Rite Aid’s Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest winners announced

Rhode Island Pharmacy Technician and Virginia Customer Each Win $2,500 Rite Aid Gift Card in Customer Service Sweeps

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2017-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid is proud to announce the two winners of this year’s Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest. Amanda Bourque, a Rite Aid pharmacy technician from Coventry, Rhode Island and JoAnn Lankford, a loyal Rite Aid customer from Providence Forge, Virginia were selected at random from more than 13,000 unique entries. Established in 2003, the contest was designed to honor Rite Aid pharmacy associates for their commitment to providing outstanding customer care and service.

During American Pharmacist Month in October, Rite Aid customers had the opportunity to submit mail-in and online ballots nominating their favorite pharmacy team member. The names of one customer and one pharmacy team member were each randomly drawn to receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. Every nominated Rite Aid pharmacy team member was acknowledged with an official pin and a letter of commendation from CEO of Rite Aid Stores and President of Rite Aid Corporation Ken Martindale and Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad.

“As one of the most highly valued and trusted professionals in the industry, I am proud of the year-round commitment and effort our entire pharmacy teams display in order to help our customers lead healthier lives,” said Konrad. “I’d like to congratulate our two winners and each nominated pharmacy team member for continuing to deliver excellent customer care and service to those in the communities we serve.”

Amanda Bourque, Rite Aid’s winning Pharmacy Team Member, has been a pharmacy technician for more than five years at the store in Coventry, Rhode Island. Bourque is known for her friendliness and eagerness to consistently help customers while making them feel welcome.

“Starting her career with Rite Aid as a cashier, Amanda has continued to grow as an associate and pharmacy professional,” said Diane Kuriscak, Rite Aid pharmacy district manager. “Amanda is a valuable member of our pharmacy team, who is dedicated to providing caring moments of service to our customers and I’m so happy her hard work and strong work ethic has not gone unrecognized.”

Rite Aid’s winning customer is JoAnn Lankford of Providence Forge, Virginia. She participated in the program by nominating a pharmacy technician at her local store.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Rite Aid starts its annual fundraising campaign to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

  • Now Through May 6, Customers Can Purchase $1 Paper Miracle Balloons to Support Their Local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital
  • Rite Aid Raised $6 Million in 2016, Bringing Grand Fundraising Total Since 1994 to Nearly $81 Million

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Mar-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — From now through May 6, Rite Aid associates chainwide will be raising money for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital during the Company’s annual Miracle Balloon campaign. Rite Aid customers will be encouraged to support their local children’s hospital by purchasing $1 paper Miracle Balloon and in return, customers will receive $7 in coupon offers for select products sold at Rite Aid.

“For nearly 25 years, Rite Aid has been a proud sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our associates to raise funds during the campaign and the generosity of our customers and supplier partners, we’re able to bring our core value of being a caring neighbor to life, helping to make miracles happen for children being treated at the 95 hospitals we support across the country.”

The 2017 campaign marks Rite Aid’s 23rd year of fundraising for the organization, which helps provide pediatric equipment, treatments, research, therapy programs and charitable care benefiting sick and injured kids. Since becoming a partner in 1994, Rite Aid has raised nearly $81 million, including $6 million in 2016, for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, making Rite Aid the organization’s sixth largest corporate partner. In addition to selling Miracle Balloons, Rite Aid associates host a variety of special fundraisers such as motorcycle rides, golf and fishing tournaments, plant and flower sales and car washes.

“We’re thrilled our long-time partner, Rite Aid, is kicking off their annual fundraising campaign during Children’s Hospitals Week, a new initiative dedicated to shining a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help kids get the best care when they need it,” said John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. “We are so grateful for Rite Aid’s continued support and applaud their unwavering commitment to improve the lives of the sick and injured children.”

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

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Rite Aid Foundation welcomes 219 new nonprofit organizations into its KidCents program

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Jan-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation is welcoming 219 new nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the health and wellness of children into its KidCents program. Selected by Rite Aid associates and representative of the communities served by Rite Aid, each new charity will receive a $5,000 KidCents grant in recognition of their efforts and participation in the KidCents program, totaling more than $1 million.

“Thanks to the generosity of our customers, for over three years, our KidCents program has been able to provide critical funding for a variety of programs ranging from equine and aquatic therapy services to after school enrichment to counseling and crisis services for at risk youth,” said President of The Rite Aid Foundation Ken Martindale, who also serves as Rite Aid CEO of stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation. “There’s no question these organizations are making a real difference in the lives of children, and The Rite Aid Foundation looks forward to working with our new class of KidCents charities to do even more in the coming year to help kids in the communities we serve have a chance at a brighter future.”

The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, which now includes more than 430 charities, has offered nonprofits located in communities served by Rite Aid a unique way to fund raise in support of those they serve. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s wellness+with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to the general KidCents fund. They can also designate where their change goes by choosing a specific KidCents charity to support.

To participate, Rite Aid customers can sign into their wellness+with Plentiaccount at www.kidcents.com and review the profiles of approved KidCents charities they can choose to support. Each charity profile features information about the organization and the services it provides as well as stories of those helped by the organization. Once a charity is selected, the next time the customer shops at Rite Aid, their purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and their change will be designated to their selected charity.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $27 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

The 219 charities joining The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program include:
Alabama
 
Alabama CASA Network
Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center
Common Ground Montgomery
Glenwood Inc.
SAYNO

California

A Place Called Home
Ability First Sports
Agape Villages Foster Family Agency
Along Comes Hope
Blind Children’s Center
Boys & Girls Club of Fontana
Boys & Girls Club of Ventura County
Boys & Girls Club of Whittier
Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra
CASA of San Bernardino County
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families
Children’s Home Society of California
Children’s Lifesaving Foundation
Coachella Valley Autism Society
Coastal Performing Arts Foundation
Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County
Culinary Arts Kids Eat
Family Support Network
Junior Achievement of Sacramento
Kern Partnership for Children and Families
Long Beach BLAST – Better Learning After School Today
Operation SafeHouse
Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center
Para Los Niño’s
Promises2Kids Foundation
Richstone Family Center
River Oak Center for Children
Samaritan House
The Raise Foundation
Tulare Youth Service Bureau, Inc.
Valley Achievement Center
Variety Children’s Charity of the Desert
Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
Voices for Children
Watts Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club

Colorado

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
Tennyson Center for Children

Connecticut

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury
Waterbury Youth Service System, Inc.

