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CVS Caremark presents funds raised at 2012 Charity Classic event

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Seventy-seven area nonprofit organizations on Wednesday received funds generated from the CVS Caremark Charity Classic at a presentation held at CVS Caremark’s headquarters.

The tournament, Rhode Island’s largest charitable sporting event, raised $1.2 million this year for charities across Southern New England, bringing the total funds raised since its inception to more than $16 million.

Present to award the funds raised by this year’s tournament — which draws some of the world’s best PGA and LPGA golfers — were CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo and PGA Tour professionals/CVS Caremark Charity Classic co-hosts Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon.

“The appeal of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic is twofold,” Merlo stated. “First, the tournament provides world-class entertainment for avid golf fans. In addition, the tournament has a deep commitment of providing much needed financial support to a range of organizations that make a real difference in the lives of so many. In such a challenging economic climate, we are especially proud to give back to the communities we serve through the CVS Caremark Charity Classic.”

Funds raised by this year’s CVS Caremark Charity Classic will support the missions of a multitude of charities, in turn, touching the lives of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. From helping Crossroads Rhode Island, which provides basic emergency needs, shelter and housing for homeless families and individuals; to assisting Bradley Children’s Hospital in providing a range of family-focused, high-quality mental health care to infants, children and young adults with emotional disorders and/or developmental disabilities; to supporting Our Sisters’ School in New Bedford in offering a quality education to girls from challenging financial backgrounds, the Charity Classic provides significant funding to target critical needs within the community.

“As a result of the generous gift we received through the CVS Caremark Charity Classic, middle-school girls from New Bedford will be able to access educational opportunities at Our Sisters’ School that would otherwise not have been financially possible for their families,” stated Lisa Yates, head of school for Our Sisters’ School. “Our goal of challenging each student to reach her full potential by developing academic competence, social confidence, cultural proficiency, intellectual curiosity, integrity and hope is bolstered by donations provided by the tournament. Our students are active volunteers in their community, inspiring role models of educational attainment for others in their families and leaders at the secondary schools our alumnae attend. The CVS Caremark Charity Classic Auction supports this important work.”
 
Merlo added, “When we hear stories about the challenges and success from our charity partners — like the one shared today by Our Sisters’ School — it drives us even more to continue to raise funds through the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. We are extremely proud to host an event that has become so meaningful in our community.”

In addition to acknowledging the charities for their work, Merlo accentuated the leadership provided by Andrade and Faxon through their roles as co-chairs during the history of the Charity Classic, presenting them with thank you plaques and special replications of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic logo. He also emphasized the dedication of the 20 working charities that provided nearly 1,000 volunteers to help bring the tournament to life.

A total of 77 nonprofit organizations received funds raised by the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. Among the beneficiaries attending the check presentation were representatives from the “working charities”of the tournament. They include:

  • American Heart Association;

  • American Red Cross;

  • Arthritis Foundation;

  • Autism Project of Rhode Island;

  • Boys & Girls Club of Providence;

  • Bradley Children’s Hospital;

  • Children’s Wishes of Rhode Island;

  • City Year Rhode Island;

  • Golf Foundation of RI Button Hole;

  • March of Dimes Rhode Island;

  • Meeting Street;

  • Rhode Island Family Shelter;

  • San Miguel School;

  • Save The Bay;

  • Serve Rhode Island;

  • Sojourner House;

  • Special Olympics Rhode Island;

  • Spurwink RI;

  • URI Golf Team; and

  • Youth Pride.

     

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Walgreens donates $100K to New York, New Jersey hurricane relief funds

BY Antoinette Alexander

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday announced $100,000 in additional donations to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The company, which includes Duane Reade in New York and New Jersey, is making two $50,000 contributions, one to the Empire State Relief Fund announced by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the other to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund established by Gov. Chris Christie.

The Empire State Relief Fund distributes financial aid in the hardest hit areas across New York state, specifically directed at costs associated with providing long-term housing and rebuilding homes. The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund is providing aid to families who have been affected by the destruction of the storm.

"With this generous donation, Walgreens is continuing their work, alongside dozens of other major businesses and organizations, in supporting communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and providing much needed financial support to help with the rebuilding and recovery efforts,” Cuomo stated. “In addition to their financial donations, Walgreens and Duane Reade worked hard in the storm’s aftermath to reopen pharmacies to ensure patients and customers had access to the medicine they needed, and I commend them for their continued support and generosity."

The donations follow Walgreens earlier $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Walgreens and Duane Reade also raised more than $5 million in customer donations for the American Red Cross. In addition, Walgreens donated several semi-trailer truckloads of blankets, bottled water and other goods to people in need immediately after the storm.

“The leadership of Gov. Christie and Gov. Cuomo was extremely valuable as we worked with state and local emergency response authorities. I’m also very proud of our Walgreens and Duane Reade team members who worked so tirelessly to maintain services and provide medicine to patients and customers,” stated Greg Wasson, president and CEO of Walgreens.

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Holiday shoppers plan to spend more this season

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — More consumers plan to spend more on holiday shopping this year than last, according to a new Nielsen survey.

According to the "Nielsen Holiday Survey," 54% of consumers stated they still haven’t started their holiday shopping. The weekly survey polled 1,100 households starting in September, and the market research company releases results weekly. Respondents said their top destinations for holiday shoppings would be supercenters, departments stores and the Internet.

"While the economic climate still has several major headwinds and uncertainties, improving consumer confidence and labor market, coupled with aggressive marketing by retailers and manufacturers, is reinforcing the potential for a stronger holiday season," Nielsen SVP global consumer insights James Russo said.

Most consumers plan to spend between $250 and $500 this season, but the survey found a five-point increase this week in consumers who said they will spend more, with 22% of consumers saying they will spend more this holiday season than last.

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