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Dr Pepper Snapple Group joins United Way’s GCL program

BY Allison Cerra

PLANO, Texas — Dr Pepper Snapple Group has joined the United Way Worldwide Global Corporate Leadership program.

DPS said joining the GCL program — which is committed to improving lives, helping families and building opportunities through strengthening communities — reinforces DPS’s continued support of United Way. DPS has raised and donated more than $4.1 million to the organization since 2008.

"We are proud to be a part of the Global Corporate Leadership program as part of our commitment to our communities," DPS EVP corporate affairs Tina Barry said. "Our partnership with United Way is a key element of our corporate philanthropy program and allows us to extend the reach of our efforts to foster physically active, engaged and sustainable communities where our employees, customers and consumers live and work."

DPS noted that the partnership with United Way’s GCL program will help push the company to achieving its philanthropic goal to give 100,000 volunteer hours and $10 million annually in charitable cash donations by 2015.

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Gillette, champion swimmer Ryan Lochte team up for ‘Get Started’ campaign

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOSTON — Procter & Gamble’s Gillette brand has teamed up with World Champion swimmer Ryan Lochte to donate $25,000 to Daytona Beach Speed Swimming — the same swimming club that gave Lochte his start in his swimming career.

As part of Gillette’s global ”Get Started” campaign, this donation is aimed to help inspire young men and demonstrate that with a great start in life, they can achieve their dreams and goals. The Daytona Beach Speed directors plan to use the donation to create an area for dry land training to improve cross training and increase the swimmers’ skills.

Through the “Get Started” campaign, Gillette has partnered with 25 ambassadors from around the world to help them give back to their respective organizations and communities where they received their great start in athletics, and in life. In addition to Lochte, Gillette is also working with such athletes as Tyson Gay (USA, track), Roger Federer (Switzerland, tennis), Sir Chris Hoy (Great Britain, cycling) and others.

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NACDS Foundation names director of development

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has appointed Matthew Burriesci as director of development.  

Burriesci began his new role with the NACDS Foundation on Aug. 20 and reports directly to NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger.  

Burriesci will play a lead role in fostering a culture of philanthropy and further enhancing the NACDS Foundation’s efforts to advance public health. He will develop and execute a fundraising strategy for programs under the foundation’s tenets of evidenced-based research, charitable advancement and education. Burriesci will also be responsible for cultivating new and existing relationships with potential donors and other supporters of these programs.
 
“The NACDS Foundation has a bold vision that requires a talented team,” stated Jaeger. “Matt brings all of the right qualifications to marshal support for NACDS Foundation programs that seek nothing less than to improve public health. We are excited to welcome him and look forward to his work with the NACDS Foundation board and with the foundation’s amazing donors.”
 
Previously, Burriesci served as executive director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation in Washington, D.C., which bestows the largest peer-reviewed prize for fiction in the nation. Burriesci also served in various capacities for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, including executive director, and served as a consultant for the Association of Academic Health Centers. Previously, he also managed marketing and educational programs at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Chicago.

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