Georgia

Camp Sunshine Inc.
ConnectAbility
Extra Special People
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center
Lindsey’s Place Camp
Never Too Late
Our House
Special Olympics Georgia

Indiana

Kidds Society Inc.

Kentucky

CASA of Bracken, Fleming & Mason Counties
Children’s Advocacy Center of the Green River District
New Pathways For Children
Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky
Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services

Louisiana

Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana
Brave Heart Children in Need
Girls on the Run New Orleans
Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Youth Enrichment Program

Maine

Families and Children Together
My Place Teen Center

Maryland

Center for Children, Inc.
Girls Inc. of Washington County
Hearing and Speech Agency
Inner County Outreach
The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Massachusetts

America SCORES Boston
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Inc.
Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest
Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County
James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn

Michigan

Beyond Basics
Boys & Girls Club of Troy
Boys & Girls Clubs of Great Lakes Bay Region
CASA-The Voice for Clinton County’s Children
Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County
Child Safe Michigan
En Gedi
Gratiot County Child Advocacy Association
Kalamazoo County Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Council
Never Down For The Count Youth Services
Offering Alternative Therapy With Smiles
Vista Maria
Weiss Child Advocacy Center

Mississippi

Palmer Home for Children

New Hampshire

Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley
Carriage Barn Equestrian Center Therapeutic Riding Program Inc.
Friends Program Inc.
The Chase Home for Children

New Jersey

American Children’s Society Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County
CASA for Children of Essex County Inc.
Emmanuel Cancer Foundation
Harbor House
Pinwheel Place
Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children
Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund
Woodbury Child Development Center

New York

A Free Bird
ACDS
Adaptive Sports Foundation
AutismUp
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region
Boys & Girls Club of Eden
Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Inc.
Camp Good Days & Special Times
Charity for Children
Crossroads Center for Children
CURE Childhood Cancer Association
Daystar For Medically Fragile Children
EPIC – Every Person Influences Children
Fresh Youth Initiatives
Gateway Longview
Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region
Little Flower Children & Family Services of New York
Motivational Recovery Environments
QSAC, Inc.
Quest Youth Organization, Inc.
S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc.
South Bronx United
The Children’s Village
The House of the Good Shepherd
The New York Center for Children
Things of My Very Own Inc.
Tioga County Boys and Girls Club
Tomorrow’s Leaders NYC
Uniqkid, Inc.

North Carolina

Bit of Hope Ranch 
Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tar River Region
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County
Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program
Council for Children’s Rights
Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of NC
Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas
SafeChild

Ohio

Achievement Center for Children
Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio
Children’s Rights Collaborative of Northwest Ohio
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo
Kids In Need Foundation
Making Kids Count
Orville Area Boys & Girls Club

Oregon

Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley
Chelsea Hicks Foundation
Family Solutions
Integral Youth Services
Oregon Children’s Foundation – SMART

Pennsylvania

Be Proud Foundation
Boys & Girls Club of Potter County
Caitlin’s Smiles
Camp Dreamcatcher
Child Development, Inc.
Cradles to Crayons
Elwyn
George Junior Republic
Gwen’s Girls
Holding Hope
Joshua Group
Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center
Marley’s Mission
Minding Your Mind
Peter’s Place
Reflections of Grace Foundation
Seton Hill Child Services, Inc.
Special People in Northeast Inc.
The Goofy Gators
The Vista School
The Woodlands
Turning Points for Children
Westmoreland Children First
Youth Service, Inc.

Rhode Island

Camp Surefire Foundation
Special Olympics Rhode Island

South Carolina

Carolina Children’s Charity
Children’s Chance
Collins Children’s Home
WINGS for Kids

Tennessee

Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County
Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District of TN
F.I.N.D. Design
Haley’s Heart Foundation
STARS

Utah

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake
The Family Support Center

Vermont

Windham County Safe Place Child Advocacy Center

Virginia

Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Children’s Health Investment Program
CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation
Comfort Zone Camp
Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates
Families of Autistic Children in Tidewater
One Child Center for Autism
Prevent Child Abuse Virginia
Virginia Beach Court Appointed Special Advocates

Washington

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue
Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Boys and Girls Clubs of Skagit County
Children’s Developmental Center
Children’s Home Society of Washington
Hand in Hand
HopeSparks
Northeast Youth Center
Special Olympics Washington
Treehouse
Youth Advocacy Center of Lewis County
YouthCare

West Virginia

John W. Hereford Boys & Girls Club of Huntington
West Virginia Child Advocacy Network

Contact:
Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid

Rite Aid Foundation donates $1.8 million to KidCents charities on behalf of customers who’ve received flu shot this season

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Oct-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recognition of customers who protect themselves, their families and their communities by getting flu shots this season, The Rite Aid Foundation announced today (Oct. 26, 2016)  that it is donating more than $1.8 million to KidCents charities that spread hope. Each of the more than 360 KidCents charities, located in communities served by Rite Aid, will receive a $5,000 grant to support programs that improve the health and well-being of children in their communities.

“Hope can be more contagious than the flu and that’s especially true in the case of our more than 360 KidCents charities,” said Rite Aid CEO of Stores and President of Rite Aid Corporation Ken Martindale, who also serves as president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Making sure kids have a chance for better lives and brighter futures supports the mission of The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program. This donation, made on behalf of all Rite Aid customers who’ve received a flu shot this season, will help our partner charities as they continue making a difference in the lives of those they serve and their communities.”

KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers with an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s free loyalty program, wellness+ with Plenti, can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 360 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and well-being of children. For more information, visit www.kidcents.org.

