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Art Van Furniture Announces Million Dollar Charity Challenge

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Art Van Furniture reported that it is giving away a million dollars to charity--again!

Michigan's challenged economy means charities are struggling- that's why Art Van Furniture is bringing back the "Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge," where $1 million is given to fund 50 diverse grants to non-profit organizations.

Each grant ranges from $5,000 to $50,000 to support Michigan-based children, health and human services programs. Art Van Furniture describes the donations as ‘challenge grants’ in order to encourage the people of Michigan to make a contribution and maximize fundraising opportunities.

"If there is one thing I have learned through the years, it is that very little can be done without the proper financial resources, and even the biggest hearts and most ambitious programs need money to meet their goals," said Chairman and Founder Art Van Elslander.

To continue the momentum in 2010, all eligible 2009 Charity Challenge recipients are receiving an additional $5,000. "We are accepting applications for another 50 deserving recipients, but that does not end the connection with the previous 50. Art Van is committed to assist long-term by providing resources that build success," said President Gary Van Elslander of Art Van Furniture.

Applications are being accepted from June 2- August 2, 2010 and winners will be announced in October of 2010. All interested 501(c)3, tax-exempt organizations are encouraged to visit www.artvan.com to submit grant applications and learn more about the program.

About Art Van Furniture
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Art Van Furniture is Michigan's largest furniture retailer and America's largest independent furniture retailer, operating 31 stores in 29 communities throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce website, plus a new freestanding bedding store in Canton, Michigan, ‘Art Van Pure Sleep.’ The company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. For more information, visit www.artvan.com.

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