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Milestone Donation to Special Olympics

Bob’s employees gather at the Manchester, CT headquarters to celebrate a $52,000 Café Collections for a Cause donation to Special Olympics made possible by the generous contributions of guests and a match from Bob’s. Special Olympian and Bob’s Employee Alexa Lotufo (center), Bob’s CEO Bill Barton (left), Special Olympics Director of Partnerships Christian McCormick (right).

Every community donation is a celebration for Bob’s Discount Furniture but our recent Café Collections for a Cause contribution to Special Olympics was a monumental moment for our teams.

Gathered at our Home Office in Manchester, Connecticut, Bob’s employee Alexa Lotufo, who is an accomplished Special Olympian, helped us present a check for $52,000 to Special Olympics bringing our total contributions to the organization over $500,000 since our partnership began in 2014!

Although I may be a tiny spokespuppet, I want to extend a HUGE thanks to our guests for making this BIG check presentation possible on July 26!

“Everyone here is supportive of Special Olympics and I love it,” shared Alexa, who is an accounts payable clerk and works in the mailroom at Home Office.

Our collection for Special Olympics was held nationwide from April 1 to June 30.

“Surpassing the half-million-dollar mark in donations to Special Olympics is phenomenal,” said Bob’s Discount Furniture CEO, Bill Barton, “but doing it with the help of our guests and Café Collections for a Cause does not surprise me. Contributing to our communities has been a core value of Bob’s since our inception, and I believe that many of our guests are drawn to Bob’s because they share this mission.”

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

“Over the past nine years, Bob’s Discount Furniture has taken its dedication to enriching the lives of those with intellectual disabilities to new heights,” said Mary Beth McMahon, our President & CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts. “Special Olympics is proud to call Bob’s a true partner of inclusion and we’re completely blown away that since 2014, they have contributed over $500,000 to provide athletic training and competition, and more importantly they have helped us build a platform for the athletes of our movement to show the world what they are truly capable of. Thank you to Bob’s and their incredible customers, staff and leadership for showing what it means to choose to include.”

Every quarter we open our 150+ cafes nationwide for Café Collections for a Cause. I am so grateful to you, my guests, for contributing to worthy nonprofits like Special Olympics and I hope you enjoy free goodies and gourmet coffee when you visit us!

We are proud to offer a dollar-for-dollar match up to $75,000 during each collection so the more you give, the more I give! My puppet jean pockets may be tiny, but you’d be surprised how deep they are!

Though our three-month campaign to support Special Olympics may have come to an end, you can bet we are rooting athletes on year-round. Bob’s proudly employs Special Olympics athletes across the country including Chuck Yenkner who works at our Southington, Connecticut location.  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. 

Nationwide Bob’s stores are currently collecting for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Autism Speaks, Feeding Children Everywhere and local Humane Society chapters depending on location through Sept. 30. You can learn more about Q3 Café Collections for a Cause here.


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!