Flu shots are now available at Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide. Customers can visit any of Rite Aid’s nearly 4,600 convenient pharmacy locations to receive a flu shot from a certified immunizing Rite Aid pharmacist, subject to state regulations. Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B and are available during pharmacy hours; no appointment is necessary. To locate the nearest Rite Aid pharmacy, visit www.riteaid.com or call 1-800-RITE-AID.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $27 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Media Contact:
Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

DreamShip hot air balloon took off on a year-long journey to raise awareness of Folds of Honor

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — With Lady Liberty and One World Trade Center as a symbolic backdrop of the freedoms America’s military proudly defend, today (Sept. 29, 2016), DreamShip, a fully operational hot air balloon will take its inaugural flight before embarking on a year-long journey to raise awareness of Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization based in Owasso, Oklahoma, dedicated to providing educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled service members. With a design as unique as its mission, the DreamShip, will showcase artwork created by Folds of Honor scholarship recipients symbolizing their hopes and dreams for the future.

The DreamShip will be officially unveiled during a ceremony today at 10 a.m. at Liberty Landing Marina inside Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, New Jersey. New Jersey Lieutenant Governor and proud military mother Kim Guadagno will join Rite Aid CEO of stores, President of Rite Aid Corporation and President of The Rite Aid Foundation Ken Martindale and Folds of Honor Founder Major Dan Rooney at the celebration, as well as several Folds of Honor scholarship recipients, whose dreams are featured on the DreamShip, and area Rite Aid associates.

“Today is a very special day for Folds of Honor, but it’s only the beginning,” said Martindale. “From here on out, with every launch, the DreamShip will lift up the dreams of children helped by Folds of Honor, both physically and metaphorically, and The Rite Aid Foundation could not envision a better way to show our support of Folds of Honor, our veterans and their children.”

Standing eight stories tall, the DreamShip is comprised of more than 400 fabric panels, 130 of which uniquely feature drawings of the dreams of children helped by Folds of Honor. With an internal volume of 105,000 cubic feet, it would take approximately 405,000 standard d basketballs to completely fill the fully inflated balloon. Fully operational, the DreamShip will be operated by a licensed balloon pilot and is able to fly just like any other hot air balloon.

“I am honored to be here today with families of service members who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “Through Folds of Honor, Major Rooney has made a commitment to support the children and families of the fallen and disabled heroes long past their darkest hours. Without the involvement of The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, the DreamShip would not be able to serve as an important visual reminder, one which people often forget, that sacrifices are also made by the families when their loved ones go to war.”

The launch event will also include special exhibits including a virtual reality hot air balloon ride and a virtual reality art station, where kids can use Tilt Brush technology to draw their dreams. Event goers will also be able to watch videos showcasing children helped by Folds of Honor, purchase Folds of Honor merchandise and learn how they can support the organization.

“We cannot think of a better way to showcase the stories and dreams of our scholarship recipients than to lift them up with the DreamShip for the world to see,” said Rooney. “Folds of Honor is so fortunate to partner with The Rite Aid Foundation in our mission to educate the legacy of our fallen and disabled service members. We look forward to following the DreamShip on its journey across the country and sharing the stories of our deserving scholarship recipients.”

Follow the DreamShip
With support from official DreamShip sponsors including The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., maker of Tylenol®, Nestlé Waters, maker of Nestlé Pure Life, and Unilever, maker of SUAVE®, the DreamShip will travel the country, serving as a constant symbol of the commitment made by Folds of Honor, its partners and donors, to honor the nation’s fallen and disabled service members and their families.

Immediately after today’s launch, the DreamShip will begin its year-long tour of the United States. To learn more about the DreamShip, including upcoming appearances and the children being helped by DreamShip, visit www.theDreamShip.org.

Support Folds of Honor
In addition to supporting Folds of Honor as the DreamShip travels the country, people can also support Folds of Honor by texting #dreamship to 364-13 (FOH-13) or visiting www.theDreamShip.org. Additionally, people can join Rite Aid’s free loyalty program, www.kidcents.com.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq, Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded more than 10,000 scholarships in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, including more than 2,500 in 2015 alone. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, visit www.foldsofhonor.org.

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Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

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400 students recipients of Folds of Honor educational scholarships through Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Sep-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation announced today (Sept. 12, 2016)  that more than 400 students have been named recipients of Folds of Honor educational scholarships through its KidCents program. Totaling more than $1.8 million, this is the first round of scholarships to be awarded as part of The Rite Aid Foundation’s previously announced three-year, $6 million commitment to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization based in Owasso, Oklahoma, dedicated to providing educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled service members.

From now through October 14, Rite Aid associates will recognize students receiving the scholarships during special in-store celebration events. In addition to the scholarship, each student will receive a commemorative certificate and Rite Aid gift card.

“It’s exciting to see The Rite Aid Foundation’s relationship with Folds of Honor continue to grow and we are especially thrilled to increase our level of support by providing an even greater number of educational scholarships to these most-deserving students,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “We are proud to stand with Folds of Honor and look forward to doing even more with this incredible organization in honor of our country’s military heroes and their families.”

“Only through the generosity of partners like The Rite Aid Foundation is Folds of Honor able to deliver on its mission of honoring our nation’s heroes through education,” said Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor Founder. “Our scholars and their families are so grateful for The Rite Aid Foundation’s unwavering commitment and continued support. Together, we are making sure that every Folds of Honor scholarship recipient is able to pay tribute to the sacrifice and legacy of their parent through their pursuit of academic excellence.”

KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s www.kidcents.com.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $27 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq, Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded more than 10,000 scholarships in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, including more than 2,500 in 2015 alone. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, visit www.foldsofhonor.org.

