PLANO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS:RCII), a leader in the rent-to-own industry, donated $114,000 last week to the North Texas Food Bank at a closing ceremony in its corporate headquarters.

The check donation was the culmination of a month-long coworker giving campaign whose theme was the 1950s inspired “RAC Around the Clock to Stop Hunger” and included a hula hoop contest along with other fundraising activities like raffle items, a Ping-Pong tournament and Creole cuisine. Coworkers raised a combined $64,000 with Rent-A-Center, Inc. matching up to $50,000.

Rent-A-Center coworkers have been donating to the food bank since 2003. This year’s donation brings the total to more than $1 million over the course of 14 years.

“The North Texas Food Bank says one dollar buys three meals,” said Gina Hethcock, Senior Manager of Public and Community Relations at Rent-A-Center. “If you do the math, we just provided every person in a town, like say Frisco, not one, but two meals today.”

According to the North Texas Food Bank, there are more than 835,000 food insecure people across its 13-county service area – including one in every four children.

“Year after year, the entire team at Rent-A-Center showcases such enthusiasm and passion for the mission of the North Texas Food Bank,” said Simon Powell, Interim President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank. “As we embark on the hungriest season, we know that there will be many children and families that will face tightened budgets. We know these generous funds from Rent- A-Center employees will help us in the important mission of putting food on the table for people in need.”

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit hunger-relief organization with its primary distribution center in Southwest Dallas, and administrative headquarters located in the Dallas Farmers Market. NTFB provides access to more than 190,000 meals for hungry children, seniors, and families through a network of more than 1,000 programs and more than 200 Partner Agencies.

A rent-to-own industry leader, Plano, Texas-based, Rent-A-Center, Inc. is focused on improving the quality of life for its customers by providing them the opportunity to obtain ownership of high-quality, durable products such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories, under flexible rental purchase agreements with no long-term obligation.

Contacts
Rent-A-Center, Inc.
Gina Hethcock, 972-801-1424
Sr. Manager, Public and Community Relations
Gina.Hethcock@RentACenter.com

Keystone teen members of the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee were surprised on Wednesday when associates from Aaron’s, Inc. unveiled a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center.

Associates Refresh Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee with New Furniture and More

ATLANTA (May 25, 2017) – Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. The event marked the 21st refresh by Aaron’s and Progressive in communities across the U.S.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked on Monday installing new furniture and computers in lounge, study space, and games areas at the Club. On Wednesday, Aaron’s associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs and sound systems.

“The Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club is one of the busiest youth programs in Milwaukee, serving over 300 kids in a day, and it’s vital to make sure those teens can enjoy a safe and positive environment,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “Aaron’s is excited to make this contribution to Milwaukee teens so that they can continue to develop their leadership and community service skills.”

Aaron’s, Inc. surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.

In 2015, the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.

The 20 previous Keystone Club makeovers have included Boys & Girls Clubs in cities such as Los Angeles, San Antonio, Nashville, Las Vegas, Chicago and Miami. The makeover at the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $29,000.

“It was such a thrill to see the surprise and happiness on all of our teens’ faces at this surprise unveiling,” said Vincent Lyles, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. “The Don & Sallie Davis Club is an invaluable resource for the Milwaukee community, and we’re so grateful to Aaron’s for inspiring our teen members so they can become leaders in their communities and beyond.”

Aaron’s partnership with BGCA’s Keystone Program inspires teens to “Own It” by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron’s and Keystone Club “Own Your Future” campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path:  No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions:  Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community:  Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, visit Aaron’s on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) and at www.AaronsGives.com.

About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. The Aaron’s Business engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories through its more than 1,800 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada, as well as its e-commerce platform, Aarons.com. In addition, Progressive Leasing, a virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 22,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through federally insured banks. For more information, visit investor.aarons.com, Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.facebook.com/bgca.clubs and https://twitter.com/BGCA_Clubs.

Shereka Ray in her new car from RNR Tire Express

It is a very special Mother’s Day weekend for Shereka Ray from Jonesboro, AR who now has a brand new car.

“This is all about a single mom,” RNR Tire Express owner David Harrison announced at the store Friday. “And we took letters from all over our region and we selected one mother that had a very special story.”

Harrison decided to start a yearly tradition of giving a car away each Mother’s Day.

