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Seven Chicago Area Service Projects Top Off Changing Tomorrow Day at Astellas
Date:9/23/2011

DEERFIELD, Ill., Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 500 employees from Astellas Pharma US, Inc. (Astellas Pharma US), a U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. (Astellas) will fan out from company headquarters in Deerfield on Friday, Sept. 23, to tackle seven service projects in the City of Chicago and Lake County as part of the pharmaceutical company's annual Changing Tomorrow Day corporate service commitment.  They join more than 600 other Astellas employees who have completed projects in Canada, Brazil and throughout the US.

"We consider every community where we are located a part of our home," said Masao Yoshida, President and CEO Of Astellas Pharma US.  "At Astellas, we have a corporate commitment to making and keeping our home a beautiful and nurturing environment for all who live here."

Partnering with Chicago Cares, a 20-year-old organization that matches volunteers with service projects, local Astellas Pharma US employees will:

  • Lead a sports-themed event at Whittier Elementary School in Waukegan to help students learn how to live healthier lives and transform the interior space
  • Create a fitness trail and community garden at the One Hope United Lake Villa Campus in Lake Villa
  • Build benches, storage areas, paint murals and beautify the grounds of the Lake County Public Action to Deliver Shelter Family Center in Waukegan
  • Work with Head Start students on healthy living activities and assist seniors in planting bulbs and preparing a garden for winter at the Howard Area Community Center in Chicago's Rogers Park
  • Expand the food pantry, paint and create murals at the Marquard Center in Chicago's West Town neighborhood
  • Paint lockers, stairwells and create murals at Dewitt Clinton Elementary School in West Rogers Park

"Partnering with Astellas Pharma US is exciting because of their deep commitment to service," said Bridget
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