Media Contact:

Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

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Winners of Rite Aid’s 2015 Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest announced

  • Michigan Pharmacy Technician and Maryland Customer Each Win $2,500 Rite Aid Gift Card in Customer Service Contest

CAMP HILL, Pa. , 2016-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid is proud to announce the two winners of the 2015 Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member Contest. Sharon Balser, a Rite Aid pharmacy technician from Milford, Mich., and Theresa Forrest, a loyal Rite Aid customer from Gwynn Oak, Md., were both selected at random from more than 11,000 unique entries. The contest was designed to recognize Rite Aid pharmacy associates for their commitment to providing excellent customer service.

To enter, customers submitted mail-in nominations and online ballots during American Pharmacists Month in October. The names of one customer and one pharmacy team member were each randomly drawn to receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. All nominated Rite Aid pharmacy team members will be recognized with a Favorite Pharmacy Team Member lapel pin and a letter of commendation from CEO of Rite Aid Stores and President of Rite Aid Corporation Ken Martindale and Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Jocelyn Konrad.

“We are excited to celebrate the Rite Aid pharmacy teams who are continuing to provide caring moments of service to loyal customers across the country,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. “With more than 11,000 entries, it’s phenomenal to see the appreciation our customers have for their local pharmacy associates, and I’d like to thank each nominated team member for championing Rite Aid’s promise to deliver outstanding customer service – With us, it’s personal.”

Sharon Balser, Rite Aid’s winning Pharmacy Team Member, has been a pharmacy technician for nearly 30 years at the store in Milford, Mich. and was nominated six times this year. Balser is known for her kindness and her ability to consistently help customers while making them feel appreciated.

“With more than 30 years at Rite Aid, Sharon is the perfect example of what it means to provide excellent service with a personal touch,” said Rony Foumia, Rite Aid pharmacy district manager. “I’m thrilled that her hard work and dedication are being recognized as she is truly an exceptional pharmacy technician.”

Rite Aid’s winning customer is Theresa Forrest of Gwynn Oak, Md. She participated in the program by nominating a pharmacy technician at her local store in Baltimore.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Media: Kristin Kellum, 717-975-5713

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Miracle Balloon campaign: Rite Aid kicks off its annual fundraising program for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

  • Customers Can Support Their Local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital with Purchase of $1 Paper Miracle Balloons
  • Rite Aid Raised $6.3 Million in 2015, Bringing Grand Fundraising Total Since 1994 to More Than $75 Million

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Mar-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid’s 22nd annual Miracle Balloon campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a leading nonprofit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, is now underway. From now through April 30, Rite Aid customers can support their local children’s hospital by purchasing $1 paper Miracle Balloons at any Rite Aid store. To show appreciation, supporters will receive $7 in coupon offers for a variety of items sold at Rite Aid.

“Thanks to our caring associates, supportive customers and generous supplier partners, in 2015, Rite Aid raised $6.3 million for the 95 local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals we support across the country,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Rite Aid is proud of its longstanding relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and we look forward to another successful campaign this year, raising much-needed funds to benefit the sick and injured children in the communities we serve.”

In addition to selling $1 paper Miracle Balloons, Rite Aid associates plan and host a variety of community fundraisers to help raise additional funds including golf tournaments, yard sales, car washes and other special events. Members of Rite Aid’s management team also dedicate a day each summer to washing cars and participating in an obstacle course outside the company’s headquarters in Camp Hill, Pa.

“Rite Aid is a phenomenal partner in our efforts to raise funds and awareness for children’s hospitals. As charities, children’s hospitals rely on donations to provide much-needed equipment, treatments and charitable care for kids,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Support from Rite Aid customers, associates and their supplier partners ensures kids in their communities have the care they deserve.”

Since becoming a partner in 1994, Rite Aid has raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, making Rite Aid the organization’s sixth largest corporate partner. Funds raised by Rite Aid help to provide pediatric equipment, treatments, research, therapy programs and charitable care benefiting sick and injured kids.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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KidCents charities to receive over $1.5 Million from Rite Aid Foundation’s Big Hearts Give Challenge

182 KidCents Charities to be Honored by Rite Aid Associates    

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the spirit of the season, throughout the month of February, Rite Aid associates across the country will recognize their local KidCents charities for participating in The Rite Aid Foundation’s Big Heart Gives Challenge. The special challenge was designed by The Rite Aid Foundation to help KidCents charities raise awareness, grow their donor network and earn additional funds for their organization. In all, The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program will donate a total of $1,597,500 to 182 KidCents charities.

Rite Aid CEO of stores and President of Rite Aid Corporation, Ken Martindale, who also serves as president of The Rite Aid Foundation, will kick off the month-long celebration by presenting a $12,500 donation to Nativity School of Harrisburg, a privately run, independent, non-denominational, faith-based preparatory middle school for inner city boys in Harrisburg today at 10 a.m.

“Our Big Hearts Give Challenge was a fun way for KidCents charities to earn a donation for their organization while raising awareness about the valuable work they are doing and expanding their donor network,” said Martindale. “The Rite Aid Foundation looks forward to developing other unique opportunities through our KidCents program to help our partner charities raise much-needed funds, so that they can continue making a difference in the lives of the children they serve.”

KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 360 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children.

To participate, Rite Aid customers can sign into their wellness+ with Plenti account at www.kidcents.com and review the profiles of approved KidCents charities they can choose to support. Each charity profile features information about the organization and the services it provides as well as stories of those helped by the organization. Once a charity is selected, the next time the customer shops at Rite Aid, their purchase will be rounded up to the nearest dollar and their change will be designated to their selected charity.

Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program can visit www.kidcents.com/apply to submit an application. To be eligible, an organization must be classified as exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and meet the KidCents program guidelines. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.

Including the Big Hearts Give Challenge, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $25 million since 2001 to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents charities that participated in the Big Hearts Give Challenge include:

Alabama
Hand in Paw Inc.
HEAL Inc.
HEALS, Inc.
YouthServe, Inc.

