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    Thriftway, Komen Foundation Join Forces to Fight Breast Cancer

    TUKWILA, Wash. -- Thriftway here is gearing up for its annual Ladybug Festival fundraiser. Other participating area grocers are Metropolitan Markets, Food Emporium, and the Granite Falls Red Apple Market. Last year, Thriftway raised more than $100,000 for the local Puget Sound affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

    TUKWILA, Wash. -- Thriftway here is gearing up for its annual Ladybug Festival fundraiser. Other participating area grocers are Metropolitan Markets, Food Emporium, and the Granite Falls Red Apple Market. Last year, Thriftway raised more than $100,000 for the local Puget Sound affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

    "This charity is very important to us," said Thriftway marketing manager Bob Broderick in a statement. "Such a high percentage of the money raised for Susan G. Komen efforts goes to support cancer services, cancer screenings, and women's health organizations all over the Puget Sound. We see the funds directly working in our communities, and we like that."

    The Ladybug Festival runs each spring. Over the past five years, shoppers have helped raise more than $442,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through the event. This year the Ladybug Festival starts runs from April 20 to Sunday, May 8, Mother's Day.

    Collectively, the retailers' 2005 goal is to raise $100,000. Customers can buy paper ladybugs that sell for $1 to $50 each. The purchased ladybugs are then posted throughout the stores to show community involvement and support for the fight against breast cancer. All proceeds from ladybug purchases go directly to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to further research and contribute valuable work toward vanquishing the disease.

    Thriftway operates 14 locally owned stores in Washington state.

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