EM Boehm and Points of Light Foundation Present Former President Bush With Exclusive Bucking Bronco Sculpture

Jan 05, 2005, 00:00 ET from Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc. from ,EM Boehm, Inc.

    CARROLLTON, Texas, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Former President George Bush was
 presented with an exclusive Boehm(TM) Bucking Bronco sculpture at his private
 office in Houston, Texas, on December 2.  EM Boehm, Inc. ("Boehm"), the
 world's premier true porcelain sculpture designer and manufacturer and a
 wholly-owned subsidiary of Home Interiors & Gifts, in partnership with Points
 of Light Foundation, a community service advocate, developed the original
 porcelain statue to honor former President Bush on his 80th birthday.
      (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050105/DAW013 )
     "We are proud to continue the tradition between Boehm and the Bush family
 with this special gift," said Mike Lohner, president and CEO of Home Interiors
 & Gifts.  "President Bush and his wife, Barbara, have long enjoyed the beauty
 of Boehm, and we are honored to partner with the Points of Light Foundation in
 recognizing the president's 80th birthday."
     "We're very pleased to have been able to partner with Boehm on the
 Foundation's 80th birthday gift for President Bush," said Robert Goodwin,
 president & CEO, Points of Light Foundation.  "Throughout his life, President
 Bush has demonstrated a deep commitment to public service and continues to
 stress the importance of service in all of our lives."
     The Bucking Bronco gift continues a longstanding relationship between
 Boehm and the first family dating back to the days of the president's tenure
 as U.S. Ambassador to China in the early 1970s.  In 1987, Boehm's founder Mrs.
 Helen F. Boehm presented former First Lady Barbara Bush with a Texas
 Commemorative Bowl, and in 1990, Mrs. Bush commissioned a Bluebonnet Bowl to
 present as a gift to the wives of visiting Heads of State.  Boehm has also
 created a limited edition, peach colored Barbara Bush Rose with Rhododendron,
 as well as a limited edition Patriot Eagle with American Flag honoring the
 former president and the troops of Desert Storm.
 
     About Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc.
     Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc., is a member of the Direct Selling
 Association, and markets exclusive home decorative products through non-
 employee, independent Decorating Consultants in the United States, Puerto
 Rico, Mexico and Canada.  Founded in 1957, the Dallas-based company reported
 net sales of more than $617 million in 2003.  Home Interiors & Gifts' premium
 brands include Thomas Kinkade(R), Boehm at Home(TM) and the Better Homes and
 Gardens(TM) Collection.  For more information, please visit Home Interiors on
 the Web at http://www.homeinteriors.com .
 
     About EM Boehm, Inc.
     EM Boehm, Inc. ("Boehm") is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Home Interiors &
 Gifts.  Every sculpture in the Boehm product line is hand-crafted by its
 artisans to museum quality standards in the company's studio in Trenton, New
 Jersey.  Boehm has an unmatched reputation and an unparalleled list of
 prestigious accomplishments worldwide.  From presidents and prime ministers to
 kings and queens, the world's most well-known and well-respected leaders and
 personalities have sought the remarkable beauty and craftsmanship of Boehm
 porcelain for more than half a century.  Boehm masterpieces can be found in
 the world's foremost museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum
 of Art, the Hermitage, the Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center
 for Performing Arts, the Vatican Museums, the Tokyo National Museum, the
 Israel Museum, the Singapore Art Museum and the Abdine Palace in Cairo.
 Recently Boehm original sculptures were featured in the Hollywood blockbuster
 Mona Lisa Smile and on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  For more information about
 Boehm porcelain, please visit http://www.boehmporcelain.com .
 
     About Points of Light Foundation
     The Points of Light Foundation, in partnership with the Volunteer Center
 National Network, supports the vital work of millions of volunteers who are
 helping to solve serious social problems in thousands of communities
 nationwide.  For more information about local volunteer opportunities, call or
 visit 1-800-VOLUNTEER.org .
 
