Walgreens kicks off six-week charitable campaign benefitting Red Nose Day

Walgreens returns as exclusive U.S. retailer of Red Noses, on sale starting April 17, to help end child poverty — one nose at a time

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Red Noses, the iconic symbol of the Red Nose Day cause to end child poverty, are on sale beginning today (17 April 2017) at all Walgreens and Duane Reade stores nationwide, kicking off the six-week charitable campaign. In its third consecutive year as the exclusive retailer of the campaign’s Red Noses, Walgreens is welcoming back Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day with comic cheer and a series of celebrations and fundraising events nationwide in support of Red Nose Day.

From now until June 3, customers can participate and show their support by purchasing a Red Nose for $1, with all profits from all sales benefitting Red Nose Day.*

“Child poverty is a public health crisis that impacts us all, and Walgreens commitment with Red Nose Day is to create urgency and build a movement to help children around the world,” said Alex Gourlay, Walgreens Boots Alliance co-chief operating officer. “Along with other campaign partners, we’re helping to create a unique and powerful opportunity for people and communities to come together to end child poverty. With more ‘Noses On’ opportunities and activities across the country for Walgreens customers and employees, we’re hoping to put some fun into building on the campaign’s success to hopefully exceed our fundraising goals.”

Ride On For Red Nose Day

For the first time, Walgreens will be hosting Ride On For Red Nose Day, two unique cycling experiences, created in conjunction with PeopleForBikes, to challenge bike riders across the U.S. to pedal for children in need. The cycling fundraising initiative includes two parts:

  • A fully supported, professional-grade road cycling experience with two routes – the first kicks off on the West Coast in Santa Barbara, Calif. on April 30, rolling into Las Vegas on May 3. The East Coast ride travels from Boston on May 21 arriving in New York City on May 24, just in time to celebrate Red Nose Day on May 25
  • A Ride On for Red Nose Day Challenge, in which individuals and groups can commit to riding in their communities to raise funds for Red Nose Day through an online fundraising platform developed for the campaign.

All donations raised during the Ride On activities will benefit the Red Nose Day Fund, and people across the country are encouraged to participate to show their support. To sign up for the challenge and for more information, visit: rideon4rednoseday.com.

“Noses On” Live

To further heighten Red Nose Day awareness, beginning in mid-April, Walgreens employees in select stores across the country will take over Facebook Live with a variety of “Noses On” videos. More than 600 participating employees, also known as “Red Nose Captains,” will complete fun activities on live video, including dancing competitions, singing challenges that Walgreens customers can participate in with employees while wearing their Red Noses, and more. Follow the Walgreens Facebook Page for live updates.

Empowering Through Video

To help launch the initiative, Walgreens, in partnership with VIMBY, a content marketing studio, created a social experiment powered by a series of Red Nose Day videos. The first, “Orange Goes Red,” features a town where the Red Nose spirit is in full force. As newcomers enter the town, they learn how they can make a difference by wearing a Red Nose. The videos also tell various stories about how Red Nose Day benefits its charity partners and enables viewers to track the campaign’s progress.

The Walgreens Impact: Driving Social Responsibility

Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion globally since its launch in the UK in 1988. For Walgreens Boots Alliance, a global, pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise, Red Nose Day is an anchor for the company’s goal of supporting health and wellbeing. Walgreens, as part of the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, raised more than $20 million in the U.S. in 2016, supported through sales of Red Noses, providing funds for nutritious meals, essential medicine, clean water and other vital aid and education-based services to children in the U.S. and across the globe.

Beneficiaries of the Red Nose Day Fund include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which provides safe places for children to learn and play after school; Children’s Health Fund, which brings essential medical services to underserved children; hunger relief organization Feeding America; Save the Children, which provides critical early childhood programs, as well as charity: water; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; and The Global Fund.

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s corporate social responsibility efforts focus on four key areas: community, environment, marketplace and workplace. For additional information on Walgreens Boots Alliance’s corporate social responsibility efforts, please refer to the recently released 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

This year, the Red Nose Day campaign will culminate in a night of special television programming celebrating Red Nose Day on May 25 starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. For more information on Red Nose Day and how to get involved, visit walgreens.com/RedNoseDay and Walgreens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

About Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day (rednoseday.org) is run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc. (comicrelief.org), a registered 501(c)(3) American public charity. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally since the campaign’s founding in 1988. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to raise money and awareness to end child poverty, and has raised over $60 million to date for the cause. Money raised for the campaign goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports programs that keep children in need safe, healthy and educated, both in America and abroad. Since launching in the U.S., Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

* Until June 3, 2017, for each Red Nose purchased Walgreens will donate $0.50 to the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports programs that help children living in poverty in the U.S. and internationally. For more information about the Red Nose Day Fund, visit rednoseday.org. No portion of purchase is tax deductible.

