Three Great Reasons to Donate Items to Goodwill® and Shop during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale March 9 – 26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 1, 2016

Three Great Reasons to Donate Items to Goodwill® and Shop during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale March 9 – 26

Enter for a Chance to Win a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover

Lincoln, NE —The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores invites you to donate items and shop during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale beginning Wednesday, March 9 to Saturday, March 26.  Customers are encouraged to clean out their closets and bring clothing, shoes, accessories and other household textile donations to any of the 267 Bon-Ton store locations throughout the country to be donated to Goodwill® Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. Goodwill will then sell those items in its stores to help fund job placement and training programs for people who face challenges in finding employment in your community.

“Our customers look forward to the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale because it is an opportunity to receive great deals on the season’s newest trends while also helping their local communities,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores. “Our longstanding collaboration of more than 20 years with Goodwill is a hallmark of Bon-Ton’s commitment to helping people in every community we serve.”

Participating in the Goodwill Sale has never been so rewarding. Here are three great reasons to donate items and shop during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale:

#1 You will directly impact your community by donating to Goodwill. Donate gently used items for Goodwill at your local Bon-Ton Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s or Younkers department stores from Wednesday, March 9 to Saturday, March 26.  In 2015, Bon-Ton customer and associate donations generated the equivalent of more than 575,000 hours of Goodwill job training services for people in our local communities. Goodwill especially needs clothing and accessories.

 “The simple act of donating during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale has a positive and lasting impact on people in our communities who are looking for work,” said Molly Deaver, Communications Specialist of Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. “We are thankful for the generosity of Goodwill donors and Bon-Ton shoppers for helping Goodwill provide the services people need to build their careers and care for their families.”

Goodwill services include computer classes, financial education, skills development, mentoring and many others. Last year, more than 318,000 people earned jobs as a result of Goodwill programs nationally. In 2015, Bon-Ton and its customers contributed 4 million pounds to Goodwill locations throughout 26 states.

#2 It’s easy to donate and save on Spring fashions, beauty and home. Donors receive coupons for up to 25 percent off for every item donated. Customers can also receive three coupons for a five dollar donation to Goodwill.  Goodwill Sale coupons are valid on nearly everything in the store and can be used to purchase stylish New & Now spring merchandise, designer brands like Vince Camuto, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Coach and many more.  

#3 You have a chance to win a $100 Daily Prize and a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover. We believe doing good deserves to be rewarded. Consumers who visit the Million Acts of Goodwill website can enter for a chance to win a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover. To enter, visit www.millionactsofgoodwill.com and register to play the Spin to Win game. You could instantly win a $100 gift card—plus, each day you play, you will earn a chance to win a $15,000 Spring Style and Wardrobe Makeover. The winner will receive a consultation with a celebrity stylist from Visual Therapy, a closet review and edit and a shopping spree with the stylist at their local Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers department store.

To learn more about the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale, visit www.goodwill.org/bonton, www.lincolngoodwill.org or www.bonton.com/goodwill.

About Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska Inc.’s mission is willing workers employed and community resources maximized. Its programs support individuals with barriers to employment by providing services which equip them with the tools needed in order to obtain employment, thus adding to lower unemployment rates and less reliance on government assistance within the Lincoln community. Additionally, Goodwill contributes to an ecological balance through massive recycling efforts of unsalable textiles and other products. The community can support Goodwill all year long by donating their gently-used items, shopping at Goodwill Stores and making tax-deductible financial donations. The sale of donated goods remains the greatest source of funding for programs Goodwill provides. Learn more at www.lincolngoodwill.org.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.

CONTACTS:

Christine Hojnacki

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., VP of Public Relations

414.347.5329

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Molly Deaver

Communications Specialist Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.

(402) 438-2022 ext. 118

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Fourth Annual Neighborhood Challenge Dates Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2016
 
Goodwill® Announces Dates for Fourth Annual Neighborhood Challenge 
 
 
Lincoln, NE—Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. has announced intentions for the fourth annual Neighborhood Challenge. This year the event will take place between April 1st and July 17th, 2016.
 
The Neighborhood Challenge is a friendly competition to promote community involvement among the neighborhood associations and organizations of Lincoln. Last year the winning neighborhoods each expressed how they planned to strengthen their community with the prize money which included planting trees along Fletcher Boulevard in the Highlands and sponsoring the portable toilette at Herbert Park in the Meadowlane area. “It’s been really great working with Goodwill. They were very accommodating and made plans that worked best for our neighborhood. Everyone was so helpful, including their truck driver Mark. Goodwill is a great place to donate” said Myrna Coleman of the Highlands Neighborhood Association.
    
 “We are very excited to kick off this event again and to work with neighborhoods in ways that connect neighborhood members to each other and to Goodwill." said Amanda Hamilton, Communications Director for Goodwill. “The Neighborhood Challenge not only promotes and furthers our mission of serving those who struggle to find work, but also give the neighborhood communities a chance to strengthen their own neighborhoods.” 
 
Donations to Goodwill fund employment programs for individuals who face barriers to employment as well as help fund other organizations’ employment programs, including Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lincoln Literacy, Community Justice Center, and YWCA Job Outfitters. For more information about Goodwill’s Neighborhood Challenge, visit www.lincolngoodwill.org. 
 
About Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.’s mission is willing workers employed and community resources maximized. Its programs support individuals with barriers to employment by providing services which equip them with the tools needed in order to obtain employment, thus adding to lower unemployment rates and less reliance on government assistance within the Lincoln community. Additionally, Goodwill contributes to ecological balance through massive recycling efforts of unsalable textiles and other products.
 
The community can support Goodwill all year long by donating their gently-used items, shopping at Goodwill Stores and making tax-deductible financial donations. The sale of donated goods remains the greatest source of funding for programs Goodwill provides. Learn more at www.lincolngoodwill.org.
 
Contact
Devin Aksamit, Marketing Specialist 
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc.
(402) 438-2022 ext. 119
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2015 Public Safety Award Winners

2015 Public Safety Awards Winners Announced

 The Community Justice Center (CJC), announced its Public Safety Award Winners for 2015. Every year stand out businesses and individuals are identified by the Community Justice Center for their commitment and dedication to public safety within the community. For 16 years the CJC has been providing pre-treatment education classes addressing offenders Criminogenic Risk/Needs Factors via Victims Impact and Life Skills Classes. The Community Justice Center, Executive Director Jim Jones noted that “This year’s honorees have demonstrated their dedication and commitment to improve Public Safety in their communities via their powerful work with offenders and we are honored to recognize this year’s Honorees–we all can feel safer due to their work.”                                                                                          

Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. has been identified as the 2015 Public Safety Award Winner in the business category. In addition to Goodwill Industries support of CJC’s “Victims Impact and Life Skills Classes” - Goodwill provides inmates and released individual’s meaningful employment opportunities and soft skills training to assist with their transition back into society as contributing members of the community.   

The 2015 Individual Public Safety Award Winners are: Mary Alley, Parenting Coordinator at Nebraska Correctional Center for Women, Mark Danner, Unit 6 Administrator, Residential Treatment Center Nebraska State Penitentiary, Kevin Oliver, Recreation Manager, Lincoln Correctional Center. Jones added that; “It was tough making the selections this year many Nebraska Department of Corrections employees were deserving but these individuals uniquely demonstrated an ability to “Habilitate” individuals under their supervision while holding them accountable and reducing the likelihood of them re-offending!”

CJC is proud to recognize this year winners – Job Well Done and thank you for your commitment and service to Public Safety!

For more information about the Community Justice Center Award Winners please contact:

Jim Jones, Community Justice Center, 402-429-1050

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