Travel Retailer Hudson Group Donates $300,000 to Communities In Schools

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Leading travel retailer Hudson Group gave its year-end donation of $300,000 to Communities In Schools (CIS) at its annual Management Seminar & Vendor Show at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

Hudson Group donating over-sized check of $300,000 to Communities In Schools President Daniel Cardinali

“We thank our Hudson customers for their incredible generosity to help nearly 1.5 million students from dropping out," commented Hudson Group President & CEO Joe DiDomizio.

Leading travel retailer Hudson Group gave its year-end donation of $300,000 to Communities In Schools (CIS) at its annual Management Seminar & Vendor Show at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

Throughout the year, Hudson stores in airports, bus and rail terminals collect the money in counter-top boxes at registers to encourage customers to donate their spare change to aid CIS.

“We thank our Hudson customers for their incredible generosity to help nearly 1.5 million students from dropping out," commented Hudson Group President & CEO Joe DiDomizio. "We look forward to continuing—and expanding upon—our partnership with CIS. Indeed, every child deserves the opportunity to rise to the very top of their potential with an education.”

For more than half a decade, Hudson Group has supported the charity resulting in over $1 million in donations. Earlier this year, DiDomizio was elected to the CIS national board of directors.    

“This donation represents not only the tremendous leadership of Joe and the Hudson team but also the deep generosity of Hudson's customers," commented CIS President Daniel Cardinali, who accepted the over-sized check. "We are grateful for the help it will provide to those disadvantaged students who need our collective support to stay in school and achieve in life.”

CIS is the nation’s largest and leading dropout prevention group. Its nearly 200 local affiliates in 25 states and the District of Columbia surround students—nearly 1.5 million nationwide--with a community of support. They leverage services that already exist in the community to level the playing field for these students for a national average of only $160 per student annually. 91 percent of the students they work with on a one-to-one basis remain in school.

“Education is a critical issue, with roughly one in three students dropping out of high school in the United States annually,” added DiDomizio. “By engaging our customers with the CIS initiative, their small donations of pennies, nickels, and dimes add to make a big impact on the future of so many children in need.”

About Hudson Group:

Hudson Group, the largest travel retailer in North America, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of international travel retailer Dufry AG (DUFN) of Basel, Switzerland. Hudson Group operates over 700 Hudson, Hudson News, Hudson Booksellers, cafes, specialty retail and duty free shops in 70 airports and transportation terminals in the United States and Canada. Dufry operates over 1,700 stores in more than 60 countries and 240 airports and transportation terminals around the world.

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