 

SOURCE Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc.; EM Boehm, Inc.
    CARROLLTON, Texas, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Former President George Bush was
 presented with an exclusive Boehm(TM) Bucking Bronco sculpture at his private
 office in Houston, Texas, on December 2.  EM Boehm, Inc. ("Boehm"), the
 world's premier true porcelain sculpture designer and manufacturer and a
 wholly-owned subsidiary of Home Interiors & Gifts, in partnership with Points
 of Light Foundation, a community service advocate, developed the original
 porcelain statue to honor former President Bush on his 80th birthday.
      (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050105/DAW013 )
     "We are proud to continue the tradition between Boehm and the Bush family
 with this special gift," said Mike Lohner, president and CEO of Home Interiors
 & Gifts.  "President Bush and his wife, Barbara, have long enjoyed the beauty
 of Boehm, and we are honored to partner with the Points of Light Foundation in
 recognizing the president's 80th birthday."
     "We're very pleased to have been able to partner with Boehm on the
 Foundation's 80th birthday gift for President Bush," said Robert Goodwin,
 president & CEO, Points of Light Foundation.  "Throughout his life, President
 Bush has demonstrated a deep commitment to public service and continues to
 stress the importance of service in all of our lives."
     The Bucking Bronco gift continues a longstanding relationship between
 Boehm and the first family dating back to the days of the president's tenure
 as U.S. Ambassador to China in the early 1970s.  In 1987, Boehm's founder Mrs.
 Helen F. Boehm presented former First Lady Barbara Bush with a Texas
 Commemorative Bowl, and in 1990, Mrs. Bush commissioned a Bluebonnet Bowl to
 present as a gift to the wives of visiting Heads of State.  Boehm has also
 created a limited edition, peach colored Barbara Bush Rose with Rhododendron,
 as well as a limited edition Patriot Eagle with American Flag honoring the
 former president and the troops of Desert Storm.
 
     About Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc.
     Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc., is a member of the Direct Selling
 Association, and markets exclusive home decorative products through non-
 employee, independent Decorating Consultants in the United States, Puerto
 Rico, Mexico and Canada.  Founded in 1957, the Dallas-based company reported
 net sales of more than $617 million in 2003.  Home Interiors & Gifts' premium
 brands include Thomas Kinkade(R), Boehm at Home(TM) and the Better Homes and
 Gardens(TM) Collection.  For more information, please visit Home Interiors on
 the Web at http://www.homeinteriors.com .
 
     About EM Boehm, Inc.
     EM Boehm, Inc. ("Boehm") is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Home Interiors &
 Gifts.  Every sculpture in the Boehm product line is hand-crafted by its
 artisans to museum quality standards in the company's studio in Trenton, New
 Jersey.  Boehm has an unmatched reputation and an unparalleled list of
 prestigious accomplishments worldwide.  From presidents and prime ministers to
 kings and queens, the world's most well-known and well-respected leaders and
 personalities have sought the remarkable beauty and craftsmanship of Boehm
 porcelain for more than half a century.  Boehm masterpieces can be found in
 the world's foremost museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum
 of Art, the Hermitage, the Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center
 for Performing Arts, the Vatican Museums, the Tokyo National Museum, the
 Israel Museum, the Singapore Art Museum and the Abdine Palace in Cairo.
 Recently Boehm original sculptures were featured in the Hollywood blockbuster
 Mona Lisa Smile and on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  For more information about
 Boehm porcelain, please visit http://www.boehmporcelain.com .
 
     About Points of Light Foundation
     The Points of Light Foundation, in partnership with the Volunteer Center
 National Network, supports the vital work of millions of volunteers who are
 helping to solve serious social problems in thousands of communities
 nationwide.  For more information about local volunteer opportunities, call or
 visit 1-800-VOLUNTEER.org .
 
 SOURCE  Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc.; EM Boehm, Inc.