“It’s a blessing to be able to do that and really, this comes from another experience with my mom,” he said.

Harrison’s mother Virginia raised him and his three siblings as a single mom after her husband left. Virginia was also raised by a single mother. She made sacrifices so her kids always had what they needed.

“Our house was falling apart, and my mother drove whatever she could afford,” Harrison said. “A lot of times that wasn’t much. But shealways made sure that we had good things. You know, when we went to school we looked like other kids.”

One day while in his 20s, Harrison was able to pay his mom back by buying her a car. Because of his mom’s humble and giving spirit, he decided to do it again in her honor.

“I thought wouldn’t it be great to give that experience to another single mom,” Harrison said.

Out of the thousands of entries that poured in, the panel of judges made the unanimous decision that Shereka Ray, the mother of a 9-year-old girl, was the deserving woman. She was almost speechless after the surprise Friday.

“I’m just so thankful,” Ray said. “This is just… I just don’t know. This is amazing. This is really amazing.”

For her hard work, RNR Tire Express gave Ray a 2016 Buick Encore. The business will also pay the sales tax and licensing fees. Yokohama also donated a new set of tires to Ray for when the first set is worn out. And she was given a $500 gas gift card.

Don Blackmore with Central Baptist Church is who nominated Ray for the prize.

“I thought we have so many worthy and deserving single moms in our church but for some reason Shereka just kind of popped in my head,” Blackmore said. “She’s overcome so much adversity, she’s a hardworking mom, and she’s a good mom. She serves our country. She’s in the military on reserve for the National Guard.”

Ray also works with women at Central Baptist Church who are struggling with similar past experiences.

“I never really thought that something in my past could actually help someone, so I’m just very thankful for that” Ray said.

She hopes not worrying about paying for a car will allow her to continue spreading God’s word.

“One of the biggest things I wanted to start doing last year was missions, and I couldn’t figure out how in the world am I going to fund that,” Ray said. “Well, now I have no excuse!”

(Re-posted from Jonesboro, AR Region 8 News.)

Here is Shereka’s story.

Shereka Ray is a young woman whose life story is one of determination and perseverance. Life has not been an easy path for Ms. Ray, yet through all the difficulties she has experienced in her twenty-six years, she approaches life with a positive attitude and a heartfelt desire to serve others.

Shereka grew up in Palestine, Arkansas where she completed high school in 2007. Ranked second in her graduating class, she was involved in numerous clubs, activities, and positions of leadership. Although Shereka excelled in high school in both academics and extra-curricular activities, she carried a large burden of which no one was aware. As a child Shereka had been sexually abused by a family member. The repercussions of this experience were difficult for Shereka and she consequently struggled to form and maintain healthy relationships. In addition to this, Shereka spent her childhood and teen years viewing herself as someone having no worth and dealing with a crippling amount of guilt.

Upon high school graduation Shereka joined the Army National Guard and began college at Arkansas State University. Becoming a nurse had long been Shereka’s ultimate goal, and now she was deeply committed to achieving this dream. At the end of her first semester, however, Shereka discovered she was pregnant. Unfortunately, the father of her child was physically abusive and Shereka soon found herself faced with the prospect of raising a child alone.

Aubrey was born prematurely on January 13, 2007 and Shereka’s life was forever changed. Due to her prematurity, Aubrey was delivered at UAMS where she then spent almost three months in the NICU. As a single mom Shereka faced the immediate health concerns that come with a premature child, as well as the long term repercussions of such a birth.

Once Aubrey was released from the hospital Shereka decided to put her dream of a college degree on hold in order to take complete responsibility for raising her child. As Aubrey grew and began to attend school, Shereka went back to college during the day and would then work at night to support both herself and her daughter. In addition to this, Shereka was still actively involved in the Army National Guard. Serving with the 39th Brigadier Support Battalion she spent one weekend per month and three weeks during the summer at drill in addition to attending college, a full time job, and raising young Aubrey.

Today, Aubrey is nine years old and Shereka has achieved her dream of becoming a nurse. She currently works at the St. Bernards GI Clinic where she has been employed for the past five years. Having achieved her first goal Shereka now hopes to return to college, continue her education, and obtain another degree and RN designation.

