ShopRite Loves Veterans
Florida, NY - ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. concluded its 2015 Veterans Campaign with the 7th annual Recognizing Our Veterans celebration and awards ceremony hosted at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, New Jersey. The top 10 fundraising stores were recognized for their efforts in front of a standing room only audience comprised of their colleagues, veterans, and ShopRite supporters.
More than $500,000 was raised during the three-month campaign, bringing ShopRite's seven-year cumulative total to more than $2.1 million raised for veterans support organizations in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region.
The success of the annual SRS Veterans Campaign relies on the collaborative efforts and generosity of ShopRite customers, store associates, and vendors. In addition to funds collected through voluntary customer donations made at checkout, store associates lead a variety of fundraising efforts including car washes, hot dog sales, pancake breakfasts, food drives, and raffles. This year's top five fundraising stores were: Chester - $41,774, Store Director Bernie McGoldrick; New Rochelle - $34,533, Store Director John Salcito; Fishkill - $31,293, Store Director Jack Ferguson; Montgomery - $29,226, Store Director Kevin Perino; and Monroe - $24,395, Store Director Peter Baird.
"Our nation's brave men and women in uniform leave their loved ones behind to put themselves in harm's way to protect our nation, our freedom, and our way of life," said Tom Urtz, Vice President of Operations, ShopRite Supermarkets. "Many return from service in need of support or their families need assistance - the annual Veterans Campaign is a way for us to say 'thank you' and express our gratitude for their sacrifices."
Beneficiary organizations of the 2015 Veterans Campaign are: The Tower of Hope, The Orange County Veterans Food Pantry, The Committee for the Families of Iraqi War Veterans, Unified Military Affairs Council, and Hudson Valley Honor Flight.
US Army Capt. (ret.) Chad Fleming provided an inspirational keynote address at the celebration. A member of the Army's elite 75th Ranger Regiment, Capt. Fleming had a total of 10 deployments overseas and was wounded in combat on three separate occasions, one which resulted in a trans-tibial amputation of his left leg. Following his amputation, Capt. Fleming returned to active service for five deployments, each time serving in a combat operator position. Capt. Fleming shared a message of resilience, perseverance, and a "never quit" attitude.
“Motivated by our veterans, people like Capt. Fleming, ShopRite's store associates work tirelessly to help those Orange County veterans with the greatest need. They have been steadfast and loyal partners, supporting the Orange County Veterans Food Pantry and helping us ensure that veterans and their families can put food on their tables each and every day,” said Christian Farrell, Director, Orange County Veterans Services Agency. "We are grateful for all that they do in recognition of our veterans."
"ShopRite believes in giving back to the communities we serve, especially those who serve our communities. Like our customers, we live here, work here, and raise our families here - we believe in being good corporate neighbors," said Urtz. "It is the generosity of our customers and associates that make these efforts possible."
ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc. owns and operates 33 ShopRite stores in New York and New Jersey.
SRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wakefern Food Corporation, the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States with more than 230 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout six states.
SRS builds and maintains Shopper Loyalty by connecting with customers through outstanding customer service, supporting the core needs within the communities we serve and by executing merchandising and operational standards. SRS partners with the local communities to support many organizations, including veteran, children and faith-based, enabling them to assist those in need.
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With nearly 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.
Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $29 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $24 million for local schools, hospitals, and community groups. Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.