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Rite Aid fundraising efforts recognized by United Way
January 28th, 2014
CAMP HILL, Pa. – Associates in Rite Aid's corporate offices throughout the greater Harrisburg, Pa., area raised $613,555 during its 2013 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region.
The drug chain said Tuesday that at a reception signaling the end of the campaign, Rite Aid was again named to the Pillar Society, which recognizes organizations that contribute at least $100,000 in combined corporate and employee giving. The pharmacy retailer also was one of three companies to receive the inaugural $500,000 Club Award for its level of giving.
Rite Aid is one of the United Way of the Capital Region's largest supporters and has raised more than $6.4 million since it began holding a corporate campaign in 2002. Overall in 2013, the United Way of the Capital Region raised over $11.8 million.
"Rite Aid associates in the corporate offices have long supported the United Way of the Capital Region, and I know I speak for the entire team when I say we are proud to partner with them in their efforts to assist and improve the lives of those in our community," Rite Aid president and chief operating officer Ken Martindale, who also is president of The Rite Aid Foundation, said in a statement. "Our 2013 campaign, which included a $20,000 increase over the prior year's campaign, truly highlights the passion of our team and our commitment to being a caring neighbor."
Rite Aid said its associate giving campaign began Sept. 24. The company also raised money during its 2013 campaign through a silent online auction, a departmental basket challenge and a series of pancake breakfasts and pizza parties across its corporate offices.
"Each year, the United Way of the Capital Region makes a profound impact in the lives of many by addressing specific needs and providing critical resources to partner agencies in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, but that wouldn't be possible without the support of companies like Rite Aid," stated Timothy Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region's president and chief executive officer. "It's clear that Rite Aid associates share our mission and are dedicated to making a difference, and we're so thankful for their generous support."
In addition to its campaign each fall, as a Corporate Cornerstone Company, The Rite Aid Foundation underwrites a portion of the costs for the production and printing of the United Way of the Capital Region's campaign materials, which are used by companies conducting associate giving campaigns. Rite Aid associates also participate in the organization's Day of Caring program, the area's largest one-day event for volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit agencies and are involved in the Bridges Society and the Women’s Leadership Network, two organizations within the United Way of the Capital region focused on volunteerism and philanthropy.