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Collecting for a Cause: Special Olympics

As the weather starts to get warmer and more people begin to head outside for the spring sports season, I wanted to take some time to recognize some very dedicated and amazing athletes that we are helping to support this quarter.

Bob’s Discount Furniture has been a proud partner of Special Olympics since 2014. With your help, we have donated close to $450,000 to this great organization and our goal is to eclipse the $500,000 mark this year!

But, we need your help.

All of the money collected in each of our Cafés between April and June will go to Special Olympics. Just visit your nearest Café, grab a cup of coffee or yummy snack and make a donation. And best of all, Bob’s will provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to $75,000! So, the more you give, the more we give and when it comes to giving I like to have deep pockets (although, in reality my pockets are actually quite small because, as you know, I am just a puppet with very tiny jeans!)

This donation will go to help the over 3 million athletes who participate in over 30,000 Special Olympics events in 200 countries. 

Meet the Handle Doctor

Our partnership with Special Olympics spans well beyond the three months each year we raise money for this organization through our Café Collection for a Cause program. In stores all across the country, Bob’s employs a number of Special Olympians, such as Chuck Yenkner, who works at our Southington, Connecticut location.  

“Bob’s Discount Furniture is really proud of the diverse workforce we have; one that’s representative of our customers,” said Joe Genduso, Director, Management Development for Bob’s Discount Furniture. “It’s really an all-inclusive environment that is welcoming of all different backgrounds and different abilities.”

Nearing 20 years as a Bob’s employee, Chuck has earned a reputation as a hard-working member of the Southington cleaning crew.““This job is important to me,” said Chuck. “I make lots of good money here at Bob’s and the people are nice.”

Chuck Yenkner in Los Angeles at the Special Olympics World Games | Bob's Discount Furniture
Chuck won a gold medal in the mini javelin, bronze in the 100M run and a ribbon in the 4x100M relay at the Special Olympics World Games in 2015.

Outside of work, Chuck is an accomplished athlete. In 2015, Chuck attended the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles and won a gold medal in the mini javelin, bronze in the 100M run and a ribbon in the 4x100M relay. 

Visit our blog to read more about Chuck’s story.


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!