Kroger, Komen team for breast cancer research

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In October, soup, cereal and everyday grocery items helped to save lives at area Kroger stores.

Shoppers bought pink paper ribbons, pink bracelets, pink pins and donated money to support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, netting $250,000 from their efforts.

On top of that, another $250,000 was raised through the purchase of pink-labeled grocery items - a percentage of the proceeds from each sale was donated to the foundation. Thanks to these specially marked pink tag purchases, Kroger's Atlanta division presented on a $500,000 check to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

"It was a lot of money. Our shoppers really did their part," said Glynn Jenkins, spokeswoman for the Atlanta division of Kroger.

The results of the fundraisers were handed over to the foundation at a reception on Wednesday, where Kroger corporate officers, store associates and breast cancer survivors spoke about the achievement.

In 2006, 5,920 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in Georgia. By partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, formerly Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Kroger is working to educate the general public about prevention methods and treatment options, as well as helping in the search for a cure.

"Quite frankly, too many of us know someone who has been affected by this disease," Jenkins said. "Susan G. Komen is a trusted source for breast cancer information in our community, and Kroger has a real commitment to women's health care and education."

When Kroger began the pink campaign last fall, no one knew quite what to expect, Jenkins said. But the outcome surpassed expectations, and the company is looking to partner with the foundation on further events in 2007.

"Everyone was just elated when we presented the check," he said. "We didn't know exactly how the fundraising would go, but we hoped it would go well. And I'd say it did. We have future plans for working with the foundation in 2007, but plans are still tentative. Just keep an eye out."

Teens, seniors


Gwinnett County Senior Services volunteers recently donated 35 care packages for seniors to the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute's Old School, New School project. The packages consisted of emergency kits, five complete meals and personal hygiene items.

As part of Project Old School, New School, the seniors at the Gwinnett Christian Terrace Senior Home in Lilburn meet and interact with students from Berkmar High School. For project information, call 770-822-8837.

Chipotle calendars support agriculture

Chipotle Mexican Grill is selling calendars featuring its famous burrito in seasonal poses to raise money to sustainable agriculture.

The restaurant's "Food With Integrity" 2007 calendars raise money for the Land Institute and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a Kansas-based organization working to develop a natural agricultural system. The calendars, featuring the foil-wrapped burrito dressed as an angel and wrapped in an American flag, among other things, are available at Chipotle restaurants.

Team in Training meeting slated

for Tuesday

Team in Training will hold an Atlanta kickoff and information session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Marriott Perimeter Center, 246 Perimeter Center Parkway, Atlanta. The group raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and helps train marathon runners, walkers and cyclists. For more information, call 678-279-2009.

Center to host Valentine's Dance

Peace Place fifth annual Valentine's Dance will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Winder Community Center, 113 E. Athens St. in Winder. All proceeds will support the Peace Place Shelter and the Transitional House Project. The event will include an hors d'oeuvre buffet, silent auction and live music from The Georgians Orchestra. The cost is $50 per person. Reservations should be made by Friday. Call Mary Greenwood at 706-367-9365.