Rite Aid and Supplier Partners Raise $2.3 Million For Children’s Programs
Now in its thirteenth year, the Rite Aid Foundation Golf Classic is a tradition that Rite Aid supplier partners and company leaders look forward to each year as they hit the greens for a worthy cause. The tournament has grown to include six Las Vegas courses. This year’s late- March golf outing boasted 245 participating supplier partners, including 33 first-time participants. The number of Eagle Sponsors, the highest level of support, has grown to 22, helping the event raise an impressive $2.3 million for The Rite Aid Foundation.
The Foundation supports kid-focused health and wellness programs, and in 2013 awarded a record-breaking 285 grants, totaling more than $1.8 million to children’s charities.
“The Foundation’s success wouldn’t be possible without the support of each and every one of our supplier partners. Thanks to their commitment, The Rite Aid Foundation is able to make a lasting and meaningful difference in the communities we serve,” said John Standley, Rite Aid Chairman and CEO.
The Foundation supports programs like animal-assisted therapy for children with disabilities; summer camps for kids with special needs; after-school health and fitness programs for at-risk youth as well as support services to children who are victims of abuse or neglect.
“We are extremely proud of the work that the Foundation has done through the years and our annual Foundation Golf Classic has played a major role in funding these efforts,” said President and COO Ken Martindale, who is also President of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Through The Rite Aid Foundation and fundraising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, more than $81 million has been raised to improve the lives of children and adults in our communities.”
In addition to the Foundation Golf Classic, The Rite Aid Foundation sponsors KidCents, a first- of-its-kind program that allows customers to “round-up” their purchases to the nearest dollar, donating the difference to KidCents. Since its launch in August 2013, nearly 14 million customers have been asked to donate to KidCents and 1.5 million of those customers have rounded up to help kids.
Hole-In-One Winner Takes Home New BMW
While most Rite Aid supplier partners had a great time at this year’s Rite Aid Foundation Golf Classic, one supplier had an exceptional moment that he won’t soon forget. Steve Isaki, senior account director, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, hit a hole-in-one on the 7th hole at the TPC Las Vegas Golf Club. The distance from the men’s tee was 191 yards, which is considered by most a long par three hole. As the shock wore off, Isaki realized that he was now the proud owner of a brand new BMW X1, valued at $31,000.
Isaki said he is an avid golfer, but never expected to make the hole-in-one.
“We were joking around and we got on the tee box and looked at the spotter and said ‘Is the BMW still here?’ He laughed and said ‘Yep.’ Then, I just hit a perfect shot- probably the best shot of my life. The spotter said ‘This could be good.’ ”
For Isaki, it was a dream come true. “I just want to thank Rite Aid for putting on this fantastic event,” said Isaki.