Walgreens to be Honored at Autism Gala

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Divisional Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Steve Pemberton to accept award

Have Dreams, a nonprofit autism resource center, has chosen Walgreens as its honoree for the organization’s 4th annual Night of Dreams gala.

Have Dreams provides autism services to a wide range of individuals and Executive Director Kristina Johnsen understands how important it is for individuals with autism to have a place to go when mandated schooling is finished.

“We have chosen to honor Walgreens this year for its continued commitment to employing individuals with disabilities, including autism,” says Johnsen.

Divisional Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Steve Pemberton will be accepting the award on behalf of Walgreens. Pemberton is responsible for ensuring that Walgreens demonstrates cultural and workforce diversity. He takes the lead on directing activities to help serve diverse markets and populations, including customers in medically underserved areas, food deserts and urban areas. In addition, Pemberton also helps strengthen relationships with diverse suppliers and communities.

The Night of Dreams gala will be held at the JW Marriott in downtown Chicago on April 27, 2012 and will feature celebrated charity auctioneer, David Goodman. All ticket sales, donations and table sponsorships can be purchased through the Have Dreams website. Priceless live auction items for this year’s event include tickets to the 2013 Masters, the 2012 Ryder Cup, luxurious vacations to Mexico and Anguilla. Also being offered is a once in a lifetime trip to Bordeaux, France where you will have the chance for private visits, tasting and meals at 15 of the top châteaux in the region including exclusive visits to Châteaux Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux and Pétrus. To see the full lineup of remarkable auction items please visit the Night of Dreams page on the Have Dreams website.

About Have Dreams
Have Dreams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families with autism. Have Dreams provides autism-intervention programs to individuals with autism, helping them learn important communication and social skills enabling them to develop into contributing members of their communities. Have Dreams also provides autism training to educators, families and other professionals, as well as diagnostics, assessments and family resource services. Have Dreams was established in 1996 and has locations in Park Ridge and Evanston, Illinois. For more information please visit http://www.havedreams.org.

About Walgreens
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2011 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (http://www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 7,847 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

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