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Duane Reade Celebrates Fourth Year Supporting AIDS Walk New York With Record Donation
Date:5/13/2011

NEW YORK, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Duane Reade Holdings, Inc. today announced that The Duane Reade Charitable Foundation has set a new fundraising record for the 26th annual AIDS Walk New York (AWNY) as a Presenting Sponsor of the event. AWNY raises funds for Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and 41 other local AIDS service organizations that provide food, housing, medical care, and more to people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as vital prevention work that reached hundreds of thousands throughout the tri-state area. This year's 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) AWNY is expected to attract more than 45,000 participants and will be held in New York City's Central Park on Sunday, May 15th, 2011.

As part of its partnership with AWNY, Duane Reade sold special $1 paper red-ribbon pinups in its stores between April 3rd and May 15th.  In order to excite customers about this important initiative, Duane Reade also offered Look Boutique beauty product giveaways, bake sales, and other exciting initiatives to drive additional support.  With the generous support of the New York City community, combined with a donation from the Duane Reade Charitable Foundation, Duane Reade donated $400,000 to AWNY, thereby setting a new fundraising record.

Robin Costa, Senior Director of Human Resources at Duane Reade and President and Director of the Board of The Duane Reade Charitable Foundation, commented, "As the only uniquely New York drug store chain, Duane Reade understands the needs of our city's residents and consistently strives to give back to the community in meaningful ways. AWNY and GMHC provide tremendous value and services to the area. All of us at Duane Reade are proud to partner with them and remain committed to doing all that we can to promote awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS, a deadly disease that affects more and more of our fellow New York City residents each day.  In our fourth straight year of sponsoring this great event, I am humbled by our r
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