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Rite Aid Foundation Golf Outing Nets $1.4 Million For Charity


David Pine of Lasko Products tees off at the 4th hole of Bear’s Best Golf Course

More than 600 suppliers and Rite Aid associates took to the links on a sunny 77-degree day in Las Vegas, Nev. to participate in the 9th Annual Rite Aid Foundation Charity Golf Classic. The event was once again a success – raising more than $1.4 million for the foundation to donate to charitable causes in the communities Rite Aid serves.

“It is only because of the incredible support we receive from our suppliers who participate in this event each year that we are able to team with local charities to build stronger families and stronger communities,” saysGayle Rife, manager of The Rite Aid Foundation. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to join with these organizations to improve the lives of our neighbors. Through the generosity of our suppliers and the tireless efforts of our marketing team, which plans the golf outing each year, we are able to continue to make a positive impact in our communities and live up to our core value of being a caring neighbor in the communities we serve.”

Perhaps the highlight of the event came at the awards ceremony held in the evening after participants were done golfing. Anheuser Busch’s Don Johnson had made a hole-in-one earlier in the day that earned him a $50,000 prize, but received a standing ovation after announcing he would donate his prize to charity.

Since its inception, The Rite Aid Foundation has donated nearly $10 million to more than 730 non-profit organizations in over 420 communities around the country, thanks in large part to those participating in the annual golf outing, Rife says. In 2009 alone, the foundation granted approximately $1.4 million to programs focusing on health and wellness for at-risk individuals in communities that Rite Aid serves.