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Coty names Georgia May Jagger global ambassador in fight against blood cancer

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Beauty company Coty has announced that Georgia May Jagger — supermodel and face of both Coty’s color cosmetics brand, Rimmel, and fragrance brand Just Cavalli — has accepted an appointment as the first Coty global ambassador in the fight against blood cancer. Coty is founding corporate sponsor of Delete Blood Cancer-DKMS, a bone-marrow-donor-registration center.

As the Coty global ambassador in the fight against blood cancer, she will serve as a spokesperson for the cause and help support Delete Blood Cancer. In that capacity, Jagger symbolically lit the Empire State Building in red and white to raise awareness for the fight against blood cancer. Also attending the lighting ceremony, which is an annual tradition for the Coty-Delete Blood Cancer Linked Against Blood Cancer partnership, were Michele Scannavini, CEO of Coty and honorary chair of the eighth annual Delete Blood Cancer Gala, and Katharina Harf, co-founder of Delete Blood Cancer and gala host.

This year marks the eighth anniversary of the Coty-Delete Blood Cancer Linked Against Blood Cancer partnership, as well as the eighth Delete Blood Cancer Gala. The A-list event took place on Wednesday at Cipriani Wall Street and raised a record $4 million; in conjunction, the Empire State Building lit up the skies from sunset on Wednesday until 2 a.m. on Thursday to help raise awareness of Delete Blood Cancer and its cause, as well as to celebrate the Gala and its fundraising goals.

"We are thrilled to be collaborating with Georgia in a different capacity as the Coty Global Ambassador supporting Delete Blood Cancer," Scannavini said. "We cannot thank Georgia enough for all the amazing work she’s done, not only for our brands but for this important cause."

During the star-studded event, Harf presented the "Delete Blood Cancer Award" to Evan Sohn and the Sohn Conference Foundation, recognizing the foundation’s dedication to the treatment and cure of pediatric cancer. After the award presentation, the event featured two performances by pop/rock artist LP and singer-songwriter Jessie J.

In the United States, blood cancers kill more children than any other disease, and they are the second-leading cause of all cancer deaths. Many of these deaths could be prevented by a bone marrow transplant; sadly, half of patients never receive the lifesaving transplant they need, in part because there are not enough registered donors.

 

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Walmart to increase number of solar energy projects

BY Vivian Gomez

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Walmart said during an event with President Obama that it will double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers by 2020. The commitment is part of Walmart’s global initiative to drive the production or procurement of 7 billion kWh of renewable energy by the end of 2020.

“We share the president’s commitment to a sustainable energy future and applaud his willingness to partner with business on this important issue,” said Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. “We know from experience that investing in energy innovation allows us to save money, reduce carbon pollution and create jobs. Every day, millions of Americans depend on us to watch every penny so that we can provide the best prices on products they love. Our customers can feel good that we’re watching out for both their wallets and their children’s future.”

Walmart made the announcement while hosting President Obama at a solar-powered store in Mountain View, Calif. The president visited the store to highlight the importance of energy efficiency and renewables in keeping America strong.

Since 2005, Walmart’s greenhouse gas emissions grew at only one-quarter the rate of the company’s growth, nearly flatlining in recent years, the company said in a press release. With its 2020 energy goals, it anticipates an absolute decline in GHG emissions by 2020 despite significant growth plans over that same time period.

 

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Report: Food City names VP of pharmacy operations

BY Antoinette Alexander

ABINGDON, Va. — Food City has reportedly appointed Mickey Blazer to the position of VP of pharmacy operations, according to a local news report.

According to a news article on swvatoday.com, Blazer has served as the departmental director since 2011, and worked as pharmacy operations manager prior to that. He holds more than 37 years of service with the company, six years of which have been spent in pharmacy management, collaborating with other members of senior management and store operations to supervise and oversee Food City’s 77 pharmacy locations.

 

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