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Kmart achieves major fundraising milestone

BY Gina Acosta

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kmart has raised more than $100 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,  more than any other corporate partner in the history of St. Jude.

"St. Jude is deeply appreciative of our incredibly giving friends at Kmart and their kindhearted shoppers and associates for reaching this unprecedented fundraising milestone – raising more than $100 million for the patients and families of St. Jude, more than any other St. Jude partner," said Richard Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "The generosity of the Kmart team and their shoppers is deeply humbling. We cannot thank them enough for the joy they have brought to our patients and families and their commitment to survivorship and quality of life for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases."

Kmart shoppers are encouraged to head to Kmart or Kmart.com to purchase from a suite of gifts, including the popular "Giving Hat," which is embroidered with the inspiring message of #LOVE or make a donation in store at checkout. 

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NACDS adds to its government affairs team

BY Brian Berk

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores added to its government affairs team with the hires of William Tighe as vice president of federal government affairs and Amber Manko as director of federal government affairs. Tighe reports to Tom O’Donnell, NACDS’ senior vice president of government affairs and public policy. He began his new position with NACDS on Dec. 12. Manko started with NACDS on Nov. 28 and reports to Tighe.

Tighe most recently served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law. Previously, he served as chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), where he held progressively responsible leadership roles, and for former Rep. George W. Gekas (R-Pa.).

“We are very pleased that Bill will soon join NACDS’ respected and successful advocacy team,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson. “Bill’s policy expertise, forged on Capitol Hill where he led top congressional offices as chief of staff, positions him well to serve as NACDS’ lead legislative advocate. We welcome Bill at a critical policy and legislative juncture, as NACDS prepares to work collaboratively with a new administration and a new Congress to advance pro-patient, pro-pharmacy legislative priorities.”

Manko most recently served as director of federal affairs at CAPG, a trade association focused on helping physician groups improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. Manko worked with congressional leaders on key Medicare and healthcare issues.

“Amber brings invaluable and timely experience on issues that will be front-and-center in 2017 and well into the future. Her in-depth knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and health insurance issues will prove essential as NACDS positions itself to serve as a resource on sound policies in a new political landscape,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson. “Her hands-on experience with some of the most complex, relevant and vital issues facing the healthcare system in the United States today brings added value to NACDS members, and we are excited to welcome her to the team.”

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OtterBox launches new line of audio, charging accessories

BY Gina Acosta

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Popular mobile products brand OtterBox is introducing accessories that further enable consumers' increasingly on-the-go lifestyles.

The company is launching OtterBox Earphones and Bluetooth Earphones, both with custom-fit by DECIBULLZ.

"OtterBox has always allowed you to do more with your mobile technology, so expanding our portfolio with durable charging and audio products was a logical progression," said OtterBox CEO Jim Parke. "Just like our cases, these are premium accessories that alleviate common consumer pain points and hold up against the abuse of everyday use."

OtterBox Bluetooth Earphones, $99.95, and OtterBox Earphones, $49.95, provide non-stop streaming with tangle-free cords, superior sound and perfect-fit earbuds. They deliver the ultimate fit with custom-molding technology from DECIBULLZ that blocks ambient sound and are sweat-proof. OtterBox Bluetooth Earphones have magnetic controls to turn earphones off when connected or pull apart to answer a call or resume music.

Other new accessories include:

The OtterBox USB Car Charger, $24.95, is designed with two 2.4 AMP USB ports to rapid-charge two devices on the road. The USB Wall Charger, $24.95, powers up mobile tech fast with high-speed 2.4 AMP charging. Made with anodized aluminum, these chargers are impact-resistant.

The OtterBox Micro USB Cable, $29.95, is designed rugged for long-term use and is three-meters long to help reach the back seat or around the headboard. The cables feature an extended strain relief at the notorious weak spot where the cable and connector attach, charge at 2.4 AMPs and have braided nylon casing to resist tangles. The Lightning Connector to USB Cable, $34.95, is coming soon.

Also just in time for the holidays, OtterBox introduces protection for laptops. Utility Series Sleeve, $24.95-$29.95, combines a microfiber-lined interior and soft-shell frame to provide protection on the go. Utility Series Sleeve is the buffer between 13-inch and 14-inch laptops and daily hazards.

OtterBox accessories are available at retailers nationwide.
 

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