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Spanish Fork Macey’s Bagger Named Utah’s Best Bagger
Kaylee Hudson will compete at National Best Bagger Contest in 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah (August 3, 2017) Utah’s Best Bagger can be found a Spanish Fork Macey’s. Kaylee Hudson was named “Best Bagger” at the Utah Food Industry Association’s state Best Bagger competition yesterday. The contest was held at Thanksgiving Point and brought the top baggers from 24 stores face to face to claim the title of Utah’s Best Bagger. Kaylee will have several months to prepare before they head to Las Vegas, Nevada in February to represent Utah in the National Best Bagger Competition.

“It’s great being able to represent my store and show how important baggers are for our guests. It’s important to make sure everything is bagged correctly so guests receive their items undamaged and in great condition,” said Kaylee Hudson.

The Best Bagger competition is sponsored by the National Grocers Association. The competition evaluates baggers on speed, how heavy each bag is, and how products are grouped and organized inside each sack. Baggers of any age can compete. The national winner is selected during a contest at the National Grocer Associations annual conference and receives a $10,000 cash prize.

“We are so proud of Kaylee and can’t wait to have her represent us and Utah at the National competition,” said Steve Holm, district manager for Macey’s. “Our teams really care about our guests and I think the way our baggers pack their groceries shows that too.”

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About Macey’s
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickle-Market” in Rose Park, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones, Macey’s grocery stores offer a made-from-scratch in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and non-foods department and above all, friendly service. For more information visit maceys.com.

 

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Associated Food Stores Named Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart business Utah Partner of the Year
Wholesale honored for saving energy in Utah Stores

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (June 29, 2017)—Associated Food Stores has made great strides in implementing energy efficient technologies in stores across Utah and the Intermountain West thanks to a partnership with Rocky Mountain Power. The wholesaler’s efforts were recognized today by Rocky Mountain Power with the 2017 wattsmart Business Utah Partner of the Year Award.

Associated Food Stores added LED lighting, updated lighting controls and refrigeration upgrades to stores in Salt Lake City, South Ogden, Park City, West Valley City, American Fork, Ogden and Taylorsville. The changes helped make lighting and cooling the stores more efficient and resulted in reducing energy use by nearly 3.9 million kilowatt-hours last year—-enough electricity to power 437 typical Utah homes for a year.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Rocky Mountain Power to bring energy efficient operations to our stores across Utah and the Intermountain West,” said Steve Miner, President of Market Development for Associated Food Stores. “We appreciate our partnership and look forward to working together in the future.”

Associated Food Stores has headquarters in Salt Lake City and supplies nearly 400 independently owned retail supermarkets in eight states throughout the Intermountain West. The company also owns Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market.

“Associated Food Stores worked hand in hand with our engineers to identify ways to reduce their electricity use,” said Chris Kanoff, Rocky Mountain Power wattsmart project manager. “They have been great partners to help save energy and protect the environment.”

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program offers technical expertise and cash incentives for improving the energy efficiency of businesses. More energy saving information for business and home owners can be found at wattsmart.com.

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About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com.

About Rocky Mountain Power
Rocky Mountain Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than a million customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. The company works to meet customers’ growing electricity needs while protecting and enhancing the environment. Rocky Mountain Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States. More information at rockymountainpower.net.

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Utah Grocery Stores Donate Nearly $60,000 to Area Schools
Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market Offer Support Through School Cents Program

Salt Lake City, UT (May 3, 2017) Many Utah schools recently received an extra boost to end the school year with donations from Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. The Utah-owned grocery stores donated $59,600 to elementary schools as part of the School Cents Program. Donated funds will be used to purchase a variety of items from classroom supplies to new tablets and computers, depending on the school’s needs.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to support schools in our community through School Cents. A large number of classroom supplies and items are paid for out of our teachers’ own pockets and we’re honored to work with our guests to raise money to help our schools get the items they need,” said Ashlee Johnstun, customer relations manager for Associated Retail Operations.

