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American Heart Association recognizes Kinney Drugs as top regional fundraiser

BY Antoinette Alexander

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — Kinney Drugs, which operates 100 drug stores in Central and Northern New York and Vermont, was recently recognized by the American Heart Association as the top fundraiser in its region as it presented the organization with a $17,420 check in support of the “Go Red for Women” movement.

The money raised is the result of an effort coordinated by Kinney Drugs during its month-long heart health initiative hosted at each of its 100 locations.

The company raised more than $10,000 by asking customers to make a donation in exchange for a red dress pin, the symbol of the “Go Red for Women” movement. Kinney Drugs also collected funds through several additional efforts, including vendor contributions, a chocolate bar sale and an employee fundraiser.

“This initiative was created not only to raise awareness about heart disease, but to take action against this silent killer,” said Jim Spencer, president of Kinney Drugs stores. “Our success is owed to the thousands of customers and employees who came together to support heart health in our communities.”

"We are steadfast supporters of the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women,” stated Bridget-Ann Hart, president and CEO of KPH Healthcare Services and member of the 2014 American Heart Association Go Red for Women leadership team. “As a pharmacy healthcare company, we are proud to promote heart health among our patients.”

The company’s initiative was developed with the American Heart Association to build awareness about the dangers of heart disease, provide resources for employees and customers to improve their heart health and help raise money for the “Go Red for Women” movement. The money raised will be used by the American Heart Association to support communities throughout New York and Vermont that are served by Kinney Drugs.
 

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Diplomat Pharmacy registers to file IPO

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy on Thursday announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be sold and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined.
 
Credit Suisse Securities and Morgan Stanley are acting as lead book-running managers. Additional book-running managers are J.P. Morgan Securities and Wells Fargo Securities. 
 
William Blair & Company and Leerink Partners are acting as co-managers.
 
Diplomat Diplomat serves patients and physicians in all 50 states as one of the nation's largest independent specialty pharmacies. Headquartered in Flint, Mich., the company focuses on medication management programs for people with specialized, long-term medical needs, including oncology, immunology, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, HIV, infusion therapy and many other serious or chronic conditions. Diplomat opened its doors in 1975 as a neighborhood pharmacy. 
 

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Jewel-Osco donates more than $100K to support Muscular Dystrophy Association

BY Antoinette Alexander

ITASCA, Ill. — With the generosity from thousands of Jewel-Osco shoppers, the company recently presented the Muscular Dystrophy Association with a check for $110,000 in funds donated by Jewel-Osco shoppers for use toward the organization’s Summer Camp program.

Jewel-Osco shoppers were able to donate $1, $3 or $5 at the register from May 1 through 31. Thanks for the donations, more than 130 children will go to MDA Summer Camp this year paid for by these funds.

The Jewel-Osco store team presented the check to MDA representatives in Chicago during the store’s grand re-opening on June 25. Jewel-Osco grand opened five new store locations on June 24, and unveiled 14 total grand re-openings on June 25.

At MDA camp, kids with neuromuscular disease discover a world created specifically for them, and meet many other kids sharing the same needs and experiences. The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other neuromuscular diseases. MDA funds worldwide research; provides healthcare services and support to MDA families nationwide; and rallies communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

The MDA mobile program benefits local families affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases by helping to support MDA’s programs of research and healthcare services, including sending local kids to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in Hudson, Ill.
 

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