NEW YORK, NY – (July 22, 2019) – Continuing their efforts to strengthen Tri-State communities, NBC 4 New York / WNBC and Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU joined with Raymour & Flanigan to announce their third annual Supporting our Schools school supply drive. Continuing through Sunday, August 18, the massive, Tri-State campaign will feature a special, one day call-to-action this Saturday, July 27 at more than 60 Raymour & Flanigan locations across the Tri-State area. All supplies collected will be distributed to local students by the United Way and local Boys & Girls Clubs.
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“Purchasing school supplies can create a financial strain on families. The average cost of backpacks, notebooks and other important learning materials can often exceed $500 per child. This is why the school supplies donated through WNBC’s Supporting our Schools supply drive are so important – and why we encourage viewers to visit a Raymour & Flanigan location this Saturday to help a local student in need,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.
In 2018, viewers donated 23,175 individual supply items to students across the Tri-State area, including backpacks, notebooks and boxes of writing material. This was an increase of 60% from the campaign’s kick-off in 2017, when 15,709 individual supply items were collected.
“To succeed in school, our students need the tools to learn. Telemundo 47 recognizes that the cost of school supplies are often out-of-reach for many of our viewers. We also know that teachers frequently dip into their own pockets to help their students. Working together with Raymour & Flanigan, our Apoyando a Nuestras Escuelas school supply drive will help prepare even more students for growth and success in the classroom – and beyond,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.
Throughout the campaign, Raymour & Flanigan will host school supply collections at their 62 Tri-State locations. This is the third year that Raymour & Flanigan has served as the lead sponsor of the Tri-State campaign. Based on the growth and success of this drive across the Tri-State, Raymour & Flanigan has expanded their partnership with NBC and Telemundo stations into Philadelphia and Hartford, in addition to portions of Upstate New York.
“Giving back and supporting the communities we call home is at the very core of our company culture. Our associates and managers look forward to this important campaign each year and we cannot wait to join NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 in Supporting our Schools across the Tri-State area,” said Liz Dwyer, Director of Media & Special Events for Raymour & Flanigan.
NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47’s Supporting Our Schools supply donations drive is one of many key, signature community initiatives supporting viewers across the Tri-State area. This includes the popular Weather Kids weather safety education program, which has provided personalized weather safety instruction for more than 2,000 students at 31 elementary schools across the Tri-State area. It also includes the annual Project Innovation grant challenge, rewarding local non-profits using innovative approaches to solve everyday challenges, as well as Clear The Shelters™, the station’s popular pet adoption drive that returns to the Tri-State area on August 17 for a fifth year in a row.
Supporting Our Schools is a month-long classroom needs awareness campaign spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal that includes NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47. Since 2017, NBC and Telemundo owned stations in the U.S., and Puerto Rico have raised more than $2.7 million in cash and collcted nearly one million school supplies for teachers and students in need. To learn about “Supporting Our Schools” efforts, visit SupportingOurSchools.com or ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.com and follow the efforts on social media by following @NBCNewYork, @Telemundo47 and hashtags #SupportingOurSchools / #ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.
About NBC 4 New York / WNBC
NBC 4 New York / WNBC is the flagship station of the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, serving the New York Tri-State area with an unparalleled commitment to broadcast excellence for 75 years.
The station features New York’s largest investigative reporting team, the I-Team and includes Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award-winning journalists who successfully track down the answers to the questions most important to viewers. Storm Team 4, the station’s trusted weather team, utilizes the most accurate and the most powerful weather technology available to keep Tri-State viewers informed and safe when severe weather strikes. This includes StormTracker 4, the only commercial high-frequency S-Band dual polarization fixed Doppler weather radar operating in the Northeast.
In addition to NBC 4 New York’s primary channel, other programming outlets include COZI TV, the station’s multicast channel, and out-of-home platforms, including TV screens in taxi cabs, elevators and aboard New York-New Jersey PATH trains. The station also delivers news and information across all platforms, including its dedicated website, mobile app and social media platforms. For more information about NBC 4 New York, visit NBCNewYork.com.
About Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU
Telemundo 47 / WNJU is the Telemundo television station serving Spanish-speaking viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for more than 50 years. The Tri-State’s Spanish-language broadcasting channel for soccer, Telemundo 47 will offer exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2022 and 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup™ tournaments, and the 2025 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ tournament.
Delivering more than 27 hours of locally-produced news, information and entertainment programing each week, Telemundo 47 offers comprehensive breaking news coverage and features the New York market’s only team of bilingual meteorologists, La Autoridad en El Tiempo, who use cutting-edge technology to keep viewers and their families safe and informed. This includes Tele Doppler 47, con tecnología S band, the most powerful and most accurate weather technology available.
Telemundo 47’s local consumer investigative unit, Telemundo Responde, returns every telephone call, responds to every electronic inquiry and has recovered over $1.5 million for local viewers. The station also features Acceso Total, the region’s only local entertainment variety program with TeleXitos, the station’s multicast network, offering viewers many beloved, iconic television series in an easy-to-watch, comfortable Spanish-language format.
As a station, Telemundo 47 demonstrates its commitment to the communities it serves by cultivating local partnerships with organizations that reflect the diversity of the local market. Telemundo 47 also provides news and information across all platforms, online at Telemundo47.com, and via its dedicated mobile app and across social media.
About Raymour & Flanigan
Established in Upstate N.Y. in 1947, the family-owned furniture and mattress retailer has over 120 locations throughout the Northeast. Raymour & Flanigan has built its identity not only by offering quality furnishings and fast delivery, but by embracing its social responsibility through community giving and extensive in-house recycling. For more information, visit www.raymourflanigan.com or become a fan on Facebook.
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