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Local Red Cross Accepts More Than $160,000 For Japan Relief Effort from Raley's Customers and Employees
Donation Raised In Just Four Weeks
(Monday May 23, 2011)
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 23, 2011) – The Capital Region Chapter of the American Red Cross accepted a donation of more than $162,330 for the Japan relief effort on Saturday, May 21 from Raley’s President & CEO, Michael Teel. Just a few days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, Raley’s took action to lend support by accepting donations at checkstand collection boxes for Japan disaster relief at all 133 Raley’s, Bel Air, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source stores from March 14 through April 18.
“The incredible generosity of our customers and employees will have a positive impact on the lives of so many people who have suffered such devastating losses in this disaster,” said Teel. He added, “I am very proud to present this donation to the American Red Cross on behalf of all who contributed.”
Teel presented the donation to the American Red Cross at a check presentation ceremony hosted at Raley Field before the start of the Sacramento River Cats baseball game on Saturday, May 21.
“The support generated by Raley’s customers to assist with relief efforts is really impressive,” said Dawn Lindblom, CEO of the American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter. She added, “This money is needed and will be immediately put to use to provide medical care as well as supplies including blankets, sleeping mats and emergency kits.”
As part of the fundraising effort, Raley’s absorbed all administrative costs to ensure that one hundred percent of the money raised will reach the victims in Japan.