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 Santee Store Yields Top Total in Charity Campaign for People with Disabilities 


June 28, 2011 (Santee) -- The Santee Vons store was named a top fundraising store by Easter Seals during Safeway Inc.’s charity campaign to benefit people with disabilities in April.  The Santee store achieved the highest fundraising total in its district.


During the month-long campaign, 268 Vons stores in Southern California raised more than $1 million to directly benefit people with disabilities at Easter Seals Southern California and their families through job training and employment, preschool and after-school services, autism services, assistance for people to move out of institutions and into their own home, and services that help adults learn basic daily living and social skills.  As a company, Safeway stores raised $6.2 Million during the campaign for Easter Seals affiliates nationwide.

“The Santee Vons consistently ranks as a top fundraising store in San Diego County during the April fundraiser for people with disabilities,” says Mark Whitley, chief executive officer of Easter Seals Southern California. “We are very grateful to all employees and customers who participate, especially in the current challenging economy.  Support from Vons stores is essential to ensure our services continue without interruption to give people with disabilities greater independence.”

“Thank you to our employees and loyal customers who made the campaign successful again this year,” says Vons Store Manager John Woods. “We are a decades-long supporter of Easter Seals and are very proud of their work to help people with disabilities gain independence.”







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