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The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. said yesterday that it has raised more than $1.2 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in 2008 alone.
A&P employees in New York, Las Vegas, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and the state of Connecticut helped out by volunteering to answer phones at the 43rd Annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, enabling the grocer to exceed its 2008 donation goal of $1 million.
Company s.v.p., store operations Paul Wiseman appeared on the telethon in Las Vegas to present a check in person to host Jerry Lewis for $1,275,000.
A&P has been an MDA sponsor for more than two decades, taking part in many charitable initiatives annually, among them Shamrocks Against Dystrophy and the annual A&P MDA Charity Golf Classic, the latter of which raised over $450,000 this year. Additionally, A&P works with Acosta Sales & Marketing to sponsor the “Aisles of Smiles” program, as well as a day at MDA Summer Camp.
The MDA's programs are funded almost entirely by individual contributions.
Montvale, N.J.-based A&P operates 447 stores in eight states and the District of Columbia under the A&P, Waldbaum's, Pathmark, Best Cellars, The Food Emporium, Super Foodmart, Super Fresh, and Food Basics banners.