Contacts:
Beatrice Jimenez
212-614-4725
Beatrice.jimenez@bm.com

Calvin Peters
847-315-1232
calvin.peters@walgreens.com

Source: Walgreens

Hannaford Supermarkets launch charitable campaign, Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger

SCARBOROUGH, Maine, 2016-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hannaford Supermarkets today (November 10, 2016) announced the 2016 launch of Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger, a charitable campaign focused on helping feed individuals who do not have access to enough nutritious food.

Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger is a partnership between the supermarket and its customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York to provide food and monetary donations to local pantries and regional food banks. Donations benefit the nearly one in seven Americans – 42.2 million people — who do not have access to all the nutritious food they need.

Last year, Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger generated enough food and cash donations to purchase 679,000 meals for individuals at risk of going hungry in the Northeast.

“This program makes it convenient for Hannaford customers to support neighbors who are struggling,” said Eric Blom, company spokesman. “At a time when the need continues to grow, Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger allows people to make donations right at the supermarket and purchase food items that trigger matching donations by Hannaford.”

Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger has three parts:

Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger Boxes: Customers purchase a box of food staples for $10, and choose whether to have the box delivered to the local pantry or to donate it personally. With every box purchased, customers receive a coupon book containing $21 in coupons.
Register Donation: Throughout the month of December, customers may donate money to a local food pantry, in $5 increments, right at the register. Donors will receive a coupon book containing $21 in coupons.
Buy One, Give One: For four weeks, starting Nov. 20 customers can trigger Hannaford donations to food banks by purchasing a particular product on specific days. For each item purchased, Hannaford will donate an identical product to the state or regional food bank.

“Hannaford works all year to help fight hunger in the communities we serve, with regular donations, awareness efforts and other support,” Blom said. “We are particularly proud of the generosity shown by customers during the holiday season through Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger.”

Since 2008, Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger has contributed a total of more than $7.7 million in food, customer cash gifts and Hannaford cash donations to local food pantries and food banks.

About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 179 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.

Contact:
Eric Blom
207-885-3132

Source: Hannaford Supermarkets

ICSC Foundation presents the Canadian Community Support Award to Bentall Kennedy for their charitable campaign at the North Hill Centre in Calgary

CSC Foundation honors outstanding social campaign at local Calgary centre

TORONTO, 2015-10-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Foundation is proud to present the prestigious Canadian Community Support Award to Bentall Kennedy for their outstanding charitable campaign at the North Hill Centre, located in Calgary, Alberta.

Bentall Kennedy received accolade for their “Great Calgary Cake Off” competition, which provided the local community the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for a number of charities. Ten local teams, each representing a different charity, competed in a cake-decorating contest for the chance to win a $10,000 donation. The competition enlisted the community to vote to determine the winner, which heightened awareness for all participating charities. At the conclusion of the contest, the winning team’s charity, Cystric Fibrosis Canada, received the generous donation.

“This award recognition is a testament to the enthusiasm and hard work of the community that we are so proud to be a part of,” said Stephen J. Michniewicz, Senior Vice President, National Retail Operations, Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP. “It is gratifying to see the dedication, ideas, and creativity of our team and North Hill Centre’s staff manifest into such a fulfilling event, especially on a limited budget. On behalf of the North Hill Centre ownership and Bentall Kennedy, we are proud of everyone involved in making the event a success.”

The Canadian Community Support Awards recognize and promote the most outstanding examples of social responsibility by shopping centers in the region. To commemorate this honor, the ICSC Foundation has donated $5,000 USD to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Bentall Kennedy’s partnering charity.

“Our valuable partnership with North Hill Centre through the Great Calgary Cake Off event has been instrumental to our success in helping to fund cystic fibrosis (CF) clinics. The event helped us achieve new recognition and awareness from donors and volunteers who had never heard of cystic fibrosis before,” said Kristy Gill, Regional Executive Director Cystic Fibrosis Canada. “The ICSC Foundation’s generous contribution of $5,000 will help to support cystic fibrosis research and clinical care. These efforts bring hope to 150 children and their families that attend the specialized CF clinic at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.”

The ICSC Foundation presented the award to Bentall Kennedy during a ceremony at the Canadian Convention in Toronto. The Canadian Community Support Award winner, along with the winners of other international community support awards, are automatically entered into a global competition for the Albert Sussman International Community Support Award, which will be announced on May 22, 2016 at RECon in Las Vegas.

Want to learn more? Join the conversation on Twitter via @ICSC and #ICSCFoundation with the hashtag #MindfulMalls to recognize shopping centers that share a common vision of making a difference.

