On Saturday, February 26, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. hosted its semi-annual Community Day event benefiting local nonprofit organizations. Twice a year, local 501C3 organizations, schools and churches sell booklets at the store to earn funding needed to support their mission. The February event helped non-profits raise over $4 million.
Community Day allows for organizations, in partnership with their local Bergner’s, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Younkers and Parisian stores to fundraise by selling a $5 coupon booklet to shoppers in the community. Groups selling the booklets are able to keep 100 percent of the funds. Booklets are also available for purchase at the store. Some success stories from this year’s event are included below:
• The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, has raised over $18,000 from the past 3 years of participating in Community Day. They have also been successful in raising awareness and providing hope for people who were either affected by or knew people affected by blood cancer.
Isabel Society of Harter House, based in Anderson, IN, is a board composed of thirty local women, whose purpose is to actively perpetuate the need for church sponsored housing for the elderly through public awareness and fund raising. First partnering with Community Day in 2007, they have now earned just over $30,000 to support their cause.
• The Westmont Chamber of Commerce of Westmont, IL, that supports school programs and initiatives as well as provides scholarships to students living in the Village of Westmont, sold $1,260 worth of booklets. Students from Westmont High School, several chamber and committee members and the Assistant Principal from Westmont High School all pitched in to raise the funds.
• Oak Brook Community Church Hills and Hollers Ministry from Illinois puts together food bags for families in the Appalachian region of southeastern Kentucky every Christmas, costing approximately $3,000 to $3500 each year. The $1,475 that was raised contributed to meeting almost half of their goal.
• The Cub Scouts Pack 381 from Hartland, MI fundraised for a single mother and her son in their group, who loves to go to Cub Scout Resident Camp in the summer, to help cover the expensive cost of attendance.
• The West Des Moines Lynx baseball team from Iowa uses the event to make the boys feel invested by contributing to a portion of team costs through fundraising. The money raised has paid for uniforms, equipment, and tournament entry fees.
In the fall, Buddies, Bridges and Brains, Inc. from Victor, NY used funds to provide over 2,000 books and blanket sets to low income students just in time for the cold winter.