Marking a Memorable Year: Summer

“525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear.
525,600 minutes – how do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.

525,600 minutes! 525,000 journeys to plan.
525,600 minutes — how can you measure the life of a woman or man?”

Seasons of Love from RENT

“Hot town, summer in the city” was definitely the theme in 2010, and Art Van kept things hopping all season long! Check out how we spent our summer vacation.

Rescue Me

We’re not only concerned about our fellow man, but we also look out for our four-legged friends! Our Saginaw and Bay City stores collected supplies for the Few Steps From Home animal rescue shelter. Saginaw Sales Associate Lori Lagalo-Balko, who volunteers her time fostering homeless animals, inspired the stores to host the drive, and the guest response exceeded our expectations and resulted in new beds, leashes, food, and toys for the shelter.



Shake Your Groove Thing

The Drayton Plains store hosted a Saturday Night Fever party to help children with special needs. Over 300 guests attended to support Clarkston SCAMP, a 2009 Million Dollar Charity Challenge recipient and provider of recreational and social activities for young adults who are mentally and physically challenged. This party was another wonderful opportunity to partner with our Charity Challenge recipients to further help the community and a chance to invite new guests to visit our stores.

Ladies’ Night Out

“An act of kindness from one person is one less burden for another.”

Mr. Art Van Elslander.

Art Van Furniture, along with ABC TV-12 and CARS 108, treated the hardworking ladies of Flint to a free night of pampering that included: a DJ; delicious drinks, appetizers, and desserts from local restaurants; Mani/pedi’s; dancing lessons; and more!

But the event was also about receiving diaper donations to help the 50% of mothers giving birth in Genesee County who live below the poverty level. And the ladies answered the call by bringing 400 plus packages of diapers to the event!

We’re just happy we won’t be the ones responsible for changing them!

Christmas Comes Early

Living with a serious illness puts a significant strain on a family’s finances, time and emotions. So in July, we teamed up with the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan* to lessen the burden felt —especially around the holidays — by hosting a Christmas in July toy drive. We can only imagine the huge smiles on the faces of these precious children on Christmas morning as they opened all the wonderful presents so generously donated by wonderful folks like you.

*This great organization was also one of our 2009 Million Dollar Charity Challenge recipients.

Strength in Numbers

In July, we were delighted to be able to donate 11 brand-new beds to the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. The beds will be used in recently renovated rooms at the House, which provides “a home away from home” for families of seriously ill children who are hospitalized nearby.

“This donation will save the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit thousands of dollars in expenses and ensure our families have a comfortable place to sleep and rest during their stay,” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. “Art Van Furniture has been a longtime supporter and we greatly appreciate their investment in our House.”

Each year, more than 1,200 families stay at the 16,000-square foot House, which includes all of the amenities a normal home would provide. The House consists of 25 bedrooms, four TV rooms, an exercise room, quiet area, indoor and outdoor playrooms, phone booths, dining room, and kitchen. The average length of stay for families at the House is two weeks, with some staying for many months. Families pay $10 each night they stay at the House while donors cover the rest of the operating expenses and the nightly rate for families who cannot cover that cost.

Goodwill for All

Branded with “Donate for Jobs” messaging, we handed over the keys to a 26-foot truck to Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. This stylish new ride will enable the collection and transportation of goods donated to the upscale resale Goodwill store that opened in Canton on December 11. And it’s another way we can support Goodwill’s efforts to help Metro Detroiters overcome employment challenges and become “Trained, Trusted and Ready to Work.”

Next up: Fall


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