NEW YORK, May 15 Duane Reade Holdings, Inc. todayannounced that The Duane Reade Charitable Foundation will donate $50,000 as aGrand-level sponsor of AIDS Walk New York, which raises money for Gay Men'sHealth Crisis (GMHC) and fifty other HIV-centric programs and services in thetri-state area. Since 1986, the annual walk has become the largest AIDSfundraising event in the world. This year the walk will be held on Sunday,May 18th, 2008 in Central Park.
According to GMHC, New York City remains the epicenter of the HIV epidemicwith more people living with HIV or AIDS than any other city in the UnitedStates.
"Duane Reade is proud to be a grand sponsor of the twelfth annual AIDSWalk New York, and we applaud the efforts of GMHC to promote awareness andprevent the spread of HIV and AIDS in our city," said Jim Scarfone, SeniorVice President Human Resources & Administration for Duane Reade and a Trusteeof the Duane Reade Charitable Foundation. "As the leading drug store retailerin New York, we are committed to supporting organizations like GMHC thataddress serious health issues in the communities we serve."
"We are tremendously grateful for Duane Reade's exemplary support for AIDSWalk New York -- the largest AIDS fundraiser and HIV awareness event in theworld," said Marjorie J. Hill, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men'sHealth Crisis, the prime beneficiary of AIDS Walk New York. "Duane Reade'sgenerous support allows GMHC to continue providing a comprehensive range ofservices to more than 15,000 men and women and children living with andaffected by HIV and AIDS, reach thousands of people with our educationalprogramming on HIV prevention, testing and treatment, and fight to removebarriers to health and care."
In the last twelve years, AIDS Walk New York has raised $97 million forprograms and services that strive to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS andaims to support those afflicted with the illness. The walk attracts thousandsof participants and raises millions of dollars each year.
To learn more about AIDS Walk New York and its benefactors, please visitwww.aidswalk.net/newyork.
The Duane Reade Charitable Foundation was formed in March 2007 and iscommitted to supporting charitable organizations that promote health andwellness in New York's communities. A portion of the charity's budget is alsoreserved to support programs that address local community needs.
About Duane Reade
Founded in 1960, Duane Reade is the largest drug store chain in themetropolitan New York City area, offering a wide variety of prescription andover-the-counter drugs, health and beauty care items, cosmetics, greetingcards, photo supplies and photofinishing. As of March 29, 2008, the Companyoperated 242 stores.
Contact: Duane Reade Holdings, Inc.Diane Zappas of FD, 212-850-5600
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