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BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will be the first for-profit organization to receive The Salvation Army's Evangeline Booth Award, one of the organization's highest honors.
The Salvation Army is recognizing Wal-Mart for excellence in corporate philanthropy, and will present the award to Wal-Mart president and c.e.o. Lee Scott today during the non-profit's National Advisory Organizations Conference in Dallas.
"We are honoring Wal-Mart Stores because of its demonstrated commitment to go above and beyond the call of duty, not only for The Salvation Army, but for philanthropic organizations across the country who are intent on assisting Americans in their times of greatest need," said Commissioner Israel Gaither, Salvation Army USA National Commander, in a statement.
Recognized last year by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest cash contributor in America, Wal-Mart gave more than $270 million in 2006.
Wal-Mart has a long-standing partnership with The Salvation Army that spans more than 20 years. The company annually invites The Salvation Army bell ringers to collect donations outside stores and clubs nationwide for its Red Kettle Campaign.