This is the seventeenth year the stores have run the School Cents program, which allows guests to donate a portion of their shopping spend to the school of their choice when they shop with their Macey’s Perk’s or PLUS rewards account. Schools earn money from August-March before recieving a check during a special presentation at the school with store team members. School Cents has donated more than $624,000 over the last five years to elementary schools across the state. To learn more about the School Cents program, register a school or link a Macey’s Perk’s or PLUS rewards account, visit:
www.maceys.com/schoolcents
www.dansfoods.com/schoolcents
www.dicksmarket.com/schoolcents
www.linsgrocery.com/schoolcents
www.freshmarketstores.com/schoolcents

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About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations encompasses Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market grocery stores in Utah. The stores are locally owned and operated under Associated Food Stores and strive to provide high quality products, competitive prices and top-notch customer service. Learn more about each store by visiting their websites:
Macey’s: www.maceys.com
Lin’s: www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s: www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market: www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market: www.freshmarketstores.com

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Macey’s Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market Raise $78,772 to Help Utah Families Fight Muscle-Debilitating Diseases

When: April 20, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Dick’s Market 2280 S Orchard Drive, Bountiful Utah
What: MDA Summer Camp Ambassadors accept generous gift from Associated Food Stores

Salt Lake City, UT (April 19, 2017) Guests at 43 Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market stores across Utah raised $78,772 to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that limit strength and mobility during the 35th annual MDA Shamrocks program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Funds raised during the drive will be used to send children to MDA summer camp later this year.

“We are grateful to our guests for their extreme generosity during the MDA shamrock drive,” said Troy Thomas, president of Associated Retail Operations. “We love working with organizations like MDA to make a difference in our communities. We are honored to help more than 20 children attend MDA summer camp this year and hope they have a wonderful time.”

Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market participated in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day fundraising program in which shoppers can purchase an MDA Shamrock for a $1, $5 or a larger contribution during check-out. Each Shamrock was signed by the customer and prominently displayed in each store, symbolizing strength, independence and life for MDA families in the community.

Funds raised also make MDA Summer Camp possible for more than 100 Utah kids. During camp they experience the best week of the year at no cost to their families at Camp Kostoplous.

To learn more about the 2017 MDA Shamrocks program and how to get involved, contact Lisa Miller at MDA 801-278-6200 or lamiller@mdausa.org or visit mda.org/shamrocks. To learn more about Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market, contact Rachael Wabel at 801-978-8913 or rmwabel@afstores.com

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About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations encompasses Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market grocery stores in Utah. The stores are locally owned and operated under Associated Food Stores and strive to provide high quality products, competitive prices and top-notch customer service. Learn more about each store by visiting their websites:
Macey’s: www.maceys.com
Lin’s: www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s: www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market: www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market: www.freshmarketstores.com

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.
Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org.

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Associated Food Stores Donates Nearly 50,000 Pounds of Food to Utah Food Bank
Wholesaler partners with vendors for donation after annual FoodShow

Salt Lake City, UT (April 11, 2017) Multiple Utah families won’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from thanks to Associated Food Stores. The grocery wholesaler and its vendor partners joined together to donate 49,689 pounds of food to Utah Food Bank last week following the annual AFS FoodShow. The donation will be distributed across the state to help families facing food insecurity in every community.

“We are humbled by the opportunity to help so many Utah families fight food insecurity. Our vendors are fantastic and really made this donation possible,” said Brian Duff, senior VP of supply chain at Associated Food Stores. “We appreciate Utah Food Bank and the work they do to serve our communities.”

This is the fifth year Associated Food Stores has made a large donation following FoodShow. Over the years, the wholesaler has donated more than 100,000 meals to families in need. The donation is made up of surplus products remaining after the show. This year, AFS’ donation is almost 14,000 pounds larger than 2016 and will benefit additional families, especially those with young children who struggle to have enough food during the summer months when school meal programs are on hold.

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About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com.

