Press release from Business Wire
Safeway Raises $10.7 Million for Programs that Support People with Disabilities
<p class=' bwtextaligncenter'> <i><b>Company Donates Funds to Longtime Partners Easter Seals and Special Olympics</b></i> </p>
Monday, May 17, 2010
Safeway Raises $10.7 Million for Programs that Support People with Disabilities13:26 EDT Monday, May 17, 2010 PLEASANTON, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) and The Safeway Foundation announced that they raised $10.7 million in April during the company's annual Support for People with Disabilities Campaign and pledged to continue its efforts to support two of the most prominent organizations that assist people with disabilities: Easter Seals and Special Olympics. “We are thrilled with this kind of outcome and are moved and gratified by the generosity of our customers and employees,” said Larree Renda, Safeway Executive Vice President, Chief Strategist and Administrative Officer. “A fundraising result like this will help Easter Seals and Special Olympics continue to make a real and measurable difference in the lives of people with disabilities.” The April campaign is one of two annual Safeway fundraisers supporting organizations that focus on the specific needs of people with disabilities. The organizations include Easter Seals, Special Olympics, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Augie's Quest. In 2009 Easter Seals named Safeway one of its all-time top corporate partners, having raised and contributed more than $100 million in over a three-decade relationship. “Safeway's leaders, employees and customers have made a tremendous difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities throughout the years,” said James E. Williams, Jr., President and CEO of Easter Seals. “We thank and commend them for their generosity and heartfelt support of the Easter Seals mission. Safeway truly has made it possible for thousands of individuals with disabilities to live, work, and play in their communities.” “The entire Special Olympics family is grateful to Safeway and their customers for the tremendous effort to raise awareness and funds for people with intellectual disabilities,” shared Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics Chairman and CEO. “The generosity shown will help us not only reach more athletes, but will help us build communities of acceptance and inclusion throughout the country.” Safeway launched its Support for People with Disabilities campaign with a special event in Alameda, California that celebrated and honored its own employees with disabilities who work in Safeway stores, offices and various support facilities. The company was joined at the launch event by a host of elected officials, sports legends and media personalities. U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and NBA superstar Sam Perkins were in attendance as well as Easter Seals CEO James E. Williams, Special Olympics executive Tanya Baskin. Also, as part of the April campaign, The Safeway Foundation gave a $275,000 donation to the nonprofit Rebuilding Together to help renovate homes and facilities that serve people with disabilities. Several hundred Safeway employees volunteered their time by working on the rebuild projects in Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Chicago, IL; Montgomery County, MD; Oakland, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; San Diego, CA and Seattle, WA. In addition, Safeway contributed to organizations that assist people with disabilities with job placement, on the job coaching and used the April campaign to urge employers to build a better workplace by hiring people with disabilities. “Employers must understand that physical or intellectual disability does not predict poor employability or productivity. In fact, our experience proves the opposite,” Ms. Renda wrote in an OpEd published in several newspapers regarding the employment of people with disabilities. “We employ nearly 10,000 people with disabilities, and they are among our most loyal and productive employees, covering a broad range of jobs both in our retail and support operations.” Easter Seals and Special Olympics are just two of the many important organizations and causes that the company supports each year. Safeway contributes to a broad range of charitable and community programs and in 2009 donated more than $250 million to education, hunger relief, health and human services and cancer research. ABOUT SAFEWAY www.Safeway.com Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,725 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $40.8 billion in 2009. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. ABOUT EASTER SEALS www.EasterSeals.com Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 90 years, we have been offering help, hope and answers to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Support children and adults with disabilities at www.easterseals.com or www.actforautism.org ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS www.specialolympics.org Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect worldwide. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown from a few hundred athletes to more than 3.3 million athletes in over 170 countries in all regions of the world, providing year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs. Special Olympics now takes place every day, changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in places like China and from regions like the Middle East to the community playgrounds and ball fields in every small neighborhood's backyard. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org.