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

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“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 Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.

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 to Goodwill 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 your local Goodwill® organization. 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.

Here are a few popular donation needs:

  •     Men’s and Ladies’ shirts & blouses
  •     Skirts
  •     Dresses
  •     Men’s and Ladies’ denim
  •     Men’s and Ladies’ business suits
  •     Men’s, Ladies’ and kids outerwear
  •     Shoes (athletic, dress, and casual)
  •     Jewelry
  •     Accessories, belts, scarves, hats
  •     Soft home goods such as blankets
  •     Luggage

“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 Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “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. 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. Shop the five new trends of the season:

  •     So Blue: Shades of blue from sky to navy
  •     Pick Flowers: Bold watercolors to subtle blooms
  •     Bold and Graphic: Colorful unexpected patterns and stripes
  •     White Hot: Crisp, cool and timeless
  •     70’s Revival: Modern looks with retro flare

Another beautiful reward is receiving 15 percent off your favorite cosmetics like Estee Lauder, Clinique and Lancôme. Offers are valid at any Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s or Younkers stores and online.

#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 http://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 http://www.goodwill.org/bonton or http://www.bonton.com/goodwill.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 164 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. Goodwill is one of America’s top 20 most inspiring companies (Forbes, 2014). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,000 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill agencies also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, more than 426,000 people in the United States and Canada used Goodwill’s intensive one-on-one career services to prepare for employment. In addition, more than 24 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.

To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at Goodwill.org, use the Goodwill Locator app at goodwill.org/apps or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.

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
Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com

Charlene Sarmiento
Goodwill Industries International, PR Program Manager
(240) 333-5590
charlene.sarmiento@goodwill.org

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