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Report: Lady Gaga ends deal with Target

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS — Pop singer Lady Gaga has dissolved her partnership with mass merchandiser Target, according to published reports.

Last month, Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, teamed up with Target to promote her latest album, “Born This Way,” selling an exclusive special edition of it through the retailer.

But The Advocate, a national gay and lesbian magazine, reported Wednesday that the singer was dissatisfied with past donations the retailer had made to MN Forward, an organization that supported Republican Tom Emmer’s gubernatorial campaign in Minnesota last year. A source told the magazine that the singer and retailer “didn’t see eye-to-eye on Target’s policy of political donations and how they affect the LGBT community.”

Emmer had run on a platform opposing same-sex marriage and had close ties to the Christian ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International and its founder, Bradlee Dean, who advocated the death penalty for gay people during a radio appearance. Emmer later distanced himself from Dean’s comments.

The donations had attracted the ire of the gay community, and Target, which has a long history of supporting gay and lesbian organizations and events, sought to make amends by revising its policy on political donations, including the creation of an executive committee to manage them.

“We were very surprised and disappointed by the statements made by Lady Gaga’s organization related to her partnership with Target,” a statement released by the retailer to Drug Store News read. “Target remains committed to the LGBT community as demonstrated by our contributions to various LGBT organizations, our recently established policy committee to review our political giving and our respectful, inclusive workplace environment.”

At the time the partnership was announced, Lady Gaga told Billboard magazine that the relationship was contingent upon Target affiliating itself with gay and lesbian charity organizations and reforming its political donation policy.

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Sam’s Club pushes eValues

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Through March 13, Sam’s Club is offering an eValues trial to its advantage and business members.

According to the company, the eValues program is an exclusive program that delivers tailored offers to consumers based on unique shopping patterns. The trial program will enable all Sam’s Club members to receive a benefit usually afforded only to members with Sam’s Club Plus.

The eValues program enables Sam’s Club Plus members to receive limited-time discounts on a variety of products and services, according to Sam’s Club. On average, Sam’s Club Plus members receive eight to 10 offers per month, each available 28 days for redemption. Offers can be viewed online, by accessing the Sam’s Club app or at the eValues kiosk in each club.

Sam’s Club’s Plus membership is available to both advantage and business members for a $100 annual fee. (Advantage membership is $40 for the year, while business membership is available for $35 a year.)

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Sam’s Club kicks off free allergy screenings

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — This weekend, Sam’s Club is offering free allergy health screenings in select locations across the country.

Sam’s Club said that its allergy tests, which are valued at $500, will screen participants for allergies to house and dust mites, cats, timothy grass, Bermuda grass, mountain cedar, short ragweed, alternaria (mold), milk, egg whites and wheat.

Additionally, all participants will receive MyAllergyPlan, a personalized plan that will provide educational information on the offending allergens, as well as consumer care organizations that relate to specific allergies. The tests will be held March 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each month, Sam’s Club offers free monthly health screenings, including diabetes, digestive health and summer wellness/sun care.

"At Sam’s Club, we are proud to offer our members the opportunity to take control of their health with free monthly health screenings and great, quality products at amazing prices," said Jill Turner-Mitchael, Sam’s Club health-and-wellness SVP. "This month we hope all our members will take advantage of the chance to get tested for allergies."

For more information, times and locations of health screenings of participating Sam’s Club locations, members can visit SamsClub.com/HealthyLiving.

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