California
Bags4kids Foundation
Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center
Blind Children’s Learning Center
Boys & Girls Club of Cypress
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley
Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County
Children Today
Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County
Children’s Fund
Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento
Coastal Kids Home Care
Coastal Performing Arts Foundation
Happy Trails Children’s Foundation
Healthier Kids Foundation
Home Start Inc.
Junior Blind of America
Learning Enrichment After-School Program, Inc.
Maryvale
Miracle Babies
Project Hope Alliance
Special Olympics San Diego County
Speech and Language Development Center
The Carolyn E. Wylie Center for Children, Youth and Families
Youth Violence Prevention Council

Colorado
Children’s Outreach Project
Colorado UpLift
Shiloh House

Connecticut
Covenant to Care for Children
Family & Children’s Aid
Kids in Crisis
KIDSAFE CT
‘r Kids, Inc.

Georgia
A Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center, Inc.
A Friend’s House, Inc.
Challenged Child and Friends, Inc.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Lowndes County Inc.
Chris Kids, Inc.
Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy
SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center
Savannah Speech and Hearing Center

Kentucky
Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky
Gateway Children’s Advocacy Center
Harlan County Boys & Girls Club Inc.
Home of the Innocents
Hope’s Place
The Center for Courageous Kids

Louisiana
Hope Extreme, Inc.
The Emerge Center

Maine
Mahoosuc Kids Association
Spruce Run Womancare Alliance

Maryland
Baltimore Child Abuse Center
Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation
Charles County Children’s Aid Society
Good Shepherd Services
KEEN Greater DC
Kennedy Krieger Institute
The Maryland Salem Children’s Trust Inc.

Massachusetts
Berkshire County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill
Children’s Cove: The Cape & Islands Child Advocacy Center
DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services
House of Peace & Education
House of Possibilities
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.
The Home for Little Wanderers

Michigan
CARE House of Oakland County
Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County
Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, Inc.
Conductive Learning Center
Ennis Center for Children
Inner City Youth Group
Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team
The Children’s Center
Washtenaw Area Council for Children
Whaley Children’s Center

Mississippi
Mississippi Children’s Home Services

New Hampshire
Nashua Children’s Home
TLC Family Resource Center
Zebra Crossings

New Jersey
Celtic Charms, Inc.
Community Treatment Solutions
Deirdre’s House
Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss
Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children
Ocean of Love, Inc.
Someone’s Daughter
Summit Speech School
The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families, Inc.
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey

New York
America SCORES New York
Astor Services for Children & Families
Birch Family Services, Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Eden
Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady
Brooklyn Autism Center
Cameron Community Ministries
Covenant House New York
Cradle Beach
Hillside Children’s Center
Hunts Point Alliance for Children
Kids Oneida Inc.
Learning Leaders
Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center
Partnership for After School Education
Pathways, Inc.
Rochester Childfirst Network
Safe Inc., of Schenectady
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children
Summit Educational Resources
Syracuse Silver Knight Foundation
The Children’s Aid Society

North Carolina
A Child’s Place
Child Advocacy Center, Inc.
Nazareth Children’s Home
OASIS NC
Prevent Blindness North Carolina
Prevent Child Abuse Rowan
The Little Willie Center
Wilmington Health Access for Teens

Ohio
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve
Cleveland Sight Center
ICONS
Inspiring Minds
Providence Therapeutic Equestrian Center
The Littlest Heroes
Youth Challenge

Oklahoma
Folds of Honor

Oregon
Children’s Cancer Association
KIDS Center
SouthSide Youth Outreach

Pennsylvania
Aaron’s Acres
Attic Youth Center
Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg
Camelot for Children, Inc.
Child to Family Connections
Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley Inc.
Dragonfly Forest
Dreams Go On Inc.
Equi-librium Inc.
Family Services of Western Pennsylvania
Family Support of Central PA
Graceful Acres
Harrisburg Police Athletic League
HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Homeless Children’s Education Fund
Jeremiah’s Place
Joshua House
Leg Up Farm
Nativity School of Harrisburg
Sarah Heinz House
So Love Autistic Center
The Center for Grieving Children
Wyoming Valley Children’s Association

Rhode Island
Children’s Friend and Service
The Matty Fund

South Carolina
The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center

Tennessee
Junior Achievement of the Ocoee Region
Y-MOT, Inc.

Utah
Foundation for Children and Youth with Diabetes

Vermont
Boys & Girls Club of Burlington

Virginia
Boys & Girls Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley Inc.
CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation
Edmarc Hospice for Children
EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program
Matthew’s Haven, Inc.
Special Olympics Virginia, Inc.
Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern VA

Washington
A Gift for Special Children
American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Reliable Enterprises

West Virginia
Childhood Language Center
Children’s Therapy Clinic, Inc.
Crittenton Services, Inc.
Disability Action Center Inc.
Youth Services System, Inc.

 

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Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program donates $2 million to The Fred Rogers Company to support production of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS

New Funding to Support Production of Award-Winning Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS KIDS

Camp Hill, Pa, 2016-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program announced today a $2 million donation to The Fred Rogers Company, a non-profit company that specializes in creating quality children’s programming for public television. The donation will be used to support production of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the Emmy-nominated hit children’s series that airs daily on PBS KIDS.

In recognition of the donation, Rite Aid CEO of stores and President of Rite Aid Corporation Ken Martindale, who also serves as president of The Rite Aid Foundation, and The Fred Rogers Company President William Isler, will host a press conference at the Heinz History Center today at 10:30 a.m. Martindale and Isler will be joined by the star of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger.

“The mission of The Fred Rogers Company perfectly aligns with The Rite Aid Foundation’s goal of supporting the health and wellbeing of children in the ‘neighborhoods’ we serve,” said Martindale. “A beloved part of households nationwide, every day, Daniel Tiger and his friends are teaching young viewers important life lessons and social skills, helping them grow and learn. The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to partner with The Fred Rogers Company and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and join them in their efforts to promote positive childhood development in the most formative years.”

