Rite Aid, Supplier Partners Raise Nearly $5 Million for The Rite Aid Foundation
Each year, company leaders and Rite Aid supplier partners travel to Las Vegas to take part in The Rite Aid Foundation Charity Golf Classic—a 16-year tradition that plays a key role in empowering the Foundation to support kid-focused health and wellness programs.
This year’s Golf Classic raised nearly $5 million to support The Foundation’s charitable efforts, thanks to the participation of 210 Rite Aid supplier partners, including 18 first-time participants and 38 Eagle sponsors. Their commitment over the past 16 years has allowed The Rite Aid Foundation to contribute more than $30 million to nonprofit organizations in the communities Rite Aid serves. In total, The Rite Aid Foundation has contributed more than $110 million to the communities Rite Aid serves with the help of its supplier partners, customers and associates, including nearly $81 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
In addition, through its highly successful KidCents program, the Foundation supports more than 440 nonprofit 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 and support services to children who are victims of abuse or neglect.
Along with supporting these local charities, the Foundation’s KidCents program has also expanded its reach and impact by developing strategic national partnerships with Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational scholarships to the children of fallen or disabled veterans, and The Fred Rogers Company’s “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” the hit children’s series that airs daily on PBS KIDS.
“These national partnerships have made a tremendous difference in the lives of children,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation.
“Working closely with Folds of Honor over the past two years, we’ve been especially touched by the stories of those military kids whose parents have been killed or severely disabled while serving our country,” Martindale continued. “In addition to our three-year, $6 million commitment that provides Folds of Honor scholarships, we’ve teamed with Rite Aid supplier partners to create and launch the DreamShip—a hot air balloon that is touring the country to raise awareness and help generate donations for Folds of Honor.”(See related article in this issue, “Rite Aid Supplier Partners Recognized for Sponsorship, Special Support of Folds of Honor DreamShip.”)
The DreamShip has been traveling the country, making appearances at several high-profile events, including the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and a special appearance at the Golf Classic’s Southern Highlands Course, where supplier partners had the chance to see the balloon up-close. Most recently, the DreamShip made an appearance at the Kentucky Derby Festival.
Details on the DreamShip tour, including photos and the tour schedule, are available online at http://www.thedreamship.org.
During the Golf Classic, Rite Aid supplier partners also had the opportunity to participate in the Folds of Honor Patriot Cup Invitational raffle, which raised more than $3,000 for Folds of Honor. The winner of the raffle, Jerry Dowell, CEO and founder of Dowell Group, will have the opportunity to play a round of golf with a PGA or Champion Tour player at the Patriot Cup Invitational held Memorial Day weekend. The prize—valued at more than $4,200—includes roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for two, along with tickets to the Patriot Cup Gala and Freedom Concert.