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Raley's Reach Winners Announced
$25,000 in Grants to be Awarded to Create Positive Change in Our Communities
(Friday May 27, 2011)
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The Raley’s Reach program attracted more than 90 nominations and a total of 39,843 online votes as nonprofit organizations, service groups and everyday heroes throughout Northern California and Nevada competed for five $5,000 grants to make a difference in their communities.
In a continued effort to give back to the community, family-operated Raley’s Family of Fine Stores partnered with Frito-Lay to place $25,000 in the hands of the community. From April 22 through May 13, the public cast their votes online at www.raleys.com/reach for the ideas they’d like to see put in action.
Grants were considered in three areas Raley’s has long been known for supporting: improving the lives of children, creating healthy communities and celebrating the arts. Raley’s Reach offers the unique opportunity for grants to go where program participants recognize the greatest need. The following top five ideas that earned the most votes will receive $5,000 to make it happen:
Camp Kesem – Helping Children Affected by Cancer
Earning a total of 6,616 votes, Camp Kesem is a college student run organization for children with a parent who has or has had cancer. Hosted by UC Davis, the organization offers a free, one-week sleep-away summer camp for children between the ages of 6-16 living in the greater Sacramento area. Their goal is to send 60 campers and 30 counselors to camp this year. They plan to use the grant money for facility, transportation and activity costs. For more information, please visit www.campkesem.org.
School of Engineering & Sciences – Creating a Robotics Program
Earning a total of 5,713 votes, the School of Engineering & Sciences currently serves 375 Sacramento students and offers programs that teach skills in science, engineering and technology. With a focus on inspiring innovation, they plan to use the grant money to offer a new program on robotics. This program will allow students to design, build and program robots using real-world skills like math/science concepts, problem-solving and teamwork. For more information, please visit www.schoolofengineeringandsciences.org.
Friends of the Sacramento Public Library – Purchasing Lucky Day Book Collections
Earning a total of 4,452 votes, the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library is a volunteer, community-based organization that advocates for the Library and provides funding for books, materials, programs and activities. They plan to use the grant money to purchase Lucky Day Book Collections for neighborhood library users to enjoy. The collections consist of copies of current, high-demand and best-selling books. For more information, please visit www.saclibrary.org.
California Montessori Project Shingle Springs (CMP-SS) – Enhancing Physical Education Program
Earning a total of 4,078 votes, CMP-SS is a charter school serving 350 students in grades K-8. The school does not currently have its own athletic field or gymnasium and teachers currently partner with other schools and community centers to offer PE activities and team sports to students. They plan to use the grant money to purchase sports equipment, instructional DVDs and a sound amplification system to enhance their PE program. For more information, please visit www.cacmp.org/cmpss.
Sacramento Mandarins – Providing Musical Instruments and Uniforms for Youth Performers
Earning a total of 2,851 votes, the Mandarins are committed to the growth of the lives of young people through a commitment to youth development and performance excellence while providing enjoyment for the Sacramento community and audiences worldwide. They plan to use the grant money to providing bugle and drum corps instruments and uniforms for upcoming local and national performances. For more information, please visit www.mandarins.org.
“It’s so inspiring to see how the community came together and rallied around their respected causes,” said Jennie Teel-Wolter, Raley’s Community Relations Manager. “Many of the entries for Raley’s Reach noted in their submissions the obstacles they face with limited funding or resources needed to put their cause into action, so we know that the opportunity came at a time when the community needed it most.”
The Raley’s Reach program was first launched in March 2010 in honor of Raley’s 75th Anniversary. The program was so successful that a back-to-school edition was launched in September 2010.
Raley's is a privately owned supermarket chain with headquarters in West Sacramento, CA. The company is comprised of four chains — Raley's, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source — located in Northern California and Nevada.