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Schneiderman's Furniture event raises money for Bridging

Non-profit group provides goods to Twin City families
PLYMOUTH, Minn. — The Schneiderman's Furniture Rocks for Bridging event here raised nearly $4,000 for a non-profit organization that provides furniture and other household goods to economically disadvantaged people in the Twin Cities area.
 Larry Schneiderman and Fran HeitzmanLarry Schneiderman, left, Schneiderman’s Furniture, Lakeville, Minn., sits with Fran Heitzman, founder of the nonprofit organization Bridging. A store event benefited the group, which each year provides furniture and other household goods to more than 5,100 needy families in the Twin Cities.
 Schneidermans Tupperware tower contestKids compete at building Tupperware Towers blindfolded for the Schneiderman’s Furniture Rocks for Bridging charity event at the Plymouth, Minn., store.
 Schneidermans silent auctionConsumers scout out furniture, bedding and accessories available at a silent auction during of the Schneiderman’s Furniture Rocks for Bridging charity event at Schneiderman’s.
 Schneidermans rocking contestChildren get ready to rock in a Rock-A-Thon contest during a charity event at Schneiderman’s Furniture’s Plymouth, Minn., store.

At the May 1 event at Schneiderman's Plymouth showroom, consumers could make a suggested $5 donation (all going to Bloomington, Minn.-based Bridging) and participate in a variety of games and activities, including a Rock-A-Thon competition, where the person who clocked the most rocks on a rocking chair in a two-minute period won a prize.

Participants also played musical chairs, competed in a Tupperware Tower contest and bid on home furnishings items from the retailer during a silent auction. Prizes included movie tickets and restaurant and other gift certificates. Guests also could enter drawings for a Nintendo Wii system from Comcast, a certificate for a 6-foot Subway giant sub as well as other gift certificates from the retailer.

In addition Bridging held a product drive in Schneiderman's parking lot, with Subway gift certificates for each donor.

"With the help of many of our vendors (Ekornes, Sealy and Flexsteel just to name a few) who donated items for the silent auction and from customer donations, we raised over $3,800 for Bridging, plus a truckload of furniture and household items were donated by our customers and Schneiderman's employees," the retailer said in an email.

"We are very happy with the results ... and are looking forward to making it an annual occurrence."

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