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CVS unveils field for 10th annual Charity Classic

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark, along with CVS Charity Classic co-hosts Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, unveiled on Monday the field for the Charity Classic’s 10th anniversary edition.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic with such a distinguished group of the world’s top golfers,” stated Eileen Howard Dunn, tournament chairman of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic. “Most importantly, however, we’re proud to be marking the tournament’s significant philanthropic endeavors. During the past nine years the CVS Caremark Charity Classic has raised more than $10 million for New England charities dedicated to children and families.”

This year, the annual golf tournament is scheduled for June 22 to 24 at Rhode Island Country Club and will benefit numerous regional charities. It will once again draw its 20-player field from the ranks of the PGA, LPGA and Champions tours. The announced field represents three countries and includes legendary golfer and three-time Masters Champion Nick Faldo, who will be making his inaugural appearance.

Tournament week begins with the Pepsi Pro-Am on June 22 followed by the two-day tournament June 23 to 24. Participants will be competing for a purse of $1.55 million.

Beginning May 11, tickets for the event will be available free through a special promotion at CVS stores in Rhode Island as well as select locations in Massachusetts.

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Publix sponsors Tennessee youth soccer association

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. Publix Super Markets has signed with the Tennessee State Soccer Association, making it the fifth youth soccer partnership to date for the grocer. In addition to the TSSA, Publix is the official supermarket of Youth Soccer Associations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

“With childhood obesity on the rise, it’s even more important today that we encourage exercising and eating right with parents and kids,” stated Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “We’re excited to work with TSSA because youth soccer keeps kids active and gives them skills they can use throughout their lives.”

As with the other associations, the Publix partnership with the TSSA will include sponsorship of soccer events and community awards.

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CVS Caremark donates $350,000 to Easter Seals

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO Easter Seals, a non-profit provider of services for people with autism, developmental disabilities and other special needs, has announced that it received $350,000 in grants this month from CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, bringing the total donation from the Trust to $1 million to support Easter Seals autism services.

The grants are part of CVS Caremark’s All Kids Can program, a five-year, $25 million commitment to support children with disabilities.

Easter Seals was selected as a CVS Caremark All Kids Can national partner when the program was introduced in early 2006. Since then, the foundation has contributed more than $4 million to Easter Seals, including more than $1 million to support the autism services. In addition, some 4,000 CVS Caremark employees volunteered at Easter Seals fundraisers and services in 2006 and again in 2007.

“CVS Caremark is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children with disabilities through the All Kids Can Program,” stated Eileen Howard Dunn, senior vice president of corporate communications and community relations for CVS Caremark. “We are proud to support Easter Seals in advancing outcomes-based treatments and interventions for children with autism, and by encouraging our associates to volunteer and make a difference in the communities where we live and work.”

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