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Aaron’s, Progressive Set Makeovers for Boys & Girls Club Locations

Aaron’s Inc. and its Progressive Leasing unit have named the Boys & Girls Clubs of America locations that will receive a makeover during the next 12 months as part of the company’s multiyear partnership with the organization.

Each makeover will include a donation of about $20,000 worth of furniture, electronics and appliances. In addition, employees of Aaron’s and Progressive will repaint the clubs, install the furniture, and create lounge, game and study spaces where teens can safely meet after school.

"The Aaron's partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America is one of the most important philanthropic commitments in our company's history," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "Now in our third year of partnership, we see not only the tremendous benefits these makeovers offer teens and their communities but how much these giving opportunities have become a great experience for our associates to make a positive impact. It's vital that we help provide inspiring and life-changing resources to our teens now through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America programs."

Clubs in Wake Forest, N.C., Hartford, Conn., Baltimore, Oklahoma City, and Middlebury, Ind., already have been chosen for makeovers, and three others will be named later as part of the annual “We Own Friday” teen outreach program.

Clubs retaining and recruiting the most teens are chosen for surprise makeovers in which Aaron's associates paint, decorate and furnish the clubs' Teen Centers.

"Our partnership with Aaron's supports essential renovations for Boys & Girls Clubs across the country," said Jim Clark, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe and fun place for kids and teens to go during the out-of-school time to connect with caring, trained professionals and, thanks to many corporate partners like Aaron's, they also receive invaluable support advocating for and encouraging them along the way."

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