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CompUSA, TigerDirect team to benefit breast cancer research on Black Friday

BY Jenna Duncan

MIAMI The Friday after Thanksgiving holiday, known as “Black Friday” because it is traditionally the busiest holiday shopping day of the year, is getting made over by CompUSA and TigerDirect to be “Pink Friday” this year. Pink Friday falls on Nov. 28 and the retailers said that they anticipate raising $250,000 or more in Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation for breast cancer research by collecting donations and contributing part of their total sales from the day.

During a live Webcast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Pink Friday on www.CompUSA.com and www.TigerDirect.com, many items will be sold at half price with 100 percent of their profits going to Komen for the Cure.

“Pink Friday is all about giving back to the community,” said Gilbert Fiorentino, chief executive of Systemax Inc. Technology Products, the parent company of CompUSA and TigerDirect. “Between our donation and the opportunity for our customers to help assist us in this cause, we hope to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the charity and beat the $200,000 we raised last year.”

Customers are invited to donate $1, $5, $10 or $20 to Komen for the Cure in-store in addition to their Pink Friday purchase items.

Pink Friday events will also be taking place at CompUSA’s retail locations in markets including El Paso, Texas; Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Raleigh, N.C.

More information on Pink Friday can be found at www.pinkfriday.org.

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Winn-Dixie donates to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Donna Foundation

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie on Monday announced gifts totaling $400,000 for two foundations—the National Breast Cancer Foundation and The Donna Foundation—as part of the grocer’s “Touching Lives for a Better Tomorrow” Ceremony.

Winn-Dixie chief merchandising and marketing officer Dan Portnoy presented $300,000 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The company also pledged $100,000 to The Donna Foundation as a part of Winn-Dixie’s premier sponsorship of the second annual National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer, also known as the 26.2 with Donna.

“Winn-Dixie is proud to show its commitment to the community by supporting two exceptional foundations dedicated to the fight against breast cancer,” Portnoy said. “We understand the importance of this cause and sincerely hope that these funds will make a difference in many people’s lives.”

During October, a number of vendors joined with Winn-Dixie in a special “Touching Lives for a Better Tomorrow” promotion and raised $300,000, which will go toward providing mammograms for those people who cannot afford them.

Last year, Winn-Dixie and its vendors donated $250,000 to the foundation, with the funds helping provide education and free mammograms to women who cannot afford the life-saving screenings.

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Fans support diabetes research with purchase of Jonas Brothers dog tags

BY Michael Johnsen

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. Bayer Diabetes Care on Tuesday announced the sale of two limited-edition dog tags, modeled after the one worn by teen pop sensation Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, so that both patients with diabetes and the family and friends who know them can show that they’ve supported diabetes research.

Being offered through www.NicksSimpleWins.com for a donation of $5, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the dog tags benefit the Jonas Brothers’ Change for the Children Foundation.

“The dog tag is a cool, fashion-forward symbol of inspiration, and you don’t have to have diabetes to wear one,” Jonas stated. “My brothers and I are grateful to Bayer for this additional opportunity to raise money for our foundation.”

The tags feature a lyric from “A Little Bit Longer,” the song Jonas wrote about his diabetes. There are two versions of the dog tags available—one for people who would like to support the cause and another specifically for people with diabetes.

The dog tag for people with diabetes has the lyric on the front, but also has the word “diabetes” on the back for those who want to show their personal fight against the disease. while supplies last. The limited edition dog tags are available

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