The ICSC Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the ICSC whose mission is to strengthen the global retail real estate industry by supporting students, professionals and the philanthropic work of shopping centers. For more information, visit www.icscfoundation.org.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity. They are a significant job creator, driver of GDP, and critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the collection of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. These taxes fund important municipal services like firefighters, police officers, school services, and infrastructure like roadways and parks. Shopping centers aren’t only fiscal engines however; they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate with friends and family, discuss community matters, and participate in and encourage philanthropic endeavors. For more information about ICSC visit www.icsc.org and for the latest news from ICSC and the industry go to www.thecenterofshopping.com.

SOURCE: International Council of Shopping Centers

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ICSC Foundation presents the Canadian Community Support Award to Bentall Kennedy for their charitable campaign at the North Hill Centre in Calgary

ICSC Foundation presents the Canadian Community Support Award to Bentall Kennedy for their charitable campaign at the North Hill Centre in Calgary

Estella, a leading retailer of Baby Clothes, Announces Charity Partnership With Action Against Hunger

Estella, a leading retailer of Baby Clothes, Designer Children’s Clothes & Unique Kids Clothes, today announced the debut of their back to school clothes and partnership with Action Against Hunger, a charity devoted to fighting hunger in more than 40 countries. For every purchase made from Estella this Fall and Winter, the retailer of contemporary fashions designed for children, will donate one Plumpy’Nut to a child in need. Featured on CBS’s 60 minutes and other prominent media, Plumpy’nut is a prepackaged, easy to administer peanut butter based concoction that helps severely malnourished children (6 months to 5 years old) recover from starvation.

Estella kicks off this charitable campaign with the arrival of its back to school collection of designer children’s clothes and fall apparel including kids shirts, shorts, dresses, coats, outerwear, trousers and pants for boys and girls, unisex baby clothes, baby boy and baby girl clothes.

“This charitable campaign is designed to raise awareness of a little known breakthrough cure for a big disease afflicting less fortunate babies and kids, the same age as the children our store caters to,” said Estella co-founder Chike Chukwulozie. “As an African-born American, I have witnessed childhood starvation and am excited to be doing something about it. While Estella’s campaign will not eradicate childhood starvation, we can help raise awareness and save a few lives,” added Mr. Chukwulozie.

One of the first lines to arrive that will benefit this hunger fighting program is European designer Album di Famiglia. Estella introduced this European designer to New York and online in 2003 and has now collaborated with Album di Famiglia to launch a line of baby onesie rompers. Exclusive to Estella, these striped one-piece rompers are modern, stylish, cashmere soft, yet practical and easy to care for. Made with machine washable cotton, these one-piece bodysuits make great baby gifts or baby shower gifts.

With the launch of its back to school season, Estella is also proud to debut European designer, Mormor. This Danish designer makes its US debut at Estella with hand knit baby sweaters, baby knits, kids sweaters and kids knits. In addition, Estella will be making other prominent designer debuts later this fall with the inclusion of Add; Belgian artisans Max & Lola and Simple Kids; French designers Hartford Kids & Bon Bon; British designer Caramel Baby & Child; American designers Kit+Lili, Kingsley and One Kid (luxury, yet affordable Baby coats, girls coats and boys coats); and many other high end brands perfect for Fall apparel and back to school attire.

With an appearance in September’s Cookie Magazine, Estella’s Back to School and Fall Season is already making a splash with significant contributions going towards the Action Against Hunger campaign. “Our goal at Estella is to provide customers with unique fashions that are distinctive yet practical, comfortable, yet contemporary and to do so with civic responsibility. With our collaboration with Action Against Hunger and prominent designer collections, we have squarely met this goal this season.” stated Mr. Chukwulozie.

With appearances in The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Dailycandy.com, CNN.com, Vogue, InStyle, NBC’s Today Show, Town & Country, US Weekly and numerous other publications, blogs and web sites, Estella is the leader in baby clothes and designer kids clothes. For more information on Estella or to start shopping for unique baby clothes and kids clothes, please visit http://www.estella-nyc.com.

About Estella
Renowned as the source for cutting-edge kids clothes, Estella has quietly established itself as the designer infant clothing shop that celebrities, stylists, royalty and those in the know look to when they want something fresh. Featuring distinctive and unique baby clothes and kids’ clothes that are brought to life with modern designs, incredible detail, unusual colors and sumptuous fabrics, Estella’s innovative approach offers gorgeous items selected for beauty and character. Founded in 2002, Estella is privately held and headquartered in New York, NY. For more information about Estella, please visit the company’s web site at http://www.estella-nyc.com.

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