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Bob’s Discount Furniture To Kick-off "Celebrate The Arts Contest"

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Bob's Discount Furniture, the fast-growing New England furniture retailer with 22 stores located throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey and New Hampshire, announced the details of the "Celebrate The Arts Contest", which will provide a full year’s worth of cultural arts programming for a winning school in each of the five states with Bob's Discount Furniture locations. "Increasingly every year, we are finding the fine arts programs and cultural arts events being the first target for budget cuts in many school districts. In fact, in some cities and town these programs are almost non-existent. Bob’s Discount Furniture wants to help these ailing arts and culture programs while trying to raise the awareness about its importance in the school’s annual curriculum," said Cathy Poulin, pubic relations director and television personality, Bob’s Discount Furniture. "I would like to invite all parents, teachers, administrators and concerned citizens to register a school to win the year-long arts and culture programming award. We want to put the arts back into the schools." Bob’s Discount Furniture will sponsor one winning elementary or middle school in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and New Jersey with a full school year of cultural arts assemblies. Elementary and middle school teachers, administrators, parents, community leaders and concerned citizens are encouraged to register their school to win the cultural arts award. One school from each state will be selected randomly based upon certain criteria offered in the online questionnaire. All appropriate assemblies along with dates and times will be selected by the winning school and Bob’s Discount Furniture. Previous winning schools of the arts program were Saints Peter and Paul School, Waterbury, CT and Wm P Connery, Lynn, MA. Running from August 1 to 18, 2006, the "Celebrate The Arts Contest" will accept submissions online at www.mybobs.com/celebrate_arts. Entries postmarked before August 15th can also be mailed to Bob’s Discount Furniture, Celebrate The Arts, 428 Tolland Turnpike, Manchester, CT, 06040. The five winning schools will be announced on August 22, 2006. About Bob's Discount Furniture The fast-growing New England furniture retailer with 22 stores located throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey and New Hampshire, Bob's Discount Furniture has built strong brand awareness and customer loyalty through its unique shopping environment, customer service commitment and everyday low prices. First-time visitors are pleasantly surprised by the comfortable atmosphere and vast selection of quality furniture that surpasses their "discount" expectations. As a part of the overall shopping experience, many of the Bob's locations have complimentary cafés featuring gourmet coffee, fresh baked cookies and candy, while other locations offer home theater and video arcade entertainment. Known for their unique style of television and radio advertising, Bob Kaufman, president, and Cathy Poulin, public relations director, have been inviting customers for over a decade to "Come on down!" About Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation Through the Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation and its many charitable contributions and sponsorships, Bob, Cathy and all of Bob's Discount Furniture employees support hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Among the many supported charities are Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Salvation Army Marshall House Youth and Family Emergency Shelter, National Conference for Community Justice, American Red Cross, Connecticut Children's Medical Center and many more. In March 2006, Poulin participated in the "Dance for a Cause" competition in Hartford to raise money and awareness for the National Pajama Program and Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation. Poulin was also awarded Woman Of The Year for 2006 by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For more information, visit www.mybobs.com.

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