ball began in 2005. Since attendance to Boutique Day is by “invitation only,” students must be pre-qualified by guidance counselors, teachers and social service agency personnel, who refer high school girls to the program.
For more information about Caring Partners’ Belle of the Ball, visit Jordans.com or antons.com/belle.
Baseball equipment for inner-city youth
In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation
Jordan’s Furniture is proud to announce the launch of the 2015 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, a donation project that will supply like-new baseball/softball equipment to inner-city youth. 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 Monday February 2nd and running until April 5th, equipment donations can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture location (Reading, Avon, Natick, Nashua, Warwick), 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).
“In this day and age of pay-to-play, there are thousands of kids that just cannot afford to play sports”, said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “We think that every youth should enjoy America’s favorite pastime so we created the Double Play Youth Baseball Program. This is the fifth year and with the help of the Red Sox Foundation, we’ll be 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 for the fifth 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.”
The 2015 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program runs until April 5th. All information can be found online at www.jordans.com beginning this Monday, February 2nd.
Donates over 8,500 winter garments to area families
A long time supporter of the Coats For Kids Program with Anton's Cleaners, Jordan’s Furniture began collecting gently-used and like-new coats in early October 2014. Winter garments for all ages were gathered at all five Jordan’s locations, along with the Taunton Distribution Center. And after 3 long, cold months, Jordan’s generous customers delivered! Over 8,500 winter coats (8,738 to be exact) for all ages were collected by Jordan’s Furniture. Once cleaned (free of charge by Anton's Cleaners), coats are distributed through the Coats for Kids Distribution Partners , including BU Medical Center Outreach Van Project, Catholic Charities, Community Giving Tree, Massachusetts Community Action Programs (MASSCAP), Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell, Middlesex Human Service Agency, Salvation Army, Taunton State Hospital, Wish Project and many more . “Jordan’s Furniture has supported Coats For Kids for a long time”, says Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO. “Each year, our wonderful customers hear the message and answer the call. I am continually amazed by the generosity of the people around us. To be able to contribute so many garments to families in our communities who are underserved is a great feeling.” Jordan’s Furniture is proud to be a significant contributor and partner with Coats For Kids, making the winter a bit warmer for many area families in-need.
On Sunday morning, January 4, 2015, Jordan’s Furniture hosted a private, specialized adoption event at Enchanted Ice, the indoor skating rink at Jordan’s Enchanted Village. The event was in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and its goal was to help find permanent homes through adoption for older children and sibling groups living in foster care. Over 200 guests came together to interact and get to know one another. In addition to the youth, guests included families looking to adopt and social workers. Families could get to know the youth during the activities and talk one-on-one with social workers about the adoption process. All guests also enjoyed a light breakfast, skating games, and activities.