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Macey’s Brings Groceries to Your Door with FirstMile
Utah companies partner to bring grocery delivery to Sandy and Pleasant Grove shoppers

Salt Lake City, UT (April 3, 2017) Shoppers in Sandy and Pleasant Grove can now have their groceries delivered right to their door thanks to Macey’s and FirstMile. The Utah companies are partnering to add delivery to the grocer’s already-available online shopping service, Macey’s Anywhere, powered by Rosie. The delivery pilot program is designed to help those who are short on time or have limited mobility get the groceries they need in a quick and convenient way.

“We are so excited to bring home delivery to our Macey’s Anywhere shoppers in Sandy and Pleasant Grove with FirstMile. This pilot program is going to make grocery shopping at Macey’s even more convenient for our busy guests,” said Ashlee Johnstun, customer relations manager for Macey’s. “Partnering with FirstMile for delivery was a natural fit. As a Utah company, they understand our commitment to serving our communities and providing quality service.”

Guests can take advantage of the $10 delivery service by simply placing an order with Macey’s Anywhere. Instead of selecting a curbside pick-up time, they’ll choose a two-hour delivery window Monday through Saturday. Macey’s Sandy and Macey’s Pleasant Grove will make deliveries to homes within 10 miles of the stores using a dedicated FirstMile driver and truck to ensure each order is delivered on time and in top quality. To learn more about Macey’s Anywhere delivery and to place an order, visit maceys.com/delivery.

“This type of delivery is new for Utah and we are excited to be leading the innovation,” said Devin Johnson, Founder and CEO of FirstMile. “With the demand for grocery delivery and other same-day solutions growing exponentially, FirstMile is proud to already be in a position to leverage its existing technology and infrastructure to meet those needs.”

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About Macey’s
In 1947, Walt Macey and Dale A. Jones started the “Save-A-Nickel-Market” in Rose Park, Utah. Macey’s grew from a small store into a multi-store chain by providing personalized old-fashioned service. Known for their famous doughnuts and Kong Kones, Macey’s grocery stores offer a made-from-scratch in-store bakery, delicatessen, full-service grocery, meat, produce and non-foods department and above all, friendly service. For more information visit maceys.com.

About FirstMile
FirstMile was established in 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah by Devin Johnson to fill a need in the E-commerce logistics industry. FirstMile specializes in complete front-end solutions for domestic and international shippers in the E-commerce and other direct-to-consumer industries. With a wide array of products, FirstMile can provide everything from economy shipping solutions to overnight and even same day delivery options. FirstMile is continually evolving to not only meet the needs for their customers today but also ready to provide them answers to tomorrows challenges. Learn more at firstmile.com.

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St. George Residents Gets New Wheels Courtesy of Local Grocery Stores
Lin’s Partners with Coca-Cola© and Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Sandy for Special Promotion

Salt Lake City, UT (March 29, 2017) Tasha and Jay Lovewell are getting a new Jeep thanks to Lin’s, Coca-Cola© and Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Sandy. Lin’s, as well as other local stores including Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market partnered with the beverage company and dealership to provide a once-in-a-lifetime promotion where customers were entered to win a Jeep when they purchased $15 in Coca-Cola© products using their PLUS or Perks rewards account. Tasha and Jay Lovewell were chosen from all eligible shoppers across 43 Lin’s, Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market stores. The Lovewell’s will pick up their new ride at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Sandy during a special event March 29, 2017.

What: Lin’s Jeep Giveaway presentation.

Who: Lin’s, Coca-Cola© and Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Sandy

Where: Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Sandy
10905 South Auto Mall Drive
Sandy, Utah 84070

When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
3 p.m.

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About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations encompasses Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market grocery stores in Utah. The stores are locally owned and operated under Associated Food Stores and strive to provide high quality products, competitive prices and top-notch customer service. Learn more about each store by visiting their websites:

Macey’s: www.maceys.com
Lin’s: www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s: www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market: www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market: www.freshmarketstores.com

About Larry H. Miller Dealerships
Larry H. Miller Dealerships operates 20 different automotive brands under 60 dealership locations in seven western states, and employees more than 5,000 individuals.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships has a strong legacy of giving back to communities where it conducts business. Through its charitable organization, Larry H. Miller Charities, more than $8 million dollars has been donated to qualified nonprofit organizations.

