Hornets, Ashley HomeStore hosted 100 children at “Hoops and Dreams” event

The Charlotte Hornets and regional Ashley HomeStore licensee Broad River Retail partnered with local non-profit Beds for Kids for the fourth annual Hoops and Dreams Event at Spectrum Center this past Saturday.

One hundred children ages 2-17 and their parents were invited to the arena for the unique and engaging event. Following lunch with Hugo and the Honey Bees, Broad River’s President and CEO Charlie Malouf and Beds for Kids Executive Director Daniel Fogarty delivered a surprising announcement. The delighted children learned that while they were enjoying their choice of a basketball clinic on the Hornets’ Court or a dance clinic with the Honey Bees, volunteers were delivering a complete new twin bed for each of them to their homes. Each child was given a new twin mattress and box spring, sheet set, pillow, pillow case and blanket.

“When these children left home this morning, they had been sleeping on the floor – most of them for their entire lives. We are humbled by the opportunity to provide them with a good night’s sleep starting tonight,” commented Malouf. “We are The Official Furniture Store of the Charlotte Hornets, and this annual community event is the cornerstone of our partnership,” he added.

“In Charlotte, between 15,000 and 17,000 kids have no bed of their own. Yet we ask kids to perform well in school, have good behavior and pay attention when they’ve not been able to sleep well the night before. It’s a huge disadvantage. We’re working hard to change that,” added Fogarty. Beds for Kids was founded in 2011 to provide beds and essential household furniture to children and their families in need.

“This event represents the confluence of partners including McAllister’s Deli, Tempur-Sealy International, Bedgear, and GBS Enterprises who come together annually with us to make an impact on our community. It would not be possible without Beds for Kids and their many devoted volunteers who delivered and set up 100 beds in just a few hours, and another army of Broad River volunteers who served and played with the children at the arena,” said Malouf. “We are grateful to the Hornets, all our partners and volunteers for making this fourth annual event such a tremendous success.”

About Hornets Sports & Entertainment
Hornets Sports & Entertainment owns the Charlotte Hornets and Greensboro Swarm and operates Charlotte’s Spectrum Center. The Charlotte Hornets are a member of the NBA’s Southeast Division. Owned by NBA Legend Michael Jordan, the Hornets organization strives to deliver a relentless attack on the court, an unmatched experience in the stands and a positive impact throughout the community. The name of the city’s original NBA team from 1988-2002, the Hornets moniker returned to Charlotte in May 2014, uniting the rich history of NBA basketball in the Carolinas. The Greensboro Swarm are the NBA G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets and are entering their second season at the Fieldhouse at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Spectrum Center is the premier destination for sports and entertainment in the Carolinas, hosting over 150 sporting events, concerts and family shows annually. For more information, visit hornets.com, gsoswarm.com or spectrumcentercharlotte.com.

About Broad River Furniture
Broad River is one of Furniture Today’s Top 100 Furniture Stores. The Company was also recognized by Furniture Today as one of four Retail Giants of Bedding in the U.S. based on its achievements in the competitive mattress arena.

Founded in 2003 by Executive Chairman Jonathan Ishee and headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., Broad River Furniture is the regional licensee of 15 Ashley HomeStores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and one Ashley HomeStore outlet in Charlotte. The privately held Company employs over 500 at its stores, distribution center and corporate office.

About Beds for Kids
Founded in 2011, Beds for Kids is a 501©3 non-profit whose mission is to provide beds and essential furniture to children and their families in need. Since January 2011, Beds for Kids has delivered
7,298 beds and 65,980 total bed and furniture units to children and families in need in our community. Beds for Kids continues to serve families each year in an effective, long lasting and dignifying way. For more information about Beds for Kids, please visit bedsforkids.org.

For More Information Contact:
Josh Rosen, Director of Communications, Hornets Sports & Entertainment, 704-688-8863, jrosen@hornets.com or Karen McKenzie, Broad River Furniture, 803-228-4828, kmckenzie@shopashley.com