Nov 10, 2008
GIANT Food Stores and many more corporate partners recognized for their commitment to ending MS
Chicago, Nov. 7, 2008 — Dozens of top executives from leading companies gathered today at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual conference in Chicago.
The business leaders were recognized for their outstanding commitment to helping people with MS move their lives forward and to raising awareness for the disease and the National MS Society. More than 800 leaders in the movement, including Society volunteers, employees and other corporate leaders, acknowledged these corporate “stars” and partners at the organization’s annual meeting.
GIANT Food Stores was presented with the “Shining Star” award, which is given annually to the Society’s corporate partner that has demonstrated the most growth during the past year in its nationwide commitment to raising awareness and funding for the MS movement. Jeff Martin, Executive Vice President for Sales and Merchandising from GIANT, was present to accept the award. Past recipients of this honor include Christopher and Banks, Clear Channel Communications, Inc., FedEx and BP America.
Highlights of GIANT Food Stores’ commitment to raising awareness for MS include:
- In 2008 GIANT raised a record $515,000 in “paper sneaker” sales through the work of associates and generous support from their customers.
- Combined with Team GIANT’s donations to Walk MS, more than $600,000 was raised, bringing the company’s total support for the MS cause to over $4 million.
“We are proud to be able to strengthen awareness and understanding about MS and be a part of the MS movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis,” said Sander van der Laan, President and Chief Executive Officer, GIANT Food Stores. “We are honored to be recognized by the National MS Society and we thank everyone in the MS movement for their efforts to end MS. We also want to thank the associates of GIANT for their commitment and enthusiasm for supporting the National MS Society.”
New Stars Light the Way to a World Free of MS
Several new corporate partners achieved “Corporate Star” status this year through their commitment to the Society. They include:
Valero Energy Corporation
Valero Energy Corporation achieved “Corporate Star” status this year through its commitment to the Society. Valero’s support for the Society includes $225,000 in title sponsorship for the San Antonio, Texas, Bike MS: Valero Bike to the Beach over the next three years, and innovative marketing assistance valued at over $600,000 combined with local in-kind support for the Lone Star Chapter. Leading by example, Valero Chairman and CEO, Bill Klesse and his wife made a personal commitment of $100,000 to the Valero Bike to the Beach event.
KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax, and advisory firm, is guided by its promise of professionalism — to each other, its clients, and to the capital markets it serves. Along with this commitment comes the honor of serving communities throughout the United States and the world. The firm's corporate citizenship activities link closely with its strategic business priorities and are an inherent part of KPMG's core value of being "committed to its communities."
As a longtime supporter of the National MS Society, KPMG has worked with the Society to develop educational programs for their disabilities network, and gives to the Society through corporate sponsorship, employee giving and volunteerism, and dynamic employee teams that annually raise nearly $500,000. The Society is proud to be an official National Nonprofit Affiliate of KPMG and to recognize KPMG as a Corporate Star.
Acorda Therapeutics has demonstrated their leadership and commitment to people with MS and the Society through the support of a variety of impactful projects:
-- Walk MS: sponsorship of local Walk MS events across the country and support for a Cooperative Event Marketing Program credited with increasing Walk MS registration nationwide.
-- Survey on the effects of mobility issues on quality of life: Acorda Therapeutics partnered with the Society to support a landmark survey conducted by Harris Interactive that explored the views of people with MS and caregivers.
--“I Walk Because”: A Web site, booth, and video developed by Acorda Therapeutics promotes awareness of MS and mobility issues.
About the National MS Society’s Corporate Star Program
The National MS Society Corporate Star program recognizes corporations that encourage volunteerism, lend their good names to fundraising events, contribute in-kind and cash sponsorship, support the establishment of corporate teams, provide expertise and leadership for Society chapters, advocate for increased accessibility for people with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities, as well as fund programs and research for people with MS through foundation grants or corporate gifts.
“The collective commitment from our Corporate Stars and Corporate Partners is equivalent to millions and millions of dollars in donated time, resources and services,” said Joyce Nelson, President and CEO of the National MS Society. “But it really is invaluable to know that some of the most well-known and most respected companies in the world are side-by-side with us in our commitment to people with MS as we move towards a world free from multiple sclerosis.”
National MS Society Corporate Stars:
National MS Society Corporate Partners:
GIANT Food Stores, LLC, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S., currently operates stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia under the names of GIANT Food Stores, Martin’s Food Markets and FoodSource. For more information, visit the company’s Web sites at www.GiantFoodStores.com or www.MartinsFoods.com.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2007 alone, through our home office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted over $136 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested more than $50 million to support 440 research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.
Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).