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Five Utah Grocery Stores Donate $114,412.61 to Make-A-Wish® Utah
Funds will help grant 23 wishes for Utah Children
Salt Lake City, Utah (October 5, 2017) The wishes of 23 Utah children will come true thanks to Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market. The stores donated $114,412.61 to Make-A-Wish® Utah yesterday during a special check presentation at Lin’s in Cedar City. It wasn’t just an average check presentation. During the celebration, four year-old Ryder learned his wish to visit the Florida theme parks and meet his favorite characters was being granted. Members of the Cedar City police and fire departments as well as the Lin’s store team participated in the surprise.
“We have the most generous guests and are floored by the amount they helped us raise for Make-A-Wish® Utah! We wouldn’t be able to help so many children without them,” said Steve Holm, district manager for Lin’s. “They always step up to make the star icon drive a huge success and we’re so grateful to them.”
From August 1-31, guests at all 42 Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market locations were invited to purchase a star icon during checkout. Any amount could be donated for the star, allowing guests to help in whatever way possible with contributions ranging from pocket change to several dollars at a time. The donations quickly added up, surpassing last year’s donation of $100,000.
“We are grateful for the support of every store that participated in this campaign, and for the generosity of the community of customers that helped to raise these funds,” said Jared Perry, Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Utah. “Wishes are life-changing experiences for the families that we serve, and it is our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child in the state. The funding we receive from the Associated Retail Operations team and outpour of support generated by our community takes us one encouraging step closer toward accomplishing this goal.”
Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market have partnered with Make-A-Wish® Utah since 2010 to raise money to grant wishes for children facing life-threatening illnesses. Over the last seven years the stores have helped grant over 100 wishes. Make-A-Wish® Utah works with families to grant a wish when they need it most—after things have been exceptionally difficult and they need a little fun and hope in their lives.
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:
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.