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Marsh presents $111,000-plus in cookbook proceeds to Christmas charity

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS WTHR-TV and Marsh Supermarkets last week presented a check for $111,412.65 to the United Christmas Service, representing proceeds from the sale of the “Sunrise Cookbook” at area Marsh and O’Malia’s stores.

The cookbook features recipes from local and national celebrities including Channel 13 Eyewitness News anchors. The book also features recipes from Indianapolis DINE magazine, area restaurants and winners of a “Sunrise Viewer Recipe Contest” held earlier in the year.

As of Dec. 19, Marsh reported selling more than 17,000 cookbooks. “When you think about the season of Christmas, this is what it is all about,” stated Frank Lazaran, president and chief executive officer of Marsh. “Giving something to families who are less fortunate and helping them provide for their kids.”

Each year, United Way of Central Indiana’s United Christmas Service helps those in need during the holiday season. Last year, more than 20,000 people received food, clothing and toys.

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Save Mart expands relationship with IRI

BY Adam Kraemer

MODESTO, Calif. Save Mart, California-based parent of Lucky, S-Mart and Food Maxx, has expanded its relationship with Information Resources, Inc. in order to better report buying trends among its 248 owned locations.

With the enhanced coverage, the privately held chain will be able to better analyze its sales, promotion, pricing and product mix, Save Mart officials said.

The IRI Retail Network, an online market information site, will allow Save Mart’s merchandising and management to access sales, marketplace insight and share performance. “The insights will help to evaluate our performance and determine the impact of how we go to market across all banners,” said Robert Dyer, a Save Mart vice president.

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Rite Aid Foundation announces $1.7 million in donations for 2007

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. The Rite Aid Foundation, a private foundation managed by Rite Aid, on Wednesday announced that in the past year it has awarded approximately $1.7 million in donations to non-profit organizations across the United States for programs focusing on health and wellness in communities that Rite Aid serves.

“Being caring neighbors who are involved in our communities in meaningful ways is one of Rite Aid’s core values,” stated Gayle Rife, manager of the Rite Aid Foundation. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to join with local charities to improve the lives of people in our neighborhoods through programs that help to build stronger families and stronger communities.”

Over the course of 2007 more than 170 charities in more than 140 communities were provided grants by the Rite Aid Foundation. Among them are low-cost and free prescriptions for uninsured low-income people, providing refurbished hearing aids to people who could not otherwise afford them, educational and counseling programs to help prevent child abuse, low-cost medical services in medically underserved areas, programs to help teach children ways to manage and control asthma and diabetes, counseling services for children who are victims of domestic violence, parenting classes, and skills training for abused or neglected youth.

Since 2001, the Rite Aid Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $6.3 million to more than 370 organizations in 230 communities.

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