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Special Olympians from So. Fla. participate in CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camp

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — More than 20 athletes from Special Olympics Florida experienced what it’s like to be a major league ball player when they took part in a recent CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camp during Red Sox Spring Training.

Caption: Special Olympics Florida athletes celebrate in front of the Green Monster at a CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camp held during Boston Red Sox Spring Training. Joining them in the photo are Boston Red Sox assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez (on left in Red Sox jersey), Boston Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn (in rear center in Red Sox jersey), CVS Caremark community relations senior director Faith Weiner (light green shirt; standing in front), CVS/pharmacy district manager John McCarthy (with beard in back row) and CVS/pharmacy store manager Ed Cooney (far right in back row). Photo is courtesy of Jennifer Leigh.

The camp was a joint endeavor between two national, New England-based organizations — CVS Caremark and the neighboring Boston Red Sox — demonstrating a shared commitment to individuals of all abilities. Through the camp, the Florida Special Olympians had the opportunity to spend a day-in-the-life of a Boston Red Sox player.

At the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camp, the athletes worked one-on-one in the batting cage with Boston Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn, took on-field batting practice with the coach, had lunch with Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, a team photo taken in front of the “Green Monster” with coach Colbrunn, and received T-shirts, Red Sox baseball caps and baseballs, as well as a backpack filled with “game day essentials” — all courtesy of CVS Caremark. The camp was part of CVS Caremark’s national philanthropic All Kids Can program, which focuses on helping children with disabilities.

“We have had a great relationship with the Red Sox, and over the last eight years, we’ve been able to provide the batting camp experience at Fenway Park to more than a thousand kids from across New England,” stated Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate communications and community relations for CVS Caremark. “This year, we were thrilled to be able to extend this program to Spring Training, so Special Olympics Florida athletes could participate in what we believe is a magical day.”  

The athletes who participated in the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Baseball Camp hailed from Ave Maria, Cape Coral, Donnellon, Fort Myers, Naples, New Port Richey, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Tarpon Springs and Venice. They ranged in age from 6 to 37 years. 

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Longtime Stater Bros. exec promoted to head of retail ops

BY DSN STAFF

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. announced Dan Meyer has been promoted to EVP retail operations. In this position, Meyer will be responsible for the retail operations of all 167 Stater Bros. Supermarkets as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Corporate Training Center.

Meyer is a 42-year member of the Stater Bros. "family." He first joined Stater Bros. in 1971 as a Courtesy Clerk at the company’s La Sierra Supermarket in Riverside and progressed through a range of retail store and district supervision positions.

In 2009, he was promoted to senior regional VP, and in 2011, he was promoted to his most recent position of SVP retail operations.

He currently serves on the boards of directors for Stater Bros. charities and the California Grocers Association.

In his new position, Meyer will report to Jim Lee, president and COO.

"Dan is a well-respected and valuable member of our senior management team," stated Jack Brown, CEO. "This promotion is a result of his leadership skills and the contributions that he has made towards the success of the company’s retail operations department."

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IMAHelps seeks volunteer pharmacist for international medical mission

BY Alaric DeArment

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — A nonprofit organization based in California is looking for a volunteer pharmacist for a medical mission to Peru.

IMSHelps has assembled a team of nearly 100 doctors, surgeons, nurses, dentists and support personnel who will visit Huacho, Peru, for a 10-day medical mission, starting Aug. 8. The group said it was specifically looking for pharmacists who had previously volunteered on international medical missions and who were willing to travel without a spouse or significant other.

"We have assembled one of the largest medical humanitarian missions to Peru in recent memory," IMAHelps president Ines Allen said. "However, we still need a pharmacist to complete our team."


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