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

43 local Associated Food Stores to donate the proceeds from their Star Icon Campaign to Make-A-Wish® Utah

43 local grocery stores rallied together to help wishes come true

CENTERVILLE2015-10-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Associated Retail Operations: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets,will be presenting Make-A-Wish® Utah with the proceeds from their Star Icon Campaign this week. Thanks to the dedication of each ARO store, their team members and considerate customers, over $67,000 was raised to help grant the heartfelt wishes of approximately 13 Utah children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Funds raised by purchasing a blue paper star for a $1.00 or more donation. Jared Perry, CEO of Make-A-Wish Utah and representatives from Associated Retail Operations will be present at the event.

In conjunction with the check presentation, ARO will be hosting a surprise Wish Reveal party for 9-year-old Wish Kid Cole. Cole believes he is coming to help Make-A-Wish Utah accept the check, little does he know that he will be told in a very special way that his wish to go to the Florida theme parks will be granted.

WHO: Make-A-Wish® Utah, Associated Retail Operations: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets.

WHAT: A check presentation in honor of Make-A-Wish® Utah & a child’s wish reveal party.

WHERE: Dick’s Market, 84 W Parrish Ln., Centerville, UT 84014

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11:30 AM

About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah (MAWU) 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, MAWU offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information about MAWU, visit http://www.utah.wish.org.

Media Contacts:

Kelly Wolfe | Communication Manager, Make-A-Wish

kwolfe@utah.wish.org | (201) 233-4645

Sarah Pettit | Retail PR & Social Media Manager, Associated Retail Operations

SCPettit@afstores.com | (801) 916-1070

SOURCE: Associated Food Stores