Art Van Furniture recognized for assistance during Flint water crisis

Warren, Michigan-based furniture and mattress retailer Art Van Furniture has been recognized for its efforts during the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, with a 2017 Silver Stevie Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year.

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Diane Charles, Art Van’s vice president of corporate communications (pictured), accepted the award on the company’s behalf June 20 at the 15th annual American Business Awards banquet in New York. In early 2016, Art Van Furniture leveraged its more than 100 stores, thousands of team members and network of delivery trucks throughout the Midwest to collect and distribute more than 3 million bottles of water to the Flint community.

The retailer transported a total of 400 tons of bottled water over a 120-day period. Art Van Furniture also helped sponsor a telethon to raise money for medical treatment for thousands of children exposed to lead in Flint.

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