Art Van Awards $1 Million to 50 Charities in 50 Hours and Last $25,000 Still up for Grabs!

Oct 13, 2010, 12:00 ET from Art Van Furniture

WARREN, Mich., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Art Van Furniture awarded almost $1 million to 50 Charities in 50 hours during 5 events around the state this week in the second year of the Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge.  There is $25,000 still to be awarded.  

So, what will happen to the final $25,000?  "We're inviting the people of Michigan to decide on the final prize," said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture.  "We received nearly 600 applications for these grants, and have selected 50 worthy organizations.  We want everyone in Michigan to be able to participate in this – to learn about the great work these organizations are doing, and help us award the final donation."

The grants were designed as challenge gifts in order to encourage others to donate and maximize fundraising opportunities.  Art Van established a website for the public to get to know the participating charities, to vote, comment and even donate on their own to these groups.  The recipients are all Michigan-based nonprofits focused on children, health and human services programs.

"I am so proud of the results we are achieving with this program -- not alone because of what we gave, but how that act of giving inspired others." Van Elslander continued "Last year, our 50 winners were able to raise over $4 million from this program, and we're hoping that this year's recipients are even more successful."  

The public can help decide by voting online at  Voting begins today and runs through October 30, 2010.  Allowing people to vote for one of the 50 charities will raise awareness about the services each of the 50 agencies provide.

The 2009 Art Van Million Dollar Charity recipients were not left behind. All 50 winners from last year received an additional $5,000 this year.  "We wanted to offer our continued support to our charity partners so that they can continue their great work," said Gary Van Elslander, Art Van President.

The complete list of the 50 grant recipients along with photos and press information can be found at


Metro Detroit area:

American Diabetes Association

Arc Downriver, Inc.


Coalition On Temporary Shelter

Community Sharing

Friends of Children's Oncology Camp Foundation

Grace Centers of Hope


Lennon Pregnancy Center

Livonia Goodfellows, Inc.

Mercy Primary Care Center

Orchards Children's Services

Ozone House, Inc

The Bottomless Toy Chest, Inc.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, Inc.

The Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic

Turning Point, Inc.

Vista Maria

Mid-Michigan area:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Freedom Work Opportunities, Inc.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint

Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Saginaw County

Nathan Weidner Children's Advocacy Center

Whaley Children's Center

West Michigan area:

Access of West Michigan

Andre' Bosse Center

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Center for Women in Transition

Charitable Union

Cherry Street Services, Inc.

Paws With A Cause

Senior Neighbors, Inc.

The First Day Shoe Fund

Lansing area / Statewide:


Band of Angels

CASE Cares

Easter Seals-Michigan, Inc.

Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern MI

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Michigan

Michigan AMBER Alert Foundation

Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors

Michigan Dyslexia Institute, Inc.

Tomorrows Child/Michigan SIDS, Inc.

Northern Michigan area:

Camp Quality NW Michigan

Friendship Shelter, Inc.

Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Foundation

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Third Level Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.

About Art Van Furniture

Art Van Furniture is Michigan's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 34 stores in 33 communities throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce website, plus three freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Canton, Troy and Rochester Hills, Michigan. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan.

SOURCE Art Van Furniture