“We are so grateful to The Rite Aid Foundation for its invaluable support, which will allow us to continue to positively reach and connect with millions of young children and their families throughout the U.S.,” said Isler. “Just as The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program serves communities from coast-to-coast, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a close and trusted friend to preschoolers and their moms, dads, and caregivers in communities nationwide, and we look forward to serving many more families in the years to come with the help of this generous donation.”

As part of the partnership, a special Rite Aid Foundation underwriting spot will air before and after every episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, beginning next month. Underwriting credits will also be included on digital platforms, building awareness about The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program among fans of the series.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and uses musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity, and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for success in school and in life. The popular animated series was created by some of today’s preeminent innovators of quality children’s media. Creator Angela Santomero, from lead production partner Out of the Blue Enterprises, is co-executive producer, along with Kevin Morrison of The Fred Rogers Company and Vince Commisso of the award-winning animation studio, 9 Story Entertainment.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood has garnered a host of prestigious awards, and most recently was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program. This recognition follows a string of additional honors, including a 2015 Parents’ Choice Gold Award and 2014 Prix Jeunesse International Selection as well as the 2013 Kidscreen Award for Best Animated Series in the Preschool Category, and 2013 Cynopsis: Kids! Imagination Award for Preschool Series.

KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 300 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $21 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

The Fred Rogers Company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly rated, award-winning children’s series include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat and Odd Squad. For more information, visit www.fredrogers.org.

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The Rite Aid Foundation donates $25,000 to the Palmetto South Carolina Region chapter of the American Red Cross to help flood victims

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid today announced that The Rite Aid Foundation is making a $25,000 donation to the Palmetto South Carolina Region chapter of the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities affected by last week’s severe flooding.

“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the historic floods,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “It is one of Rite Aid’s core values to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross as relief efforts continue and rebuilding begins in South Carolina.”

Rite Aid operates 20 stores in greater Columbia area and an additional 71 stores across South Carolina. The Company employs approximately 1,300 associates across the state.

“The American Red Cross Palmetto South Carolina Region is so grateful for the generous donation from The Rite Aid Foundation as we work to provide emergency needs, quickly and efficiently, to the people who are in need,” said Louise Welch, American Red Cross Palmetto South Carolina Region executive director. “The support of partners like Rite Aid is truly making a difference in communities across South Carolina.”

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $21 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Rite Aid honors 274 student recipients of Folds of Honor educational scholarships provided by The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program

Scholarships Funded through Rite Aid Foundation’s $1.3 Million Donation to Folds of Honor

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the month of September, Rite Aid associates nationwide will honor 274 students who have been named recipients of Folds of Honor educational scholarships provided by The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program. The $1.3 million donation to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization based in Owasso, Okla., dedicated to providing educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled veterans, was first announced in May during Folds of Honor’s annual Patriot Cup Invitational.

Rite Aid CEO of Stores and President of Rite Aid Corporation Ken Martindale, who also serves as president of The Rite Aid Foundation, and Major Dan Rooney, CEO and Founder of Folds of Honor, will kick off the month of recognition by presenting 18 students from the greater Virginia Beach area with scholarships totaling $90,000. The presentation will take place today at the Rite Aid store located at 897 Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia Beach at 10 a.m.

“There’s no better place for us to begin our month-long recognition of the KidCents scholarships recipients than Virginia Beach, a community that holds the men and women who serve our country, and their families, in the highest regard,” said Martindale. “I know I speak for Rite Aid associates everywhere when I say that to have an opportunity to meet the young scholars and their families, and to hear their stories and listen to them talk about their educational aspirations, is truly an honor. The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to be able to support these students and we look forward to celebrating their continued successes through our partnership with Folds of Honor.”

“Today is a proud moment for the Folds of Honor organization and those we serve,” said Rooney. “Folds of Honor stands proudly with The Rite Aid Foundation in recognizing the KidCents scholars across Virginia Beach and the surrounding area as well as the more the 250 students nationwide receiving scholarships. We are honored to be collaborating with The Rite Aid Foundation and are so appreciative of their generous donation, which is helping to fulfill the educational dreams of our American military families.”

Folds of Honor was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq. Since its inception, Folds of Honor has raised more than $70 million and awarded nearly 8,000 scholarships to the family members of fallen or disabled veterans.

KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 360 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children.

In addition to the donation, Folds of Honor is also able to receive round-up donations from Rite Aid customers through the KidCents program. To learn how to designate your change to Folds of Honor, visit www.kidcents.com.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded nearly $21 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled in combat while serving in the United States armed forces. For more information, visit www.foldsofhonor.org.

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Rite Aid stores nationwide will begin accepting mobile payments, including Apple Pay™ and Google Wallet™, starting August 15

CAMP HILL, PA, 2015-8-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today that all of the Company’s nearly 4,600 stores nationwide will begin accepting mobile payments, including Apple Pay™ and Google Wallet, starting Saturday, August 15. The Company will also accept Google’s forthcoming Android Pay TM.  Additionally, all Rite Aid stores will also accept tap and pay credit and debit cards.  

“Increasingly, consumers are actively seeking out and incorporating mobile technology into many facets of their life, including their shopping and purchasing decisions,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation. “By accepting mobile payments, we’re able to offer

Rite Aid customers an easy and convenient checkout process, which we know is important to them. Investing in mobile technologies is just one piece of Rite Aid’s evolving digital strategy and we will continue to explore, test and implement innovative technologies that will help us to better serve our valued customers.” 

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

 

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Rite Aid Corporation announces the promotion of Ken Martindale to the newly created position CEO of Rite Aid stores

  • Martindale Will Continue to Report to Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley
  • Other Executive Management Appointments Announced to Help Drive Growth <and Operational Efficiencies

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) has announced that Ken Martindale, who is currently president and chief operating officer, has been promoted to the newly created position of CEO of Rite Aid stores, effective immediately. Martindale, 55, will continue to report to John Standley, Rite Aid’s chairman and CEO, and will retain his role as president of Rite Aid Corporation.

