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Marsh Supermarkets Inc. is donating nearly $50,000 to local police from the neighborhoods served by the Indianapolis-based retailer.
The cash donation follows a recognition event for police, the Marsh Great American Cookout Super Block Party, held Aug. 2 at each of the 97 Marsh stores. The event was designed to show support for the anti-crime efforts provided by local law enforcement professionals. Marsh invited neighborhood residents to attend a party at a Marsh store convenient to them and enjoy hot dogs, beverages and other refreshments, play games and spend the evening with their neighbors and local police officers.
“We all owe our local police, those who serve and protect our neighborhoods a great amount of gratitude for the job they do,” said Joe Kelley, Marsh chairman, CEO and president. “Because of them, our communities are safer, more secure and great places to live, work and raise families. We wanted to do something to let them know their efforts to fight crime in our communities are very much appreciated.”
Each store is donating $500, with the total amount received by each department determined by the number of Marsh stores in each community. The Indianapolis metropolitan area has the greatest number of Marsh stores, 23 in all, meaning $11,500 will be donated to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
“I would like to thank Marsh Supermarkets for their genuine and continuous police/community partnerships and their generous donations to our IMPD Community Day outreach programs,” said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Paul R. Ciesielski. “The level of support and, even better, the enthusiasm displayed by Marsh and all of its employees during National Night Out events was outstanding. I pledge my commitment to continue to building upon the great relationship between our officers and our friends at Marsh.”
The next largest check, for $3,500, will go to the Muncie, Ind., police department from its seven Marsh stores. Likewise, departments in Bloomington, Anderson and Lafayette will receive checks from multiple Marsh stores. Police departments in communities served by a single Marsh store will receive $500.
Marsh operates 70 Marsh stores, including three O’Malia’s Supermarkets and 27 MainStreet Markets in Indiana and Ohio, with 40 Indiana pharmacy locations.