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Santa Clarita Valley Vons/Pavilions stores fundraise for Easter Seals

Local grocery stores launch 4th annual April charity campaign

Posted: March 20, 2009 4:16 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2009 1:30 p.m.
 
Join Vons and Pavilions stores in the Santa Clarita Valley as they raise money during April for services provided by Easter Seals to local residents with disabilities.

The month-long campaign takes place at all Santa Clarita, Newhall, Sauguas and Valencia locations, where customers will be given the option at check-out of making a contribution to Easter Seals. Each store is encouraged to participate in other in-store fundraising activities to benefit Easter Seals.

Donations at Vons and Pavilions stores across Southern California help Easter Seals provide job training and employment opportunities, pre-school and after-school services, independent living options that keep people in their own homes instead of institutions, and services that help adults learn daily living and social skills that most of us take for granted.

"In the last four years of this campaign, Easter Seals Southern California has seen first-hand the positive impact of the money raised by Vons and Pavilions," said Mark Whitley, chief executive officer of Easter Seals Southern California.

"Their support helps Easter Seals provide services for people with autism, independent living services, and expanded employment services for adults and teens that are transitioning from high school to work."

In 2008, Vons raised over $1 million in support of Easter Seals Southern California. "We know that Easter Seals Southern California consistently ranks among the most efficient charities at serving people with disabilities. We are proud to support their efforts in our community," said Mike Gutierrez, manager at a top fundraising Vons store in the Santa Clarita Valley area in 2008 at 2355 E. 16550 W. Soledad Canyon Rd.

Easter Seals
Easter Seals Southern California provides specialized services to people with disabilities. Our mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. We serve 3,500 people at 50 offices and sites throughout Southern California.

Vons
Vons is a division of Safeway Inc., a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales, which totaled $44.1 billion in 2008. Safeway operates 1,740 stores in the United States and western Canada, including 293 in southern California and southern Nevada that operate under the Vons and Pavilions banners. Vons/Safeway supports a broad range of charitable and community programs and in 2008 donated more than $248 million to important causes, such as cancer research, education, hunger relief and programs focused on assisting people with disabilities.

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