Art Van Furniture Launches Ninth Annual Art Van Charity Challenge

Retailer encouraging all charities across the Midwest to compete for $180,000 in grants.

WARREN, Mich. - Feb. 21, 2017 // PRNewswire // - Calling all Heartland charities! Art Van Furniture has opened the application process for charities both large and small across the Midwest to compete in its ninth annual Art Van Charity Challenge. The three-week campaign will once again be championed by returning Art Van Charity Challenge Ambassador Cindy Crawford, with the winning charity receiving a $100,000 grant from Art Van Furniture.

"Our success at Art Van Furniture is deeply rooted in our commitment to giving back just as much as we have received from the communities we serve," said Kim Yost, CEO of Art Van Furniture. "We are excited to see this spirited competition return to ignite a new focus and drive for making a difference in the lives of those who need us most."

With Crawford, an international supermodel, businesswoman and philanthropist, partnering with Art Van Furniture for a third consecutive year to promote the challenge, charities across the Midwest that provide assistance to children, health care and human services are eligible to submit applications through Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Art Van Furniture will award a total of $180,000 in grants to the fundraising nonprofits, with the grand prize winner receiving a $100,000 grant. The fundraising portion of the challenge will kick off on Tuesday, April 4 at noon and runs through Tuesday, April 25 at noon. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 26.

"We have all needed someone to step in and graciously offer a helping hand to carry us through a challenging time or experience," said Crawford. "It is an honor for me to once again partner with Art Van Furniture to amplify the message of hundreds of charities in need. In my last three years as ambassador, we have helped countless individuals, and I look forward to another successful year."

Powered by CrowdRise, the Art Van Charity Challenge raised $2.3 million last year alone. Since the Art Van Charity Challenge started in 2009, Art Van Furniture has donated more than $8 million and raised over $24 million for more than 350 charities.

For more information about the Art Van Charity Challenge and how to get involved, please visit www.artvancharitychallenge.com.

About Art Van Furniture

Art Van Furniture is the Midwest's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates more than 100 stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, and Art Van Furniture franchise locations, as well as a full service e-commerce website. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit artvan.com for more information.

SOURCE Art Van Furniture

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