“Ken is a proven leader who, since joining our company in 2008, has played an instrumental role in driving Rite Aid’s improved business performance,” Standley said. “We look forward to further leveraging Ken’s strong leadership skills and broad understanding of Rite Aid’s business to help us continue our momentum and successfully grow our business.”

“In addition to my ongoing responsibilities and duties as chairman and CEO of Rite Aid, Ken’s promotion will allow me to also focus on working closely with our new healthcare-focused management teams at EnvisionRx, RediClinic and Health Dialog to further accelerate our growth by implementing initiatives that deliver value to our customers and help us provide greater access to convenient, affordable and high-quality healthcare,” Standley added.

Frank Sheehy, the CEO of EnvisionRx and Web Golinkin, the CEO of RediClinic and Health Dialog, will report to Standley.

In order to help Rite Aid further drive growth and efficiencies, the company has also announced the following executive management appointments, reporting to Martindale:

Jocelyn Konrad, currently group vice president of pharmacy services, has been promoted to executive vice president of pharmacy, succeeding Robert Thompson, who has announced his retirement effective Sept. 18, after a 38-year career in pharmacy, including 11 years with Rite Aid serving in a variety of senior management positions.

David Abelman, currently senior vice president of brand development and innovation, will assume the newly created role of executive vice president of marketing. John Learish, senior vice president of marketing, will continue to manage Rite Aid’s retail drug store marketing team and will report to Abelman.

Tony Montini, currently executive vice president of merchandising, will become executive vice president of merchandising and distribution. Wilson Lester, senior vice president of supply chain, will continue to manage Rite Aid’s distribution network and will report to Montini.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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Rite Aid Corporation enhances its loyalty program wellness+ thanks to its participation in Plenti

As part of Plenti, the first U.S. Loyalty Coalition, Rite Aid will Partner with Leading Brands Including AT&T, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Nationwide Insurance, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Direct Energy and Hulu

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-5-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) announced today that an enhanced version of its award-winning loyalty program, wellness+, is now available to consumers, thanks to the company’s participation in Plenti. Through Plenti, the first U.S.-based consumer loyalty coalition, Rite Aid will transition its existing loyalty program, of which there are nearly 25 million active members, towellness+ with Plenti. As part of the Plenti coalition, Rite Aid joins other major retailers including AT&T, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Nationwide Insurance, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Direct Energy and Hulu to offer consumers numerous ways to earn Plenti points and use them for savings.

“Joining Plenti is the next step in the continued evolution of our highly successful wellness+ loyalty program,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid’s president and chief operating officer. “Wellness+ with Plenti will provide current and new Rite Aid customers with even more ways to earn and enjoy savings, on top of all the existing wellness+ benefits they currently receive, truly offering more value than any other drugstore loyalty program.”

New and existing wellness+ members can now sign up for wellness+ with Plenti at any Rite Aid store nationwide or online at www.riteaid.com/plenti. Once enrolled, members of wellness+ with Plenti will earn Plenti points on featured items they buy every day at any participating Plenti partner. These points can be used for at least two years for savings at Rite Aid and certain Plenti partners including Exxon, Macy’s and Mobil.

Added Martindale, “We believe that joining Plenti is going to be the next great differentiator for our business and consumers, given the premiere brands participating in the program and the multiple ways for customers to earn and save. We are excited to be part of this first of its kind U.S. loyalty coalition program and to bring such an innovative and unique program to our customers across the country.”

wellness+ with Plenti
Through wellness+ with Plenti, customers can use one card and earn two kinds of points.

Members will continue to earn wellness+ points for every one dollar spent on eligible non-prescription purchases and up to 25 wellness+ points for every eligible prescription, good toward various benefits at Rite Aid including discounts of up to 20% off storewide, exclusive sale prices and 24/7 access to a pharmacist.

In addition, they’ll also be able to earn a new additional set of points, Plenti points, whenever they make qualifying purchases at Rite Aid and all other Plenti partners.

Through wellness+ with Plenti, +UP rewards are now Plenti points. Plenti points offer even more value because they can be used for savings at Rite Aid as well as certain other Plenti partners including Exxon, Macy’s and Mobil and can be used to at least two years.

One Plenti point earned at Rite Aid is worth at least one cent in savings, so 1,000 Plenti points are worth at least $10 in savings. Plenti points can be earned at Rite Aid in-store and online, through rotating product offers such as 400 points when you buy 2 bottles of vitamins or 800 points on oral care products.

For full details on how of the Plenti program will work across all partners, please visit www.plenti.com/partners.

Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti program will be supported by a national television, radio, circular and digital advertising campaign, which launches later this month.

For more information on wellness+ with Plenti, www.riteaid.com/plenti.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2015 annual revenues of $26.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Plenti is a U.S. coalition loyalty program comprised of widely known companies, which include: American Express, AT&T, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hulu. Plenti is designed to offer consumers greater choice and savings potential through a multi-category rewards platform. For more information, please visit: www.plenti.com or connect with Plenti on Facebook.com/PlentiRewards, Twitter.com/PlentiRewards,Instagram.com/PlentiRewards and YouTube.com/PlentiRewards.

Plenti is run by US Loyalty, a division of American Express. In 2011, American Express acquired Loyalty Partner. The company operates three subsidiaries including Payback, which manages leading coalition loyalty programs in Germany, Italy, Poland, India and Mexico. For more information, visit www.loyaltypartner.com

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Rite Aid’s 2015 Miracle Balloon campaign will be underway for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals beginning March 8

Rite Aid Raises $6.3 Million in 2014

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-3-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Beginning March 8, Rite Aid’s 2015 Miracle Balloon campaign will be underway for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a leading nonprofit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals to provide pediatric equipment, treatments, research, therapy programs and charitable care benefiting local sick and injured kids. Since becoming a sponsor in 1994, Rite Aid has raised nearly $70 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including $6.3 million in 2014. Rite Aid is the organization’s sixth largest corporate partner.

