ADL Partners with Gordmans in National Effort to Combat Hatred and Bullying

Throughout August, Gordmans will Join ADL in a Call to Action Encouraging Individuals, Parents, Teachers and Students to Take a Stand Against Bullying and Prejudice in Schools

New York, NY, August 6, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Gordmans, Inc., an apparel and home décor retailer with 90 stores in 19 states, are teaming up to promote ADL’s No Place for Hate® initiative to help eradicate hatred, prejudice and bullying as students and teachers prepare to head back to school this fall.

Through the month of August, Gordmans will join ADL in a call to action encouraging individuals, parents, teachers and students to take a stand against bullying and prejudice in schools and communities. Guests at Gordmans stores are invited to purchase “Helping Hands” for $1 each or more in support of the initiative. Every dollar raised will directly benefit ADL’s No Place for Hate® anti-bullying initiatives.

“This public-private partnership provides schools and communities with an organizing framework for combating bullying and bias, leading to long-term solutions for creating a positive climate that is inclusive and safe for all,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “Like ADL, Gordmans is a nearly century-old company that has a clear commitment to make a difference in the communities it serves. As ADL celebrates our centennial, there’s a great synergy in our partnership and shared effort to combat hatred and bullying.”

“The back-to-school shopping season is an ideal time to raise awareness of and take a stand against bullying and prejudice in schools. Research shows that one-third of our youth have been bullied and one out of six has been cyberbullied,” said Jeff Gordman, President and CEO of Gordmans. “We are proud to partner with the Anti-Defamation League because its proven bullying prevention programs have helped schools become more inclusive and welcoming to all. We invite Gordmans’ guests to join us in this important effort to help students feel safe at school so they can learn and thrive.”

At Gordmans’ retail locations across the country, the  “Helping Hands” purchased by guests will be displayed in the stores, helping to raise awareness of the problem of bullying and its consequences and to inspire the public to take a stand against hate. Both ADL and Gordmans will be promoting the campaign via Facebook and Twitter.

ADL’s nationally recognized No Place for Hate® initiative and A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute® anti-bullying programs enable schools to promote respect for individual and group differences while challenging prejudice and bigotry. 

ADL’s education programs have reached more than 58 million adults and children with anti-bias educational programming.  Last year, ADL trained nearly 2,800 educators and administrators with bullying and cyberbullying prevention workshops, and the League reached an additional 37,000 elementary and secondary school students across the country in 2012 with bullying prevention and anti-bias assembly programs. More than 1,500 K-12 schools across the country have been officially designated as No Place for Hate® for their anti-bias efforts.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.  Follow us on Twitter, @ADL_News.

Gordmans (NASDAQ: GMAN) features a large selection of the latest name brands, fashions and styles at up to 60 percent off department and specialty store prices every day. The wide range of merchandise includes name brand apparel for all ages, footwear, handbags, fragrances, accessories, wall art, accent furniture, tabletop décor, floral and garden, candles, toys and more. Founded in 1915, Gordmans operates 90 stores in 52 markets and 19 states. Gordmans is ranked No. 29 on the 2012 Forbes magazine list of America’s 100 best small-cap companies. For more information about Gordmans, visit Join the conversation on Gordmans’ Facebook and Twitter, @gordmans.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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