Retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda greet new St. Louis homeowner Kamerial and her children before a surprise unveiling of a home full of furniture donated by Aaron’s, Inc. and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing. The awarded home was a result of a partnership of Aaron’s, U-Haul, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis, and Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda’s First Things First Foundation (FTFF).

Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, contributed the furnishings for a July surprise home presentation to St. Louis resident Kamerial as part of the company’s ongoing partnership with the “Homes for the Holidays” program.

The awarded home was a result of a partnership of Aaron’s, U-Haul, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis, and retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, his wife Brenda, and their First Things First Foundation (FTFF). This was the 44th family to be surprised by FTFF’s “Homes for the Holidays” program.

“Aaron’s takes great joy in joining with Kurt Warner’s First Things First Foundation and Habitat for Humanity once again to provide a safe and stable home to a family in need,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “We are committed to giving back to communities across the country and we know Kamerial and her children will enjoy their new home for many years.”

The home was presented to Kamerial and her two daughters, 10-year-old Heaven and one-year-old Spirit. Before receiving their new home, the family lived in apartments with little space for the children to play. They look forward to making new memories in their new two-story home and spacious backyard. Kamerial works as a registered medical assistant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and also styles hair on the weekends to make ends meet.

Unbeknownst to Kamerial’s family, their new home was fully furnished, including furniture, a washer and dryer, and technology, with an approximate total retail value of $10,000 thanks to Aaron’s.

Aaron’s, Inc., a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing, contributed the furnishings for a July surprise home presentation to St. Louis resident Kamerial as part of the company’s ongoing partnership with the “Homes for the Holidays” program.

The “Homes for the Holidays” program was initiated in 1997 by former NFL running back Warrick Dunn.  In St. Louis, the First Things First Foundation teams with community organizations dedicated to affordable homeownership such as Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis to find eligible candidates who are working hard to better their lives and those of their children by taking the necessary steps to buy a new home. Nomination forms are completed by affordable housing representatives and reviewed and selected by the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation.  The First Things First Foundation has surprised a total of 44 families with a cumulative 104 children with “Homes for the Holidays” in St. Louis(20), Iowa (4), New Jersey (1) and Arizona (19).

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 the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation
Established in 2001, the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity serving as a vehicle for Kurt and Brenda Warner to reach out to the community and share their blessings with those in need.  The First Things First Foundation is dedicated to impacting lives by promoting Christian values, sharing experiences and providing opportunities to encourage everyone that all things are possible when people seek to put “first things first.” Additional information is available at www.kurtwarner.org.

About Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to provide safe, decent and affordable housing in the St. Louis community. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. With more than 335 homes already built, Habitat is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. Sponsors include corporations, organizations, religious groups, and individuals. According to the USGBC, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is the largest producer of LEED Certified Platinum single-family detached homes in the United States. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis can be found on-line at: www.habitatstl.org; twitter @habitatstl; and blog www.habitatstl.org/blog.

SOURCE Aaron’s, Inc.

BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp. and its workers gained recognition Thursday from Gov. Rick Snyder for their community service efforts.

Snyder will award Whirlpool with a Governor’s Service Award during an Aug. 21 ceremony at the Detroit Opera House. Whirlpool was among six businesses cited in the Corporate Community Leader category.

Snyder will give awards to 49 recipients across 10 categories.

“These individuals and organizations are role models. … The impact they have on other people’s lives is incredible,” the governor stated in a press release. “They show us how to overcome obstacles and do good things for other people.”

Whirlpool issued a statement Thursday saying the company appreciates the recognition.

“We are honored to win a Governor’s Service Award. Supporting communities is an essential part of who we are as a company. We are very proud of our many employees who volunteer their time at local organizations to help our community continue to be a great place to live and work,” according to the company statement.

The awards are coordinated by the Michigan Community Service Commission, a part of the Michigan Department for Human Services. The commission is the state’s lead agency on volunteerism.

Thursday’s announcement marks the 25th anniversary for the awards.

