Bob’s Discount Furniture Donates $100,000 to Autism Speaks

Bob’s Discount Furniture donates $100,000 to Autism Speaks | Bob’s Discount Furniture

Rob Ringler, Bob’s Regional Manager (right) presents Jennifer Podall, Autism Speaks’ Senior Vice President of Constituent Engagement (left) with a $100,000 check donation at Autism Speaks Walk in Boston

I want to say thank you to all of my amazing customers for another great Café Collections for a Cause program! With your help, I was able to present a Big Check to Autism Speaks for $100,000! The check represents all of your donations during the second quarter, plus a dollar-for-dollar match from me. 

In addition to this year’s check, I have donated $550,000 to Autism Speaks through my Café Collections for a Cause program since 2014.

Through various Outreach initiatives, my associates and I are proud to support Autism Speaks, which is committed to meeting the needs of children and families affected by autism.

Yellow or Blue?

It all started with a big decision: yellow or blue? Do you like wearing blue? I am partial to yellow myself. But, in honor of a good cause I invited my associates to wear blue on April 2!

So on World Autism Awareness Day, my associates from coast to coast came together to wear blue. This was a fun way to highlight the beginning of our campaign for Autism Speaks.

Café Collections for a Cause

The support for this good cause did not stop there. Not only did my associates in Bob’s stores, distribution centers, and offices wear blue to raise awareness for autism, but we also began collecting donations in every one of my complimentary store cafés.

Team members from my Monmouth Junction, New Jersey location | Bob’s Discount Furniture
Team members from my Monmouth Junction, NJ all decked out in blue for Autism Speaks “Light it Up Blue” day in April

From April through June, the excitement grew seeing all the dollars raised in my café jars from my generous customers. By the end of June, I was thrilled to match all of the donations collected dollar-for-dollar and donate to Autism Speaks!

Bob’s Walks for Autism Awareness!

And my Bob’s community support did not stop there, either. My team members from across the country participated in various Autism Speaks Walks. 

Bob's team members participated in the Greater Hartford Autism Speaks Walk in April | Bob's Discount Furniture
Bob’s team members about to begin the Greater Hartford Autism Speaks Walk
Brandy Matthews raises pom poms in the crowd to celebrate the beginning of the Autism Speaks Walk | Bob's Discount Furniture
Brandy Matthews raises pom poms in the crowd to celebrate the beginning of the Autism Speaks Walk

Many volunteers signed up to join my Bob’s Walk Team and wear my yellow t-shirt at Autism Speaks events in communities across the country.

Bob's Representatives participating in the Los Angeles Autism Speaks Walk | Bob's Discount Furniture
Bob’s Representatives participating in the Los Angeles Autism Speaks Walk

During the Autism Speaks Walks, my associates also volunteered to hand out my Bob’s giveaways to attendees at our sponsorship tent.

Bob’s representatives at Autism Speaks event in New Jersey Shore | Bob’s Discount Furniture
Bob’s representatives at Autism Speaks event in New Jersey Shore

My associates along with families and friends were able to participate in a total of 14 Celebration Walks in cities where my stores are located such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Las Vegas.

The Bob’s Team poses for a group photo at the Las Vegas Autism Speaks Walk | Bob’s Discount Furniture
The Bob’s Team poses for a group photo at the Las Vegas Autism Speaks Walk
Bob’s representatives attend the 20th Anniversary of the Autism Speaks Long Island, NY Walk | Bob’s Discount Furniture
Bob’s representatives at the 20th Anniversary of the Autism Speaks Long Island, NY Walk

Eddie Russo, Autism Speaks Field Development Manager said, “We are so thankful for Bob’s support of the 20th Anniversary of the Autism Speaks Long Island Walk! The entire Bob’s Discount Furniture Walk team was amazing on Walk Day and our families really enjoyed visiting the ‘Bob’s’ booth. Walk Day would not be the same without you!”

Now, that’s quality teamwork from my Bob’s community to support a good cause!

About the author / Bob

I consider myself the luckiest spokespuppet ever because I get to talk about the thing I love the most everyday – furniture! Tufted headboards, rustic finishes, the difference between a sofa and a couch (yes, there is a difference)… I could go on and on. Oh, I just love furniture and I’m SO excited that I have this blog to share my passion with you! It may take me a little longer to create posts – have you ever tried typing with clay hands – but I look forward to talking furniture with you!

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