To answer the question as to why Shereka deserves this recognition, the answer is that she has spent her life serving others both selflessly and with humility. Her story is certainly one of overcoming obstacles and perseverance. She has currently served in the National Guard for eleven years and plans to remain for at least ten more. Shereka has such a shining and positive personality. She says that her life consists of serving the Lord, raising her daughter, and serving others.

Shereka Ray is also a facilitator for Central Baptist Church’s “Mending the Soul” ministry which assists victims of physical and sexual abuse in their recovery. She also volunteers at Arkansas’ McPherson Prison where she ministers to ladies whose life circumstances often involve abuse and despair.

Shereka is a single mom who has made the best of her circumstances, ministers to others with a kind and loving spirit, and serves as an example to others. Her commitment to her daughter and those she ministers to are the primary reasons we desire that she receive this honor. Her servant heart, as well as her continual desire to use her story to help others, are such amazing representations of the blessing that Shereka’s life has become. We pray that through an opportunity such as this one, she would be able to spread that light even further and expand upon the work of blessing others that she has already begun.

Collage_1108G lowresPLANO, Texas – (BUSINESS WIRE) — Rent-A-Center, Inc. today announced the recipients of its Make-A-Difference Scholarship Program, in which $60,000 was awarded to 60 high school and undergraduate students across the country.

Program officials said they chose scholarship recipients based on a number of factors including academic and non-academic accomplishments, community activities, work experience, and educational and career goals. Out of the 250 applications, 20 recipients were coworker dependents, while the remaining 40 were either customers of Rent-a-Center or their children.

Juan Mercado, the son of an assistant manager of a Rent-A-Center, Inc. owned Get It Now store in Walworth, Wis., was happy about receiving the award.

“My mother cannot help me with my expenses because of the rent and basic bills that she needs to pay,” wrote Mercado in an email. “This scholarship will be used to fill the missing gap for my college expenses. I am very grateful to receive this scholarship and thankful for Rent-A-Center.”

Scholarship beneficiaries must pursue their first undergraduate degree at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, vocational school or technical school in the United States or Puerto Rico.

Rent-A-Center has donated more than $730,000 to hundreds of students through the Make-A-Difference Scholarship established in 2004.

“Supporting and empowering our customers, their children and our coworkers’ children is an investment in our future,” said Gina Hethcock, Rent-A-Center’s senior public and community relations manager. “Our goals are to help students get a step ahead and give back to our customers and coworkers for their loyalty and support.”

This year’s recipients were chosen from all Rent-A-Center, Inc. divisions including Get It Now, AcceptanceNOW and Rent-A-Center Franchising. 

The following is a list of recipients who have given permission for their names to be used in  media:
Mikalyia Trice, Abbeville, Ala.
Terrence Henderson, Phoenix, Ariz.
Bobbie Hogue, Merced, Calif.
Marlia Maniatis, Santa Ana, Calif.
Cheyenne, Mahon, Tamarac, Fla.
Jessica Trosper, Northwood, Iowa
Lissette, Hernandez, Ligonier, Ind.
Jolivette Williams, Shreveport, La.
Jennifer Moore, Bradley, Maine
Tyler Gray, W. Farminton, Maine
Emma Baxter, Randolph, N.J.
Jada Solomon, Newark, N.J.
Julia Rushlow, Norfolk, N.Y.
Harlee Rush, Roseville, Ohio
Kyla Ibarra, Muskogee, Okla.
McKenzie Gladney, Roland, Okla.
Christy Ridolfo, Chalfont, Pa.
Tyra Johnson, Cordova, Tenn.
Latoya Johnson, Fort Worth, Texas
Berenice Hinostroza, Dallas, Texas
Jason Maynard, Huntington, W. Va.
Katlynne Hytrek, Saratoga, Wyo.
Benito Komadina, Jr., Woolwich, N.J.
Abbigael Denman, The Colony, Texas
Julia Vasilyev, Frisco, Texas
Michael Vasilyev, Frisco, Texas
Shoshana Zhang, Frisco, Texas
Juan Mercado, Walworth, Wis.
Giovanni Knight, Chesapeake, Va.
Logan Matthews, Wilmington, N.C.
Stephanie Ibarra, Marana, Ariz.

