|Chicagoland Parks 'Score' with Staples and the Chicago Bears|
Dream Park Challenge to Give Chicago Parks a Chance to Win $25,000 for Improvements
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) has teamed up with the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Park District to launch the Staples Dream Park Challenge, a park improvement initiative involving 14 Jr. Bears parks in the Chicagoland area. Beginning at 12 noon (CDT) today, Chicagoland residents can visit http://www.StaplesDreamPark.com through Dec. 31, 2007 to support local youth and their area park by voting for one to win the Challenge.
The park with the most votes will receive $25,000; second place will receive $10,000 and third will get $5,000 to be directed toward park improvements. The remaining 11 parks will each receive $1,000. Chicagoland residents can vote once per day and are encouraged to pick up "Power Cards" at Staples stores to obtain 10 extra online votes.
The Dream Park Challenge winner will be announced Jan. 2, 2008 at http://www.StaplesDreamPark.com. In addition, the winning park will be revealed at a private park celebration to be held at Soldier Field this winter and attended by Charles Tillman of the Chicago Bears. Also, five individual winners will be invited to the celebration and get an opportunity to meet Charles Tillman.
"At Staples, we're committed to supporting our customers and the communities where they live and work," said Bob Wolfe, regional vice president of Staples. "By giving 14 Chicagoland parks the opportunity to receive funding for improvements, we hope to ensure these local parks continue serving as safe, fun places for children to learn and communities to grow."
"For many kids, the park is the only sanctuary they know, and sports can be a relief from the challenges they face every day," said Caroline Guip, Director of Community Relations for the Chicago Bears. "The more appealing we can make our parks, the more kids will be encouraged to play, exercise and meet new friends. They might even discover a fun sport that motivates them to be their best on and off the field."
The parks were selected based on their overall need, usage and input from city and county park employees. Residents can visit http://www.StaplesDreamPark.com for full details or http://www.staples.com for store locations.
Staples continues to demonstrate its commitment to Chicagoland by investing in grassroots local community organizations in proximity to its stores. Since it first opened its doors in Chicagoland, Staples has donated $500,000 to educational non-profit organizations in the area. Each Chicagoland store location has adopted a local non-profit partner by contributing funds or providing much-needed support, such as office product donations.
Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 69,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2005 sales of $16.1 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 22 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates more than 1,800 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at http://www.staples.com .
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