14 New Parks Will Compete for Cash Prize and a Victory Celebration
with Chicago Bear Matt Forte at Soldier Field
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 15, 2009--
Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced it has teamed up again with the
Chicago Bears to launch the third Staples
Dream Park Challenge, an initiative that makes it easy for
Chicagoland residents to win improvement money for their local parks.
Starting today, 14 parks will compete for the chance to win the grand
prize of $25,000 to be used for park improvements and a winner’s
celebration featuring Bears star Matt Forte at Soldier Field.
From now through Nov. 16, Chicagoland residents can vote once per day
for their local park at www.StaplesDreamPark.com,
and pick up a free “power card” at any Chicagoland
Staples store to have their online vote count 10 extra times.
Additional prizes include $10,000 and $5,000 in park improvements for
the first- and second-place runner-ups, respectively. The remaining 11
parks will receive $500 each for their participation.
“Parks are so important to both kids and their community,” said Forte.
“Growing up I spent a lot of time after school and on the weekends at my
local park playing ball with friends. Through this challenge, we are
giving communities the opportunity to win much-needed funds to
revitalize their parks and giving Chicagoland kids the same fun and safe
park experience that I enjoyed.”
This year, the Staples Dream Park Challenge is open to 14 parks, and
will once again include parks located in the Chicago suburbs as well as
the city. The participating parks were selected based on their overall
need, relationship with the Bears Jr. Bear Program, input from city and
county park employees and proximity to Staples operating areas.
Last year, Chicago residents cast more than 500,000 votes in the second
Staples Dream Park Challenge with the Bears. After a back and forth
battle with a rival that went down to the last day, Renwick Park in
Plainfield won the $25,000 grand prize, which is funding a new shade
structure and additional trees to beautify the park.
“Last year’s Challenge awarded more than $50,000 to improve Chicagoland
parks and help communities throughout the city,” said Bob Wolfe, Staples
regional vice president. “Staples is excited to team up with the Bears
again to make a positive difference in the lives of Chicago residents.”
The winning park will be announced in November. Details about the park
celebration ceremony hosted by Matt Forte and Staples will be provided
at a later date. Log on to www.StaplesDreamPark.com
for full details or www.staples.com
for store locations.
Staples continues to demonstrate its commitment to Chicagoland by
investing in local community
organizations. Since it first opened its doors in Chicagoland,
Staples has donated close to $600,000 to educational non-profit
organizations in the area.
Staples, the world’s largest office products company, is committed to
making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products,
including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With
2008 sales of $23 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples
serves businesses of all sizes and consumers in 27 countries throughout
North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In July 2008,
Staples acquired Corporate Express, one of the world’s leading suppliers
of office products to businesses and institutions. Staples invented the
office superstore concept in 1986 and is headquartered outside Boston.
More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.
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Jim Christman, 847-739-5221
Matt Forzley, 630-574-4824