Applications for Rent-A-Center’s Make-A-Difference Scholarship 2018 begin this December. For more information visit: http://usascholarships.com/rent-center-make-difference-scholarship-program/

A rent-to-own industry leader, Plano, Texas-based, Rent-A-Center, Inc. is focused on improving the quality of life for its customers by providing them the opportunity to obtain ownership of high-quality, durable products such as consumer electronics, appliances, computers, furniture and accessories, under flexible rental purchase agreements with no long-term obligation.

Media Contact:
Gina Hethcock
Public and Community Relations Manager
Gina.Hethcock@RentACenter.com
214-801-1424

 

Bowling for AutismColumbia, Missouri’s local news abc 17 KMIZ covered APRO’s own and MRDA President John Cleek, Jr. of Cleek’s Inc., dba Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership annual Bowling for Autism event.

abc 17 KMIZ reported the following: 

The 14th annual Bowling for Autism event was held Saturday at Town and Country Lanes in Columbia to raise money for a local nonprofit organization that provides services for families affected by the disorder.

All proceeds from the event, which also included a silent auction, go toward Easterseals Midwest.

John Cleek Jr., an event organizer who also has a son with autism, said the annual bowling event was expected to raise about $30,000 this year. Bowling for Autism has raised $330,000 since it began in 2003.

“I’m just very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over 14 years and hope to keep it going for many more years to come,” he said.

Easterseals Midwest also presented a $1,000 scholarship check for a participant who will be attending college in Missouri next semester.

Studies show 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism in the United States. Cleek said as the number of cases continue to grow so do the need for services.

“What they (Easterseals Midwest) do on a very limited budget is amazing,” he said. “This money just allows them to increase those services and buy additional equipment.”

April is Autism Awareness Month.

Click here to see the digital article along with a video of the event and interview with John Cleek, Jr.

Aaron's, Inc., a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron's and Progressive Leasing, surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati. As part of Aaron's three-year, $5 million partnership with Keystone, which inspires teens to "Own It" by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve, Aaron’s associates have remodeled 20 Keystone Teen Centers across the U.S. (PRNewsfoto/Aaron's, Inc.)

Aaron’s, Inc. and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati. As part of Aaron’s three-year, $5 million partnership with Keystone, which inspires teens to “Own It” by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve, Aaron’s associates have remodeled 20 Keystone Teen Centers across the U.S.

ATLANTA, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked on Monday painting, decorating and furnishing gaming, lounge and leadership programming spaces at the Club. On Wednesday, local Aaron’s associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the room: Heartthrob, Serious Gray, Black Magic and Alabaster.

“The U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club provides a safe and encouraging space for Cincinnati teens to achieve their goals and own their futures,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “On our 20th Teen Center renovation, Aaron’s is proud to once again support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America by providing these teens with the resources and technology that will allow them to excel as leaders in their community.”

Keystone teen members of the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati were surprised on Wednesday when associates from Aaron's, Inc., a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron's and Progressive Leasing, unveiled a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center. As part of Aaron's three-year, $5 million national partnership with Keystone, Aaron’s associates have remodeled 20 Keystone Teen Centers across the U.S. (PRNewsfoto/Aaron's, Inc.)

Keystone teen members of the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati were surprised on Wednesday when associates from Aaron’s, Inc. and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, unveiled a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center. As part of Aaron’s three-year, $5 million national partnership with Keystone, Aaron’s associates have remodeled 20 Keystone Teen Centers across the U.S.

Cincinnati Councilman Wendell Young attended the surprise unveiling and addressed the crowd. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has occupied a special place in my heart ever since I accepted my first job with the Club many years ago,” he said. “I grew up in Avondale and today, my wife and I still call this place home. Thanks to our community partners like Aaron’s, members of the U.S. Bank Club now have a well-equipped space that will inspire them to work hard and chase their dreams.”

In 2015, the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.

The 19 previous Keystone Club makeovers have included Boys & Girls Clubs in cities such as Los Angeles, San Antonio, Nashville, Las Vegas, Chicago and Miami. The makeover at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $26,000.

“Teens who participate in Boys & Girls Club programs see improvements in grades and graduation rates, preparing them for greater success as young adults,” said Valarie Pollard, Club Director of the U.S. Bank Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati. “With the support of Aaron’s, which has provided a state-of-the-art space for our club with new technology, furniture and appliances, our teens will learn and develop the skills that lead to successful futures.”

