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New BJ’s Wholesale Club partnership to bring awareness to skin cancer prevention and sun safety best practices

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., 2017-May-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club today announced a partnership with vendors and the Melanoma Research Alliance that will bring awareness to skin cancer prevention and sun safety best practices.

BJ’s Wholesale Club and vendors have partnered to contribute $800,000 to the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest private funder of melanoma research, in support of its mission to accelerate powerful research and advance cures.

“BJ’s is proud to bring awareness to sun safety and melanoma prevention during this year’s Melanoma Awareness Month,” said Mike Leary, senior vice president, food, sundries and beverages at BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We’re grateful for the support of our vendor partners and MRA, which continues to pioneer groundbreaking research to more effectively help prevent, diagnose and treat this deadly disease.”

The partnership is a collaboration among BJ’s, MRA and vendors including: Bimbo Bakeries USA, Cape Cod Chips, Clorox, Digestive Advantage, Dixie®, Eucerin®, Hillshire Farm®, Nature Made®, Neutrogena®, Perrier, P&G, Reebok, Robinson Fresh®, Sealy and Starbucks®.

“Corporate partners like BJ’s make it possible for MRA to increase public knowledge about the seriousness of melanoma and ways to reduce risk and improve early detection,” said Michael Kaplan, president and chief executive officer of the Melanoma Research Alliance. “We’re pleased to have the generous support of BJ’s and its vendors. Their collective dedication to sun safety and wellness is essential to amplify MRA’s message and garner the resources necessary to advance our mission.”

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About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 132 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

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BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA)
Founded in 2007 under the auspices of the Milken Institute, with the generous support of Debra and Leon Black, the Melanoma Research Alliance exists to accelerate treatment options and find a cure for melanoma. As the largest nonprofit funder of melanoma research, it has dedicated $88 million and leveraged an additional $82 million towards its mission. Through its support, MRA has championed revolutions in immunotherapy, targeted therapies, novel combinations and diagnostics. Due to the ongoing support of its founders, 100 percent of donations to MRA go directly to its melanoma research program. MRA’s ability to fund wide-ranging research in melanoma is amplified by unique collaborations and partnerships with individuals, private foundations, and corporations. Visit for more information, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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