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Bartell Drugs, Oberto kick off in-store donation program

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SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs and the all-natural jerky snack brand Oberto Beef Jerky have teamed up to raise money for the Seattle Children’s Hospital in support of its mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric diseases.

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A donation will be made for each Oberto Beef Jerky bag sold at Bartell stores.

The companies said Thursday that, during October, a financial contribution will be made to the hospital for each bag of Oberto Beef Jerky purchased at a Bartell store, with an expected total of up to $25,000.

To help drive awareness, Bartell locations will have major in-store and print promotions along with advertising. The drug chain operates 64 stores in Washington’s King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.

“Regardless of a family’s ability to pay, Seattle Children’s delivers world-class care and is recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the U.S.,” Bartell Drugs chief executive officer Brian Unmacht said in a statement.  “This collaborative fundraising effort focuses on supporting the important health care role that Seattle Children’s plays in our region.”

In early November, executives from Bartell and Oberto will present the donation check to Doug Picha, president of the Seattle Children’s Hospital. The hospital and its foundation and research institute serve the largest region — encompassing Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho — of any children’s hospital in the nation.

“Oberto believes in making healthy and high-quality snacks, but our mission is so much more. We pride ourselves on getting involved and serving our community,” stated Thomas Hernquist, CEO of Seattle-based Oberto Brands, maker of Oberto Beef Jerky. “We want all children to be able to live a healthy and active life, and we hope our donations to Seattle Children’s Hospital will help this endeavor.”


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