CAMP HILL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rite Aid announced today that associates in its corporate offices located throughout the greater Harrisburg area raised $590,524 during its 2014 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR). Rite Aid has raised more than $7 million for the UWCR since becoming a supporter in 2002.
On Jan. 15, the UWCR held a reception to celebrate the 2014 campaign’s end and to honor companies who helped the organization raise a record $12 million. At the reception, Rite Aid was one of the 23 companies named to the Pillar Society, which recognizes organizations that contribute at least $100,000 in combined corporate and employee giving. Rite Aid was also one of three companies to receive the $500,000 Club Award for its level of giving.
"Rite Aid is proud to support the United Way of the Capital Region and its efforts towards creating solutions and developing the resources needed to meet our community’s needs," said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. "It is a pleasure working with associates who are dedicated to raising money for organizations, such as the United Way of the Capital Region, whose mission complements our own core value of being a caring neighbor in the communities we serve."
In addition to its associate giving campaign last October, Rite Aid raised funds through an online silent auction, a creative departmental basket challenge and a series of pancake breakfasts and pizza parties across its corporate offices.
"The United Way of the Capital Region is dedicated towards focusing on the health, education, income and basic needs of those in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties," said Timothy B. Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region president and CEO. “With the generous support from partners such as Rite Aid, we are able to help strengthen and improve the lives of those in our community."
In addition to its campaign each fall, as a Corporate Cornerstone Company, Rite Aid underwrites a portion of the costs for the production and printing of the United Way of the Capital Region's campaign materials, which are used by companies conducting associate giving campaigns. Rite Aid associates also participate in the organization's "Day of Caring" program, the areas' largest one-day event set aside for volunteer opportunities at local non-profit agencies and are involved in the Bridges Society and the Women's Leadership Network, two organizations within the United Way of the Capital region focused on volunteerism and philanthropy.
The United Way of the Capital Region's mission is improve lives in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties by identifying the most pressing community needs, finding solutions to address those needs, and demonstrating how these solutions are making a difference. For more information on The United Way of the Capital Region, visit http://www.uwcr.org.
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at www.riteaid.com.