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:

Macey’s—www.maceys.com
Lin’s—www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s—www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market—www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market—www.freshmarketstores.com

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 www.utah.wish.org, on social @makeawishutah or give us a call at (801) 262-9474.

Make-A-Wish® Utah Media Contact:

Kelsey DiTommaso
Marketing Manager
kditommaso@utah.wish.org
(801) 305-1935 o
(972) 765-0325 c

Media Contact:
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

Source: Associated Food Stores

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