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Walmart Foundation donates $2 million to make food banks ‘green’

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart’s philanthropic arm announced a $2 million donation to help food banks save money on energy bills.

This funding, the Walmart Foundation said, will help 16 food banks "go green" by becoming more energy efficient through lighting, refrigeration or heating and air-conditioning equipment upgrades.

This initiative is a part of Walmart’s commitment to fighting hunger. In May, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through the end of 2015, including:

  • Donating more than 1.1 billion lbs. of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations, valued at $1.75 billion;

  • Giving $250 million in grants to support hunger relief organizations at the national, state and local levels; and

  • Collaborating with government, food manufacturers and other corporations that are fighting hunger to increase impact and reach a greater number of families in need.

"These grants underscore Walmart’s commitment to lead on both hunger relief and sustainability," said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. "Every dollar these food banks save on energy costs is another dollar they can use to help meet the hunger needs of their local communities."

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Family Dollar names SVP apparel, home and seasonal

BY DSN STAFF

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores announced that it has named Paul White to the position of SVP apparel, home and seasonal. White will report to Dorlisa Flur, EVP and chief merchandising officer.

"Creating an exciting offering of discretionary merchandise to complement our growing consumable assortment is the cornerstone to being a compelling place to shop for our customers," said Flur. "With Paul’s leadership, we will further improve merchandise selection and in-store presentation of these dynamic areas of our assortment, adding more of the fun of finding a unique treasure in apparel, home, and seasonal items for our customers to enjoy."

White is the past president, CEO, and director of Goody’s, where he refocused the merchandising and marketing strategies on the core customer while leading the company’s exit from bankruptcy. Other retail experience includes senior merchandising leadership roles at Shopko Stores and The May Department Stores Co.

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Guess who’s coming to DVD?

BY Allison Cerra

BURBANK, Calif. — A definitive collection of films starring a legendary Hollywood golden couple will be featured in an anthology of films from Warner Home Video.

"Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection," features nine remastered favorites starring award-winning duo Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, including:

  • "Woman of the Year" (1942);

  • "Keeper of the Flame" (1942);

  • "Without Love" (1945);

  • "Sea of Grass" (1947);

  • "State of the Union" (1948);

  • "Adam’s Rib" (1949);

  • "Pat and Mike" (1952);

  • "Desk Set" (1957), and

  • "Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner" (1967).

The 10-disc collection includes two films never before released on DVD ("Sea of Grass" and "Keeper of the Flame"), as well as a plus a bonus disc featuring an intimate tribute to Spencer Tracy moderated by Katharine Hepburn.

"Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection," will be available for a suggested retail price of $59.92 on April 12. "Sea of Grass" and "Keeper of the Flame" also will be available as single-disc DVDs for a suggested retail price of $19.97 each.

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