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Safeway Foundation announces yearly philanthropy total of $172 million

BY Allison Cerra

SAN FRANCISCO Safeway Foundation’s 2007 philanthropic efforts for research and awareness for various causes totaled a record $172 million, the company announced at its annual gala.

The Safeway Foundation, a six-year-old philanthropic organization, has raised and provided more than $69 million for breast cancer and prostate cancer causes. The foundation has become a major source of support to cancer research and treatment programs as well as people with disabilities and education programs. This year, the Safeway Foundation funded several mobile mammography units that bring free or low-cost mammograms to women in rural areas and low-income neighborhoods in California, Washington and other states.

“Each year we are proud to strengthen our community programs that are helping make a difference in so many lives throughout the North America,” said Safeway chairman, president and chief executive officer Steve Burd. “Through our breast cancer and prostate cancer initiatives we are dedicating tens of millions of dollars each year toward research that will find a cure for these devastating diseases. This Gala helps showcase our passion for these and other important causes and the hope we share in finding a cure.”

Over the last six years the Safeway Foundation Gala has become one of the Bay Area’s premier charitable fundraising events. The gala raises funds for a range of regional and national charitable causes, including support for people with disabilities and muscular dystrophy.

“The Gala has become an annual tradition for our employees, community partners and suppliers to come together and celebrate the support we provide each year to important causes like those that help people with disabilities,” said Larree Renda, Safeway executive vice president and chair. “As one of the top employers of people with disabilities we have a passion and commitment to also open new doors and opportunities for those who live with a disability. Through our charitable efforts we are touching so many lives in ways we never imagined.”

Safeway is also a strong supporter of community food banks and education programs, providing an additional $132 million each year for those programs.

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NACDS ranked a top place to work

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. A bi-weekly newsletter has named the National Association of Chain Drug Stores as one of the “Top Places to Work in Associations and Nonprofits.”

CEO Update, a publication that focused on jobs, news and people in the association and nonprofit world, conducted a recent survey “for nonprofit groups and associations across the country to rate their benefits, culture and work environment.” The publication concluded that NACDS had multiple benefits, including the company’s paid leave policy and tuition benefits.

“Particularly in Washington, D.C., where many associations are headquartered, the nonprofit industry competes with the government and the private sector for talent,” the Oct. 26 issue said of NACDS. “And in a tight labor market, with less than 3 percent unemployment in the nation’s capital, recruitment becomes a race for how to snag the best candidates, with a combination of adequate pay and great benefits.”

NACDS president and chief executive officer, Steve Anderson, said that under the leadership of its vice president of human resources and administration, NACDS is “committed to fostering a positive and family-friendly work environment that enables us to attract and retain top talent.”

“With the thousands of associations and not-for-profit organizations across the country, I hope our members feel great pride about this recognition,” Anderson said Thursday. “Through our superb staff, we are able to provide outstanding member services and advocacy for our industry.”

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Walgreens says “Aloha” to Hawaii

BY Allison Cerra

HONOLULU Walgreens opened its first Hawaii store on Thursday with a traditional Hawaiian blessing.

The new store, a former Tower Records site, is the first of four Hawaii stores Walgreens plans to open in the next year. The nation’s largest drug store chain plans eventually to open as many as 30 stores in Hawaii.

The chain intends to place stores in Kalihi and Kaneohe on Oahu, and in Lahaina on Maui.

The 9,000-square-foot store, which will be open 24 hours a day, is smaller than typical Walgreens stores. The other stores planned on Oahu and Maui will be new constructions.

“More than 100 years ago our founder, Charles Walgreen Sr., would remind his customers, ‘You’re always welcome at Walgreens,’” Dana Psomas, Walgreens district manager for Hawaii, said in a statement. “Today, as we open our doors in Hawaii for the first time, we’re adapting that saying to, ‘E komo mai.’”

Clark Fujihara, Walgreen’s district pharmacy supervisor for Hawaii, emphasized the importance of having Walgreens present in the state, citing the ever-increasing demand for pharmacy services, and stated that services that are not currently offered in the state will be, such as drive-through pharmacies.

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