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Pamela Knous, Supervalu’s EVP/CFO, received the Award of Meritorious Achievement from the American Heart Association (AHA) Monday during the association’s lobby day activities in Washington.
Knous garnered the prestigious honor for her successful fundraising efforts in support of “Go Red For Women,” AHA’s program aimed at educating women about the risk factors for heart disease and urging them to take action to reduce their personal risk.
Knous served as chair for the 2008 Twin Cities Go Red For Women campaign. In this role, she led the charge to raise funds throughout the community to support local cardiovascular research and educational programs designed to drive home the message that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women and to inspire women to commit to a heart-healthy lifestyle. Under her leadership, a record $1.3 million was raised by the Twin Cities campaign alone, a sum that includes Supervalu’s generous contribution of $50,000.
Knous said she accepted the award “on behalf of everyone who helped us achieve these record campaigns. But I also accept it on behalf of every single person anywhere who has made a financial commitment to the American Heart Association -- through personal donations, participation in AHA and Go Red Fundraising events, or prompted their own companies to get involved in the fight.”
As a result of Knous’ involvement and leadership, and because health and nutrition is one of Supervalu’s designated areas of focus for its charitable giving and volunteer activities, the nation’s third-largest Minneapolis-based grocery retailer has signed on as a national supporter of Go Red For Women through 2011.