Aaron’s partnership with BGCA’s Keystone Program inspires teens to “Own It” by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron’s and Keystone Club “Own Your Future” campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path:  No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions:  Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community:  Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati, visit Aaron’s on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) and at www.AaronsGives.com.

About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. Aaron’s Business engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories through its more than 1,850 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada as well as its e-commerce platform Aarons.com. In addition, Progressive Leasing, a virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 22,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through federally insured banks. For more information, visit investor.aarons.com, Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.facebook.com/bgca.clubs and https://twitter.com/BGCA_Clubs.

Media Contact: Garet Hayes; garet.hayes@aarons.com; 678-402-3863

David David CASAAPRO’s second vice president David P. David of American Rental’s was recognized for the company’s support of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children in Monroe County. The recognition was covered by Bloomington Indiana’s local newspaper, The Herald-Times.

The article read as follows:

Kristin Bishay, executive director of Monroe County CASA, recently recognized David P. David of American Rental for the company’s continued support of CASA, including its presenting sponsorship of CASA’s annual gala, CASAblanca.

CASA staff, board and volunteers all give their sincerest thanks for American Rental’s support of children in Monroe County.

American Rental is at 1416 Liberty Drive in Bloomington. The company also has stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.

CASA is the only volunteer organization that empowers everyday citizens as officers of the court. CASAs are community volunteers who are professionally trained to gather information about the child and his/her family, identify needs and possible services, speak on behalf of the child in court, monitoring court orders and case plans to make sure that the case is moving forward.

To become a CASA advocate, please visit www.monroecountycasa.org/volunteer-application to download an application, or call 812-333-CASA for more information. Our next training begins May 4.

The Herald-Times Media Contact:
Bob Zaltsberg
Editor
rzaltsberg@heraldt.com
1900 S. Walnut St.
Bloomington, IN
812-331-4364

Sealy St JudeRecently, Tempur Sealy International donated more than 500 Tempur-Pedic mattresses and foundations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The 11 truckloads of beds are now being put to good use at Tri Delta Place and Target House, housing facilities for families of children receiving treatment at St. Jude.

“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital brings hope to so many families whose children are facing childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is our hope that these Tempur-Pedic beds provide needed rest, comfort and strength for those families,” said Scott Thompson, President, Chairman and CEO of Tempur Sealy International, Inc. “The reputation of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is known worldwide, and our team is truly honored to be able to assist such a wonderful organization in this way.”

ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, echoes that sentiment.

In 2016, Tempur Sealy donated more than 30,000 beds to charities, with a focus on children and families, military organizations and first responders. In 2017, the company will marks its 150,000th bed donation since 2011.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Media Contact:
Darren Peterson
Tempur+Sealy
Account Manager
(951) 378-2427

Associates from Aaron's, Inc., a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron's and Progressive Leasing, unveiled the newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Lied Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Las Vegas. Keystone is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier teen leadership program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creative positive change in their community. (Isaac Brekken/AP Images for Aaron's, Inc.)

Aaron’s, Inc. and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing surprised teens on Wednesday with this newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Lied Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada. As part of Aaron’s three-year, $5 million partnership with Keystone, which inspires teens to “Own It” by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve, Aaron’s associates have remodeled 19 Keystone Teen Centers across the U.S.

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Lied Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked on Monday painting, decorating and furnishing a computer study room, game zone, and lounge area at the Club. On Wednesday, local Aaron’s associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the rooms: Surfin Blue, Olympus White, Wishful Blue and Chalkboard Paint.

“Our 19th refresh in Las Vegas demonstrates Aaron’s continued commitment to helping teens across the country reach their full potential by providing the resources to allow them to grow as leaders in their communities,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “The Lied Clubhouse is vital for providing local teens a safe after-school space and we are certain this refresh will energize the club and attract more teen members who will become community leaders.”

Associates from Aaron's, Inc., a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron's and Progressive Leasing, unveiled the newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Lied Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Las Vegas. Keystone is Boys & Girls Clubs of America's premier teen leadership program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creative positive change in their community. (Isaac Brekken/AP Images for Aaron's, Inc.)

Keystone teen members of the Lied Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada were surprised on Wednesday when associates from Aaron’s, Inc., a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, unveiled a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center in Las Vegas. As part of Aaron’s three-year, $5 million national partnership with Keystone, Aaron’s associates have remodeled 19 Keystone Teen Centers across the U.S.

