Utah Associated Food Stores Help Fight Back Against Muscle Disease During Annual MDA Shamrocks Program

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From Feb. 17 to March 17, customers can show their support for MDA by purchasing and signing a $1 green or $5 gold Shamrocks mobile while shopping at ARO locations in their area.

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Associated Retail Operations (ARO) (Macey’s, Dan’s, Lin’s, Dicks Market and Fresh Market) throughout the Utah area are once again teaming up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the 32nd annual Shamrocks mobile program to help raise funds for local families affected by muscle disease.

From Feb. 17 to March 17, customers can show their support for MDA by purchasing and signing a $1 green or $5 gold Shamrocks mobile while shopping at ARO locations in their area.

“We are so excited that we have the opportunity to help send children affected by muscle disease to MDA summer camp by participating in the annual Shamrocks program,” said Associated Food Stores Retail PR and Social Media Manager Sarah Pettit. “MDA summer camp is often referred to as the ‘best week of the year’ by MDA families. With support from our generous customers and employees, we know we can make a difference again in 2014 and ensure that some very special kids can spend a special barrier-free week at camp creating life-long memories.”

Associated Food Stores teamed up with MDA in 2001 for its Shamrocks program. In 2013, Associated Food Stores and its customers raised more than $76,000 during the Shamrocks program. To date, Associated Food Stores has raised more than $600,000 for MDA.

Funds raised at Associated Food Stores in Utah will help send area children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to MDA summer camp at Camp Roger in Kamas, Utah.

The program also helps to support MDA’s worldwide research program and national network of 200 medical clinics, including the MDA Clinic at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

To learn more about the 2014 MDA Shamrocks program and other MDA fundraising programs, contact Fundraising Coordinator Keisha Salazar at 801-278-6200 or ksalazar(at)mdausa(dot)org or visit mda.org.

About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations is a group of corporate stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides products and services to more than 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. The corporate stores operate under five different banners and formats: Macey’s, Fresh Market, Dan’s, Lin’s and Dick’s Markets. Learn more about Associated Retail Operations by visiting their websites: maceys.com, freshmarketstores.com, dansfoods.com, linsmarketplace.com, dicksmarket.com. Associated Food Stores can be found on the internet at http://www.afstores.com.

About MDA
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.

– MDA –

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