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Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market raised more than $100,000 for Make-A-Wish® Utah

Salt Lake City, UT, 2016-Sep-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The wishes of multiple Utah children will finally become a reality thanks to several local grocery stores. Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market raised more than $100,000 for Make-A-Wish® Utah during the August star icon drive. The money raised will grant 20 wishes Utah children facing life-threatening medical conditions. As the top-selling store, Lin’s in Cedar City, Utah will host a wish proclamation (wish reveal) party in early 2017 for one child waiting to receive their wish.

From August 1-31, guests at all 42 Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market locations were invited to purchase a star icon during checkout. Any amount could be donated for the star, allowing guests to help in whatever way they could with contributions ranging from pocket change to several dollars at a time.

“Our guests are amazing and really step up to help each other out. The Make-A-Wish drive is a guest favorite and we’re so honored to be able to work with an organization like Make-A-Wish Utah to make a difference in the lives of our community members,” said Darin Peirce, south district manager for Associated Retail Operations.

Associated Retail Operations has granted more than 95 wishes since partnering with Make-A-Wish® Utah in 2010.

“It’s inspiring to see this many community grocery stores participate in a statewide campaign to help grant wishes to local children,” said Jared Perry, Make-A-Wish® Utah CEO. “This annual fundraiser is successful because of the generosity of store employees and guests. Wishes could not be granted without the support of amazing individuals and organizations. Associated Retail Operations and their guests are true community partners.”

About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:

Dick’s Market—
Fresh Market—

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 in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, Make-A-Wish® Utah offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information, visit us online at, on social @makeawishutah or give us a call at (801) 262-9474.

Make-A-Wish® Utah Media Contact:

Kelsey DiTommaso
Marketing Manager
(801) 305-1935 o
(972) 765-0325 c

Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel

Source: Associated Food Stores

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