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PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Safeway Inc. said it plans to donate approximately $17 million for critical breast cancer research and prevention programs in the United States and Canada, a result of a month-long breast cancer fundraising and public service campaign in the chain's 1,738 stores.
Safeway announced the donation yesterday during a roundtable discussion at The White House with representatives of the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, during which the retailer was recognized for its corporate giving programs as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2007 Corporate Citizenship Awards.
"Our employees, customers and suppliers are passionate about finding a cure for breast cancer and the results of our month-long campaign will fund important research and prevention programs that move closer towards ending the devastation of breast cancer," said Larree Renda, Safeway e.v.p. and chair of The Safeway Foundation. "By partnering with the most innovative research institutions and focusing on critical prevention programs, we are helping bring hope to millions of women and families who join with us in finding a cure."
Safeway has provided nearly $70 million for breast cancer and prostate cancer causes during the past six years, and each year dedicates the month of October to raising money for breast cancer research and prevention programs where customers can make donations at each checkstand and purchase specially marked "pink ribbon" products in stores.
Safeway operates 1,738 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $40.2 billion in 2006.