In 2015, the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.

The 18 previous Keystone Club makeovers have included Boys & Girls Clubs in cities such as Los Angeles, San Antonio, Nashville, Buffalo, Chicago and Miami. The makeover at the Lied Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $28,000.

“Thanks to our partnership with Aaron’s, our community has an improved and updated space for teens, as well as a shining example of how giving back can make a big change,” said Tomarco Glasper, Clubhouse Director of the Lied Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada. “We were so excited to see our members’ jubilant reaction to the remodeled club and we know it will inspire teens to work even harder to become leaders and own their futures.”

Aaron’s partnership with BGCA’s Keystone Program inspires teens to “Own It” by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron’s and Keystone Club “Own Your Future” campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path:  No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions:  Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community:  Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at the Lied Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, visit Aaron’s on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) and at www.AaronsGives.com.

About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. Aaron’s Business engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories through its more than 1,860 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada as well as its e-commerce platform Aarons.com. In addition, Progressive Leasing, a virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 22,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through federally insured banks. For more information, visit investor.aarons.com, Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.facebook.com/bgca.clubs and https://twitter.com/BGCA_Clubs.

 

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Georgia resident Lula Jobir and her son receive the keys to their new Habitat Home from former NFL star Warrick Dunn, founder of Warrick Dunn Charities (WDC), as part of the Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program.

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, provided the home furnishings this week for a Surprise Home Presentation to Snellville, Georgia resident Lula Jobir and her son as part of Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program sponsored by former NFL star Warrick Dunn and Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity.

“Aaron’s is excited to continue our meaningful partnership with Warrick Dunn Charities to help make a difference in single parents’ lives across the county,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “It’s clear that Lula has worked hard to achieve her dreams and we’re proud to contribute to her and her son’s bright futures by furnishing her new home with beds, furniture, electronics and appliances.”

Warrick Dunn Charities’ (WDC) Homes for the Holidays assists single parents in becoming first-time homeowners by providing the materials necessary for long-term stability and the provisions required to ensure that both parent and children can thrive educationally, socially and economically. To date, in partnership with Aaron’s and Habitat for Humanity affiliates, WDC and its sponsors have rewarded 154 single parents and over 400 children and dependents with the American Dream of first-time homeownership in 15 cities across the nation. This fall marks WDC’s 20th year in assisting single parents and their families through the Homes for the Holidays program.

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This featured bedroom is one of the rooms that Aaron’s, Inc. filled with furniture, electronics and appliances in Georgia resident Lula Jobir’s new Habitat home. The home, filled with furniture, electronics and appliances from Aaron’s, Inc.

Lula Jobir arrived in the United States 16 years ago as an Ethiopian immigrant seeking asylum from the country’s harsh politics, gaining her U.S. citizenship in 2011. She is moving out of a two-bedroom apartment she lived in with her mother, sister and son, with whom she shared a room. She works as a certified animal care tech at Emory University.

“Our fundamental goal at Warrick Dunn Charities is to provide single parents with financial stability and, thanks to Aaron’s, these families are able to begin their new lives with homes full of furniture, electronics and appliances,” said Dunn. “I began this charity as a tribute to my mother’s dream of homeownership and Lula embodies that dream with her dedication and unwavering enthusiasm every time she talks about living in her family’s new beautiful home.”

Aaron’s has been a longtime supporter of WDC initiatives and began contributing home furnishings, appliances and electronics to the Homes for the Holidays program in 2003. Warrick Dunn Charities, founded by former NFL star Warrick Dunn, was registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2002.

About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. Aaron’s Business engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories through its more than 1,860 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada as well as its e-commerce platform Aarons.com. In addition, Progressive Leasing, a virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 22,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through federally insured banks. For more information, visit investor.aarons.com, Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com.

About Warrick Dunn Charities
Warrick Dunn Charities provides hope and healing to communities through innovative programming inspired by our Founder’s life journey. Since 1997, the Homes for the Holidays program has awarded 154 single parents and over 400 children and dependents that have achieved first-time homeownership in Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, Baton Rouge, LA, Dallas, TX, Jacksonville, FL, Tallahassee and Tampa, FL Serving single-parent families nationwide, WDC and its partners have combated poverty, hunger and ensure families have basic necessities and comfortable surroundings to improve their quality of life. For more information, visit www.wdc.org.