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Spring Shoppers Donate More Than Two Million Pounds of Merchandise During the Bon-Ton Goodwill® Sale

Donations provide 303,000 hours of Goodwill training in local communities

MILWAUKEE, April 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Goodwill Sale donors and shoppers at The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT) 267 stores, including Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers locations, donated clothing, shoes, accessories and other household textiles weighing 2.1 million pounds during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale March 9 through March 26, 2016. This season’s donations will be sold in Goodwill stores and will generate approximately 10 million dollars in revenue enabling Goodwill to provide 303,000 hours of Goodwill job training and support services throughout the communities where Bon-Ton and Goodwill operate.

Customers were encouraged to clean out their closets and bring donation items to their local Goodwill or Bon-Ton Stores location. In return, donors received coupons up to 25 percent off for every item donated. Customers could also donate five dollars to receive three coupons.

"Donations during the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale help Goodwill provide critical job training services and support to citizens looking for employment," said Kim Zimmer, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of global development of Goodwill Industries International. "Bon-Ton’s commitment to serving their communities has a positive impact on thousands of people, helping them find jobs and care for their families.”

The partnership with Bon-Ton Stores is Goodwill's longest-running department store collaboration. For 22 consecutive years, the organizations have joined forces to give shoppers the opportunity to give back by donating during this biannual in-store event. In return, Bon-Ton provides special saving coupons to customers for each item donated. Events like the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale are vital to driving the donations and contributions that support Goodwill's work, which is based on the belief that the power of work can change lives, support family stability and improve communities.

“We are thrilled with the amount of donations we collected from our customers and associates during the Spring Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “At Bon-Ton, we are committed to giving back in every community we serve and we are proud to have made such an impact by helping people find jobs through Goodwill services.”

To learn more about the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale, visit www.goodwill.org/bonton or www.bonton.com/goodwill.

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.

For store locations and information visit www.bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle.

About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 164 community-based organizations 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 organizations 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 3,100 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations 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, Goodwill placed 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 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.

CONTACTS:
Christine Hojnacki, Vice President Public Relations
414.347.5329, cell 262.378.9354
Christine.Hojnacki@bonton.com

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

Source:The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.