For more information about Larry H. Miller Dealerships, please visit www.lhmauto.com.

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Peterson’s Fresh Market Goes Digital with Peterson’s Personal Shopping
Local grocer brings online shopping and curbside pickup and delivery

Riverton, UT (March 1, 2017) Grocery shopping in Riverton is a little easier now thanks to Peterson’s Fresh Market. The community-favorite grocery store launched Peterson’s Personal Shopper powered by Rosie today. The service allows shoppers to order their groceries online and schedule a time to pick them up or have them delivered to their home or business. Peterson’s Personal Shopping is designed to offer convenience to time starved guests and give families the opportunity to spend more time doing what they love instead of grocery shopping. First time users can waive the convenience fee by using the promo code FREEPICKUP for curbside pickup or receive a discounted delivery rate by using promo code DELIVERYSAVE on their first order.

“We are excited to offer additional convenience and service to the friends and neighbors that shop our store and support our community,” said Monte Peterson, owner of Peterson’s Fresh Market. “This is a digital shopping experience, but we hope that it has the feeling of friends helping neighbors and that online shopping can be just one more personal touch that makes Peterson’s great.”

Peterson’s Personal Shopping makes grocery shopping simple with curbside pickup and delivery options. Shoppers can take advantage of the service in four easy steps:

1. Visit www.petersonsfreshmarket.com and click on Peterson’s Personal Shopper to create a free account.
2. Select which groceries they’d like and leave special instructions for appropriate product substitutions (in the event of an              out-of-stock) or produce quality (like green or extra ripe bananas).
3. Pay online and choose a pickup or delivery time between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily
4. Stop at the store, park in one of the curbside spots and text the personal shoppers to bring the order out to the car—or wait          for your order to be delivered right to your door.

“Peterson’s Fresh Market has developed a completely unique online grocery shopping experience for the Riverton community,” said Nick Nickitas, Chief Executive Officer of Rosie. “Place an order on your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop and Peterson’s professional personal shoppers hand-select Certified Angus Beef and the best, farm-fresh produce according to each guest’s specifications. They will even load the groceries into your car or deliver them right to your home. Peterson’s is bringing their store to your door.”

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About Peterson’s Fresh Market
Peterson’s Fresh Market in Riverton, Utah has been family-owned and operated since 1938. Today the store is run by Monte Peterson and Jan Horrocks. Family oriented, the full service grocery store offers the finest fresh foods including USDA Certified Angus Beef, top quality produce, a scratch bakery, a unique deli with delicious ready to eat entrees and a compounding pharmacy. To learn more about Peterson’s Fresh Market, visit www.petersonsfreshmarket.com.

About Rosie
The industry leading online grocery shopping platform for mobile and web, Rosie launched in 2012 and today enables customers to shop online from their favorite local stores for same-day delivery or in-store pickup. Rosie partners with leading independent retailers and their wholesalers to provide eCommerce, delivery opportunities, omni-channel marketing and deep data services. Rosie serves as the preferred eCommerce partner by a variety of wholesale cooperatives, such as Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG), Associated Food Stores (AFS), CERTCO, Olean Wholesale Grocers, and Associated Grocers of New England, and powers the online shopping platforms of major local retailers like Niemann Foods Inc., Broulim’s, Macey’s, Clark’s Market, and Buehler’s Fresh Foods. IBM selected Rosie as the Top Startup in North America in its 2014 IBM Smartcamp Competition. Visit rosieapp.com for company information and to sign up for a free account. For Rosie news and downloadable media assets, visit here. To see firsthand what retailers and their customers think about Rosie,  check out this video. Like us on facebook. Follow us on twitter.

