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    Stylish Donors Make the Bon-Ton Goodwill® Sale a Success

    Donations Provide 275,000 Hours of Goodwill Services in Bon-Ton Local Communities

    ROCKVILLE, MD — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s or Younkers stores, one of the most charitable retailers in the country, encouraged customers to donate their gently used clothing to Goodwill to help people in the community looking for work. Customers of the Bon-Ton Stores’ 270 locations demonstrated their generosity during the sale from September 16, 2015 – October 3, 2015. For twenty-one consecutive years, Bon-Ton shoppers have donated clothing and textiles to benefit Goodwill’s job training and employment services. In exchange, they received discount coupons for every item donated to purchase the stylish new fall fashions and home merchandise at the Bon-Ton Stores.

    “Today’s shoppers want fashion at an affordable price and know they are doing good,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Through their donations, Bon-Ton shoppers show their strong support for Goodwill programs that help people find jobs and care for their families in their local communities.”

    Merchandise received by Bon-Ton stores is donated to Goodwill and sold in Goodwill’s retail locations. Revenues from those sales help fund job training and services to assist people in finding jobs and building their careers. Goodwill also uses the funds for support services including free tax preparation, financial education and youth mentoring. Both cash and merchandise donations from this fall’s Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale will provide an estimated 275,000 hours of Goodwill services to people who face challenges to finding employment.

    In exchange for each item donated, Bon-Ton shoppers received coupons for up to 25 percent off merchandise at their local Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s or Younkers stores. The discount applied to women’s, men’s and children’s apparel; shoes; handbags; home items; and luggage, with 15 percent off on cosmetics and fragrances.

    “Our customers know that when they shop at Bon-Ton, they will find the brands they love for the entire family as well as wonderful items for the entire home,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “They also know how important and easy it is to donate during the Goodwill Sale and help others in our community.”

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

    About Goodwill Industries International

    Goodwill Industries International is a network of 164 community-based member 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). Goodwills are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that help fund skills development, job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,000 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. In 2014, more than 426,000 people in the United States and Canada used Goodwill’s intensive one-on-one career services to prepare for employment. In addition, more than 24 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills.

    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.

    About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

    The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 270 stores, which includes nine 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.

    CONTACT:

    Charlene Sarmiento
    Goodwill Industries International
    (240) 333-5590
    charlene.sarmiento@goodwill.org

    Christine Hojnacki
    The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
    (262) 378-9354
    ‎christine.hojnacki@bonton.com

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