Source: http://www.heraldpalladium.com/

Premier Rental-Purchase, Cumming Georgia’s hometown home furnishings store, hosted their first Community Days Saturday, June 24th in front of their store location.

Community Days was created by Douglas Belt, owner of the local Premier Rental-Purchase store. The event is designed to help generate awareness and raise donations for local charities. Participating charities included: Humane Society of Forsyth County, SAFFT, Food for Thought Project, Hydrocephalus Foundation, The Place of Forsyth County Inc., and 501st Georgia Garrison.  Food, beverages, games and entertainment was available for the community to enjoy, have some fun and support the local charities. The event generated $1,000 in combined donations.

The local businesses came together to support the event. Giorgio’s, Los Rios, Minuteman Press, Chick-fil-A, Mr. Bubblis Car Wash, Marie’s Italian Deli, Texas Roadhouse, Stars & Strikes and Forsyth Central Football Team all pitched in to donate prizes or their services.

“We’re not only a home furnishings store. We live, work and support our community in any capacity that we can,” said Belt. “We will make Community Days an annual event. It is already scheduled for next June!”

Premier Rental-Purchase offers a better way to buy furniture, appliances, computers, and electronics. Premier Rental-Purchase offers name brands and quality merchandise at affordable cash prices. Whatever your home furnishing need is, Premier Rental- Purchase can help.

Media Contact:
Nancy Price
5248 Olde Towne Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone (703) 909-1762

 

Being in high school is tough today. It is a time of growth, fostering relationships, fitting in, and figuring out what you want to be when you grow up. Whirlpool Corporation wants to help local high school students with all of these goals.

Local high schoolers in Benton Harbor and Saint Joseph, Michigan have the advantage of the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world being in their backyard, but the majority of high schoolers do not have a good understanding of what careers are available, nor what Whirlpool Corporation is all about. “We are here to bridge that gap and give opportunities for student to grow at Whirlpool,” said program manager, Chris Chisek.

The Young Future Leaders in Training program, which is being facilitated by the Whirlpool Women’s Network Education Pillar in partnership with the Engineering High School Internship Team, wants to help high schoolers identify possible careers while they are still in high school. The first step in exploring careers is to understand what you enjoy and what you’re good at doing.

Internships are temporary, supervised assignments designed to give students practical job training. They help students determine what career path they would like to pursue, which is invaluable to determine before they head down a college career path and have to adjust later. According to the Education Advisory Board, as many as eighty-percent of students will switch majors during college. The more we can provide students with hands-on learning experience, the better they will be prepared to be successful in the work force.

Tyler Brant is a prime example of utilizing his work experience at Whirlpool Corporation to determine his career path. Tyler joined us last summer in the Engineering internship program.  Through his experience of building Vessi prototypes, he found a passion for the business facets of product development. Tyler graduated a few weeks ago from Watervliet High School, and this summer he will return to Whirlpool Corporation to work for the Laundry Launch Execution team, where he will assist the team in creating future laundry product plans.

Forty-two high school students participating in the internship program started at Whirlpool Corporation on June 12th. The program lasts for 8 weeks. Thirty-one of the students will work in the engineering field and eleven will work in the business areas.

“The Women’s Network piloted four students in the business area last summer and we were blown away with the accomplishments of the students and the value they brought to Whirlpool in a few short weeks,” said Dawn C. Smith, Senior Licensing Category Manager. “Based on the successful pilot and the survey results from Whirlpool employees, our hope is to continue to broaden the program year after year.”

“This program is a win/win for Whirlpool Corporation and for the students. We have an opportunity to pay it forward and mentor the students, while they provide invaluable insights into our product plans,” offered Ellen Dutton, Product Marketing Manager. “The purpose of thinking about career paths early is so that when you do enter the workforce, you wake up every morning looking forward to going to work. If job shadowing gives you a taste of what an occupation is like, imagine how helpful getting hands-on experience could be.”

To learn more about U.S. student programs and internships at Whirlpool Corporation, visit jobs.whirlpool.com.

Source: Whirlpool Corporation

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.

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