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Lin’s Re-Grand Opens in Cedar City
Grocery store celebrates remodel and new addition with ribbon-cutting and special events

Cedar City, UT (February 13, 2017) After several months of renovations, Lin’s in Cedar City is welcoming guests to the revitalized store. To celebrate the remodel, the locally owned grocery store will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 13 at 10 a.m. Afterwards, guests are invited to sample products and explore hundreds of new offerings including an expanded produce selection featuring dozens of organic items, more meal solutions like fresh-rolled sushi and Lin’s signature in-store butcher block and scratch bakery.

“We are excited to better serve the Cedar City community with a variety of new offerings including a drive-through pharmacy, online ordering and curbside pickup and much more,” said Steve Holm, Lin’s district manager. “We know our shoppers will love the improvements as much as we do.

The remodeled location uses the latest innovations to create a one-stop shopping experience for guests through various programs, products and services. Two of the most notable additions include the healthy attributes shelf tag program, which marks natural, organic, healthy and “good for you” products throughout the store. The second exciting addition is Lin’s to Go online shopping powered by Rosie, which allows shoppers to order their groceries online and then stop by the store for curbside pick-up. Other new additions include:

  • An expanded produce department with more than 400 new items including more local and organic products
  • Lin’s signature butcher block offers organic, grass-fed and “free-from” meat and poultry
  • Lin’s scratch bakery with artisan breads, hand-decorated cakes and Lin’s signature doughnuts
  • An expanded dairy selection including more natural and organic products and cage-free eggs
  • An extensive selection of bulk foods where shoppers can get the pinch or pound they need
  • Easy-access banking through an in-store America First Credit Union.
  • An in-store Starbucks—Coming this Spring

Guests are encouraged to stop by the store during the grand opening week for an extra surprise. Several hearts have been placed throughout the aisles for shoppers to find and redeem at the service desk for a special treat.

“We are pleased to introduce the new Cedar City Lin’s and all its new features and offerings,” said Store Director Rich Jensen. “I’m excited for everyone to see the store and enjoy the incredible Lin’s shopping experience we have worked so hard to create.”

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About Lin’s
Lin’s has been a community favorite since 1955 when Lin and Reva Orton opened their first store in Cedar City, Utah. Focused on first-rate customer service and fresh, quality products, Lin’s offers guests a one-stop shopping destination with each of their seven locations in Overton, Nevada, Santa Clara, St. George, Hurricane, Cedar City, Richfield and Price, Utah. Lin’s is locally owned and operated by Associated Food Stores. For more information about Lin’s, visit linsgrocery.com

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Macey’s Tooele to Host Wish Party for Utah Child
Event wraps up $100,000 icon drive

Salt Lake City, UT (February 8, 2017) Dreams are coming true for one Utah three-year-old thanks to Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Make-A-Wish® Utah. The Associated Retail Operations grocery stores are celebrating the success of the August 2016 star icon drive with a Wish Proclamation Party at Macey’s Tooele. The summer drive raised more than $100,000 for Make-A-Wish® Utah. During the party, Madison, a three-year-old wish child, will find out that her wish to meet her favorite movie characters at the theme parks in Florida is coming true.

“Our guests are amazing and really step up to help each other out. The Make-A-Wish® drive is a guest favorite and we’re so honored to be able to work with an organization like Make-A-Wish® Utah to make a difference in the lives of our community members,” said Darin Peirce, district manager for Associated Retail Operations.

        What: Make-A-Wish® Utah Wish Proclamation party for a Utah child

        Where: Macey’s Tooele
972 North Main
Tooele, UT 84074

        When: Thursday, February 9, 2017
3 p.m.

Why: The Wish Proclamation party celebrates store team efforts during the drive and is another opportunity for team                              members to interact with the organization.

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About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:
Macey’s—www.maceys.com
Lin’s—www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s—www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market—www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market—www.freshmarketstores.com

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About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, Make-A-Wish® Utah offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information, visit us online at www.utah.wish.org, on social @makeawishutah or give us a call at (801) 262-9474.

Make-A-Wish® Utah Media Contact:
Kelsey DiTommaso | Marketing Manager
kditommaso@utah.wish.org
(801) 305-1935 o | (972) 765-0325 c