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Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets donates $3 million to local schools

BY Michael Johnsen

CARLISLE, Pa. — Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets on Wednesday announced a $3 million donation to 2,057 public and private schools through its A+ School Rewards program for the 2013-2014 school year. Since the program launched in 2005, more than $19 million has been donated to local schools throughout participating markets in the four states Giant/Martin's operates.

Giant/Martin's A+ School Rewards program allows local schools to earn cash for technology, scholarships, school programs, field trips and playgrounds. After customers had designated the school(s) of their choice, A+ School Rewards points accrued with each purchase made using a BonusCard from Oct. 6, 2013 through March 22, 2014.

“Thank you to all of our customers and local schools who took a few moments to sign up for our popular school fundraiser and shopped with their BonusCard,” stated Tom Lenkevich, president of Giant/Martin's. “Year after year, we are gratified by the strong response.”

 

 

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Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities honors Kroger

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI – Kroger on Thursday was named Employer of the Year by the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities at the organization's annual Bridges Gala in Washington.

The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities fosters the employment of young people with disabilities. The Bridges from School to Work program run by the Marriott Foundation helps more than a thousand young people enter the workforce annually with steady, beneficial employment as they leave high school.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the Marriott Foundation," stated Katy Barclay, Kroger's SVP human resources. "We have a long tradition of hiring people with disabilities, especially on our front lines serving customers. Associates we have hired through the Bridges program are consistently among our most reliable and friendly employees. Customers often select a check lane in order to be served by a youth we have hired through Bridges. We thank the Marriott Foundation for the valuable work they do to help businesses meet their workforce development needs."

The Bridges program operates in communities throughout the United States — including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Washington and parts of Maryland — where the Kroger family of stores partners to place young people with disabilities in stores.

 

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Auxilium, Prasco partner for generic Testim

BY Ryan Chavis

CHESTERBROOK, Pa. — Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, a specialty biopharmaceutical company, on Wednesday announced that it has partnered with Prasco to debut the authorized generic form of Testim gel, which is used to treat adult males with low or no testosterone.

"While Testim has continued to represent an important portion of Auxilium’s net sales, we have been proactively planning for this launch in an effort to most strategically position our product franchise to compete in the increasingly crowded and challenging Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) gel market," said Adrian Adams, CEO and president of Auxilium. "We believe the launch of this Authorized Generic of Testim with Prasco could expand the Testim franchise market, build upon our efforts to manage Testim as a mature brand and enable Auxilium to realize maximum shareholder value."

Auxilium will be responsible for the manufacture of the drug and the authorized generic form, as well as for the distribution of branded Testim, the company said.

 

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