Associated Retail Operations to help make the dreams of Utah kids facing life-threatening illnesses come true

Macey’s, Fresh Market, Lin’s, Dan’s and Dick’s Market stores to help make wishes come true

SALT LAKE CITY, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — This year’s Star Icon fundraising campaign is in full swing and Associated Retail Operations (Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets) is aiming to help make the dreams of Utah kids facing life-threatening illnesses come true.

ARO stores will rally together to create a little “wish magic” as they raise funds by selling blue star icons for a $1 or more donation. Thanks to the dedication of each ARO store, their team members and considerate customers, the proceeds from each star icon donation will help grant the heartfelt wishes of Utah children.

“Fundraising for Make-A-Wish means so much to our store teams. There is a bit of competitive comradery that takes place— each store team tries to grant one more wish than the other, which is wonderful to see. Ultimately, we are thrilled to help make the wishes of local children come true, as we know that wishes provide needed joy and hope to wish families.,” said Sarah Pettit, Associated Retail Operations spokesperson.

“Over the past five years, Associated Retail Operations has been instrumental in helping raise funds to grant the wishes of our Utah kids”, says Jared Perry, Make-A-Wish Utah’s CEO. “The dedication and excitement of their team members and guests translates into a true community wide effort to bring hope, strength and joy into the lives of many. We are energized by their enthusiasm for sharing the power of a wish and are excited to be partnering with them again this year.”

The annual Star Icon Campaign is Make-A-Wish Utah’s largest external fundraising event. Over the last five years, ARO stores have raised more than $343,000 and have helped grant the wishes of approximately 68 Utah kids.

This year’s campaign will run from August 17, to September 5, 2015.

About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Located at its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, MAWU offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information about MAWU, visit http://www.utah.wish.org

About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations is a group of corporate stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The corporate stores operate under five different banners: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets. Learn more about Associated Retail Operations by visiting their websites: maceys.com,freshmarketstores.com, dansfoods.com, linsmarketplace.com, dicksmarket.com. Associated Food Stores can be found at afstores.com.

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Media Contacts:

Sarah Pettit– Communication Manager
scpettit@afstores.com | (801) 978-8948 | (801) 916-1070

Kelly Wolfe – Communication Manager
kwolfe@utah.wish.org | (801) 305-1935 | (201) 233-4645

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