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RILA names new VP government relations

BY Gail Hoffer

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association announced that Christine Pollack has joined the association as VP government relations, focusing on healthcare policy and serving as one of RILA’s lead advocates on core retail industry priorities.

Pollack previously served as assistant director of congressional affairs for the American Medical Association. Prior to joining the AMA in 2007, Pollack served as legislative director for Rep. Clay Shaw, R-Fla., overseeing heathcare, tax and social security policy for the senior member of the Ways and Means Committee. Earlier in her career, Pollack served as a health insurance specialist with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and as senior legislative assistant for Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa.

“We are thrilled to have Christine as part of the RILA team. Christine’s legislative skill and advocacy experience will add to our already strong government affairs team. Her deep understanding of healthcare policy will be a valuable asset as the retail industry works to address the challenges ahead,” said Katherine Lugar, EVP public affairs.

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P&G lends a hand to Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has teamed up with Kroger to support the United Services Organization.

In line with Kroger’s USO support campaign called Honoring Our Heroes, P&G will launch a Mega Event sales promotion through which customers at participating Kroger banner stores receive $5 instantly at checkout when they purchase 10 participating P&G Mega Event items.

Kroger and P&G also will build on the partnership through a Web application, where consumers virtually can shake the hand of a hero and receive a special offer on one of the following P&G brands: Tide, Downy, Gillette, Pantene, Old Spice and Prilosec.

Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign also will include a $250,000 donation to the USO to aid the organization’s mission to help American troops and their families.

Click here to learn more about the Kroger and USO partnership.

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Walgreens offers assistance to disaster relief

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid those affected by the storms and tornadoes that recently hit the Southeast.

The drug store chain also is providing nonperishable food, medical supplies and water directly to local shelters and first responders in Alabama and Georgia. Additionally, cleaning supplies and three truckloads of water also have been donated.

“As so many try to pull together to recover after these devastating storms and tornadoes, we want to offer any assistance we can to our friends, customers and communities to help them get back on their feet,” said Chuck Greener, Walgreens VP corporate affairs and communications. “Our thoughts are with those affected by this tragedy, and we are in contact with groups on the ground to help provide critical supplies to those most in need.”

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