Lowe's Sets All-Time Fundraising Record for MDA
TUCSON, Ariz., March 31, 2010 — Lowe’s Home Improvement makes history during the 2010 Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Campaign in North America. With outstanding support from employees and the millions of customers shopping its more than 1,700 stores in the United States and Canada, Lowe’s has raised a record of nearly $5.4 million to help advance the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s lifesaving mission.
Lowe’s broke its own single-retailer Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraising record of $4.3 million set during last year’s campaign. And for the first time ever, the retailer took its shamrocks sales to its DistributionCenters and CustomerSupportCenters.
“Teaming up with MDA is something Lowe’s employees take great pride in,” said Mike Brown, Executive Vice President Store Operations. “Together, we’re making a real difference for more than one million kids and adults with muscle diseases. Finding ways to help those in our community is just a part of who we are as a company, and we’ll continue to reach out and be a good neighbor.”
Lowe’s employees and customers purchased and signed a variety of green ($1), gold ($5) and platinum ($20) paper Shamrocks that were displayed on walls in stores, DistributionCenters and CustomerSupportCenters. Lowe’s also became the largest shamrocks retailer in the 27-year history of this annual St. Patrick’s Day-themed fundraising program that involves thousands of restaurants and stores nationwide.
Shamrock sales assist with research seeking treatments and cures for muscle diseases, help provide health care services through more than 200 clinics nationwide and help send some 4,000 children with neuromuscular diseases to the barrier-free MDA summer camp in the U.S.
“The families we serve are so blessed to have Lowe’s helping MDA,” said Jerry Weinberg, MDA President and CEO. “The speed at which this community-focused retailer became MDA’s top Shamrocks Against Dystrophy partner is truly remarkable. Having the energetic and enthusiastic family of Lowe’s employees with us in the fight to find cures and treatments for neuromuscular diseases is invaluable.”
Founded in 1950, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is the nation’s largest non-governmental funder of research seeking treatments and cures for more than 40 neuromuscular diseases, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), and Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). The first nonprofit organization to be recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Medical Association (“for significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity”), MDA also provides unparalleled health care services through its network of more than 200 hospital-affiliated clinics; advocates for the families it serves; and invests significant resources educating the medical and scientific communities, as well as the general public about neuromuscular diseases affecting more than 1 million Americans. Thanks to decades of generous contributions from caring individuals, plus outstanding support received from local, regional and national sponsors, MDA is credited for its role in building the entire field of neuromuscular disease research, while simultaneously nurturing clinical care to significantly improve both quality and length of lives for those affected by neuromuscular diseases.
Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Muscular Dystrophy Association, Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, SkillsUSA/Skills Canada, and The Nature Conservancy, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities in North America. In 2009, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support community and education projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2009 sales of $47.2 billion and has more than 1,700 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit Lowes.com/community.