Beginning March 8 through April 25, Rite Aid associates and customers can give the gift of a miracle by purchasing $1 paper Miracle Balloons, which will be proudly displayed in stores throughout the campaign. To show appreciation, supporters will receive $7 in coupon offers for a variety of items sold at Rite Aid.

“Rite Aid’s annual campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is just one of the many ways our associates bring our core value of being a caring neighbor to life,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president, chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Our associates have such a passion for supporting their local children’s hospitals and I know through their efforts this year, they will make even more miracles happen.”

Throughout the seven-week campaign, Rite Aid associates plan and host fundraisers to help raise additional funds including countless golf tournaments, car washes, bake sales and other special events throughout their communities. Members of Rite Aid’s management team also dedicate a day each summer to washing cars and participating in carnival-themed games outside the company’s headquarters in Camp Hill, Pa.

“We are excited to be celebrating the start of another campaign with our long-time partner, Rite Aid,” said John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. “We are so grateful for the support we receive each year, including $6.3 million in 2014, the 20th anniversary of our partnership. Each dollar Rite Aid customers, associates and supplier partners raise truly goes a long way in helping create miracles for sick and injured children.”

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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Rite Aid Corporation opens 24 RediClinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C and Philadelphia markets

24 RediClinics Now Open in Greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia Markets

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2015-2-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) announced today that 24 RediClinics are now open inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C and Philadelphia markets. These are the first clinics to open inside Rite Aid pharmacies since Rite Aid acquired Houston-based RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics, last April.

Rite Aid President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Martindale, Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Robert Thompson and RediClinic CEO Web Golinkin will officially mark the clinic openings with a ribbon-cutting today at 10:30 a.m. at the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 3599 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square, Pa.

“Today marks an important milestone not only for Rite Aid and RediClinic but for our customers in greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia too,” said Martindale. “As a community pharmacy, we are on the front lines of community health every day and it’s critical that we provide the types of programs, resources and services needed to help our customers live and stay well. Providing high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare through an in-store RediClinic is just one example of how we are taking our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our customers to the next level.”

Added Golinkin, “As one of the pioneers in convenient care, RediClinic has provided more than 1.5 million consumers with easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare since 2005. Now as a part of Rite Aid, we are bringing our services and programs to new customers in new markets, helping Rite Aid take even better care of its customers. We are excited to have opened the first wave of clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia markets, and we look forward to growing with Rite Aid and improving the health and wellbeing of our customers and communities.”

RediClinics in these markets are staffed by board certified nurse practitioners, who are trained and licensed to treat common conditions and provide preventive services, in collaboration with local physicians who are affiliated with leading local healthcare systems. Patients can be treated for more than 30 common medical conditions and RediClinic’s clinicians are able to write prescriptions for these conditions when appropriate.

RediClinics also provide a broad range of preventive services, including screenings, medical tests, immunizations, and basic physical exams; and the company’s innovative and acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered at many RediClinics and licensed to other providers.

“RediClinics are a natural extension of the services our customers currently receive from Rite Aid pharmacists and we are pleased to demonstrate this additional layer of healthcare support,” said Thompson. “We believe our customers will really appreciate having this service available to them in a setting they already trust.”

Rite Aid plans to open additional RediClinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies across greater Seattle later this spring. The Company will also look to open additional clinic locations in Texas where RediClinic is already a leading provider of convenient care services.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

RediClinic has given consumers easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare since 1989. The company currently operates 31 clinics inside H-E-B grocery stores in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, Texas, as well as 24 clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Since opening its first in-store clinic in 2005, RediClinic has successfully treated more than 1.5 million patients. In addition to treating common medical conditions and providing preventive care, the company’s acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered in the company’s clinics and licensed to other providers. RediClinic is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rite Aid Corporation. For more information about clinic locations, hours of operation, services and prices, visit www.rediclinic.com.

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Rite Aid associates raised $590,524 during its 2014 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region

Company Honored as Member of Pillar Society and $500,000 Club Award

Camp Hill, Pa., 2015-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today that associates in its corporate offices located throughout the greater Harrisburg area raised $590,524 during its 2014 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR). Rite Aid has raised more than $7 million for the UWCR since becoming a supporter in 2002.

On Jan. 15, the UWCR held a reception to celebrate the 2014 campaign’s end and to honor companies who helped the organization raise a record $12 million. At the reception, Rite Aid was one of the 23 companies named to the Pillar Society, which recognizes organizations that contribute at least $100,000 in combined corporate and employee giving. Rite Aid was also one of three companies to receive the $500,000 Club Award for its level of giving.

“Rite Aid is proud to support the United Way of the Capital Region and its efforts towards creating solutions and developing the resources needed to meet our community’s needs,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “It is a pleasure working with associates who are dedicated to raising money for organizations, such as the United Way of the Capital Region, whose mission complements our own core value of being a caring neighbor in the communities we serve.”

In addition to its associate giving campaign last October, Rite Aid raised funds through an online silent auction, a creative departmental basket challenge and a series of pancake breakfasts and pizza parties across its corporate offices.

“The United Way of the Capital Region is dedicated towards focusing on the health, education, income and basic needs of those in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties,” said Timothy B. Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region president and CEO. “With the generous support from partners such as Rite Aid, we are able to help strengthen and improve the lives of those in our community.”

In addition to its campaign each fall, as a Corporate Cornerstone Company, Rite Aid underwrites a portion of the costs for the production and printing of the United Way of the Capital Region’s campaign materials, which are used by companies conducting associate giving campaigns. Rite Aid associates also participate in the organization’s “Day of Caring” program, the areas’ largest one-day event set aside for volunteer opportunities at local non-profit agencies and are involved in the Bridges Society and the Women’s Leadership Network, two organizations within the United Way of the Capital region focused on volunteerism and philanthropy.

The United Way of the Capital Region’s mission is improve lives in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties by identifying the most pressing community needs, finding solutions to address those needs, and demonstrating how these solutions are making a difference. For more information on The United Way of the Capital Region, visit http://www.uwcr.org.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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