PHOTO EDITORS AND BROADCAST NEWS EDITORS NOTE: This release contains links to digital photos from the event for your use. It also contains a link to an audio wrapper report on the event. The wrapper report is 1:21 in length with a standard outcue, and contains interviews with Melanie Morgan of MDA, and Leon Schneider, market grocery manager for Wal-Mart.
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Wal-Mart Helps Raise $20,000 through Partnership
with Muscular Dystrophy Association
“Bowl for a Cure Challenge” fund-raiser and store grants each contribute to grand total
STRATFORD, NJ (June 8, 2008) – Ten hours of non-stop bowling means more funding for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and ever-lasting pride for Wal-Mart associates.
Wal-Mart’s Market 279 – of Southern New Jersey – recently teamed with the MDA to host “Bowl for a Cure Challenge,” at La Martinque Lanes in Stratford, where market team members bowled for 10 straight hours to earn pledges from corporate sponsors.
Stores within the market contributed $10,000 from their community grant funds to the MDA, while sponsors of the event matched the donation – pledging $1,000 for each hour associates bowled – bringing the grand total to $20,000.
Photos from the event are available for use by the news media at this link.
“We’re very grateful to Wal-Mart for their continued generosity and tireless efforts in making this event a success,” said Melanie Morgan, program director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “Through partnerships like these, the MDA is able to continue to provide hope and solutions to the countless Americans afflicted with these diseases.”
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary group of dedicated scientists and concerned citizens aimed at defeating the neuromuscular diseases that affect more than one million Americans through research programs, medical and community services, and public health education. The MDA supports more research for neuromuscular diseases than any other private-sector organization in the world.
“The stores within our market took great pleasure in helping the MDA get that much closer to achieving its goals,” said Leon Schneider, MGM of Wal-Mart’s Market 279. “The Bowl-A-Thon was a perfect way for Wal-Mart’s associates to lend a hand to those in need, while having a fun-filled day with their co-workers, families and friends.”
About Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Every week, millions of customers visit Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.walmart.com. The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $296 million to local communities in the United States. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com.
About The Muscular Dystrophy Association
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency – a dedicated partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans. MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. MDA supports more research on neuromuscular diseases than any other private-sector organization in the world. The Association’s comprehensive service program includes medical examinations, flu shots, support groups, MDA summer camps for youngsters and assistance with purchase of wheelchairs and leg braces. For more information on the Muscular Dystrophy Association visit www.mda.org.
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