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Huggable holiday heroes from Younker's benefit local Boys & Girls Clubs

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Customers can support their local Boys & Girls Clubs by purchasing the snowmen. Each one costs $4.99 in Nov. and $2.99 in Dec.

Customers can support their local Boys & Girls Clubs by purchasing the snowmen. Each one costs $4.99 in Nov. and $2.99 in Dec.

This holiday season, Younker’s introduces two highly likable heroes that are sure to win hearts. With help from the community, the twosome will help save the day for a local Boys & Girls Club member!

Younker’s is part of The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. which is donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of the 10 inch snowmen to local Boys & Girls. The Company also operates stores under the nameplates of Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Parisian (Detroit, MI area).

In its eighth year, the promotion has raised more than $850,000 for local Boys & Girls Clubs through fundraising events. The snowmen cost $4.99 each and will be sold throughout November and December, benefiting over 150 Clubs.

The current holiday promotion is part of the company’s ongoing charitable partnerships, both on national and local levels. "As the ‘hometown store,’ we’re committed to the communities where we live and work,” said Bud Bergren, President and CEO, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “By hosting special promotions such as our Snow Buddies, we and our customers help extend the positive impact the Boys & Girls Clubs has on so many children throughout the year.”

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operates 277 stores, which includes 11 furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates and, under the Parisian nameplate, three stores in the Detroit, Michigan area. The stores offer a broad assortment of brand-name fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. 

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Founded in 1938 by Grand Rapids Superintendent of Police Frank O’Malley, Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth engages youth in building positive and meaningful relationships with police officers, staff and adults through programs in the areas of recreation, education, leadership development, healthy life skills, arts, education and positive community services.  Boys & Girls Clubs offer programs and services that promote and enhance development by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. For more information about Grand Rapids Boys & Girls Clubs visit

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has been changing and saving young lives, providing hope and opportunity for kids who need them most. Today, some 4,000 Clubs serve some 4.8 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs can be found all across the country and on U.S. military bases throughout the world. Clubs provide young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff.  In communities large and small, Clubs positively impact lives and help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a recent Harris Survey of Club alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their life. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

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