First Company to Surpass $100 Million Contribution Mark to Support Families Living with Autism and Other Disabilities
CHICAGO, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Safeway (NYSE: SWY) captures Easter Seals highest honor after raising a record $10.2 million for the organizations' services for children and adults with autism and other disabilities in 2009 alone and by exceeding the $100 million milestone for lifetime contributions. The national nonprofit recently designated Safeway its "All-Time Top Corporate Partner" during an awards ceremony recognizing Easter Seals' entire family of corporate partners.
This past April, for the fourth year, Safeway stores in the U.S. and Canada raised funds for people with disabilities, inviting customers to support Easter Seals services for children and adults with autism and other disabilities at checkout. The campaign coincided with Autism Awareness Month and Easter Seals' efforts to raise awareness about the services and treatments the organization provides to families living with autism.
In just one month, Safeway raised $8,824,141 through the April in-store fundraiser. Safeway employees also raised an additional $1.4 million through local market events, golf tournaments, galas and fundraisers -- bringing the company's 2009 grand total for Easter Seals services to $10.2 million.
Safeway's Impact on Families Living with Autism and Other Disabilities
"Ten million dollars can literally change the lives of thousands -- and it does," says James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals. "Safeway's commitment to Easter Seals and the millions of families we serve runs far beyond the annual fundraising campaign -- it's business. Today, the company employs more than 10,000 adults wi
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