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September 17, 2001
Schnucks and Logli Stores Join
United Way's September 11th Relief Fund Efforts
ST. LOUIS - Schnucks and Logli supermarkets will launch a "Scan and Give" campaign to benefit the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The campaign will run from Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 28, according to Craig D. Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer of Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Schnuck, who is also board chairman of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, said the money raised will go to the September 11th Fund. The United Way of New York City, the New York Community Trust and the Council on Foundations created the fund to mobilize financial resources to respond to the needs of victims and their families in New York City, Washington D.C. and western Pennsylvania.
Point-of-sale displays at all Schnucks and Logli stores will feature $2, $5 and $10 tear-off donation vouchers which customers can have scanned and applied to their grocery totals as non-taxable transactions. Each tax-deductible donation will be reflected on the register receipt.
Schnucks has teamed up with local St. Louis television station FOX 2 and radio stations in the EMMIS Communications Group to get the word out to people throughout the company's service areas in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. "This tragedy is calling forth a special generosity from everyone that is both inspiring and undefeatable," said Schnuck. "We are pleased to offer our customers an easy way to give to the September 11th Fund and strengthen the growing sense of community we are experiencing as Americans."
Nancy Diemer, Schnucks director of community affairs, said the company is also helping local relief efforts. "We are responding to requests for food and beverages from the Red Cross and area hospitals, and to churches sponsoring blood drives," she said.
In the sister cities of Bloomington and Normal, Ill., Citadel's Radio Bloomington stations WJBC-AM, WBNQ-FM, and B104-FM jointly promoted a Red Cross fund-raiser from Sept. 12 through Sept. 15 in the parking lot of the Schnucks store at 1701 E. Empire St.
Bloomington Schnucks Store Manager David Ezell said people of all ages dropped by Schnucks with cash, payroll checks and piggy banks to donate more than $780,000. "We've participated in successful fund-raisers in the past, but I am awed by this response," Ezell said. "This drew the support of citizens throughout central Illinois. Their stunning generosity brings tears to my eyes." Associates at the Bloomington Schnucks provided refreshments, security for the money collected and help as needed. Volunteers from the radio stations, the American Red Cross, Civil Air Defense, Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan athletes, and a host of other community volunteers staffed the collection point for more than 40 hours.
The United Way of Greater St. Louis has announced a side-by-side campaign benefiting the September 11th Fund to run concurrently with its annual fund drive, launched Sept. 4.
Contributions from Schnucks' United Way campaigns for 2001 have reached $2 million.
Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 91 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Logli Supermarkets is a division of Schnucks with stores in Rockford, Ill. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.
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Editor's note: Members of the EMMIS Communications Group in St. Louis include 105.7 The Point, 104.1 The Mall, 97.1 St. Louis' FM Talk, KSHE 95 and KHITS 96.