Monday, May 09, 2005

bfi Participates in 6th Annual Box-A-Thon Charity Event

NEW YORK, NY (MAY 9, 2005) – Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi), one of the New York Metropolitan area’s largest office furniture dealerships, recently participated in the 6th Annual Design Literature and Sample Box-A-Thon. The Box-A-Thon, run by Info Edge and SpecSimple.com, enlists the help of New York’s busiest design firms and furniture dealers to help support some of the finest New York area design schools.

“Participating in our first Box-A-Thon was just a phenomenal experience,” said Susan Luss, architecture and design business development manager for bfi. “We were able to not only raise a lot of money, but to also provide students with a tremendous amount of supplies and samples, which will truly enhance their learning experience throughout college. It was great to participate with so many different peers of the design and furniture industry, and we’re looking forward to being involved with such a meaningful event in the future.”

A huge success, this year’s Box-A-Thon recruited the help of more than 75 firms, the donation of more than 300 boxes of materials, and raised more than $7,000 to be donated to the participating schools. An added benefit is that materials, which would have otherwise been thrown away, are now saved and recycled in their use at the various design schools.

The Box-A-Thon, in its sixth year of operation, is a unique charity event that benefits design schools and the design industry alike. It begins when architecture and design firms box various excess supplies including resource books, fabrics, samples, brochures, and various professional design materials. bfi and other furniture dealers then transport the boxes to the participating schools. These supplies are used throughout the semester by architecture and design students as cost effective training materials and manuals. In addition to donating supplies, firms were given the opportunity to pledge $25 per box, the proceeds of which go to scholarship and material funds for the participating schools.

For over 50 years, Business Furniture, Inc. (bfi) has been a leader in furniture specification and furniture project management markets. With offices in Elizabeth, Cranbury and Parsippany, New Jersey, New York City and Melville, Long Island, bfi is a nationwide organization offering product and service procurement, delivery and installation, furniture inventory and reconfiguration services and 24/7 on-line customer service. Representing over 200 office furniture manufacturers and recognized as one of America’s largest Herman Miller, Inc. dealerships, bfi employs over 150 professionals serving a diverse customer base in the corporate, governmental, architectural and design and real estate sectors.

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