Kinney Drugs, a local, employee-owned chain of drug stores that serves communities throughout central and Northern New York and Vermont, was recognized by the American Heart Association as the top fundraiser in its region as they presented the organization with a $17,420 check in support of the "Go Red for Women" movement. The money raised is the result of an effort coordinated by Kinney Drugs during its monthlong heart health initiative hosted at each of its 100 locations.
The company raised more than $10,000 by asking customers to make a donation in exchange for a red dress pin, the symbol of the "Go Red for Women" movement. Kinney Drugs also collected funds through several additional efforts, including vendor contributions, a chocolate bar sale and an employee fundraiser.
"This initiative was created not only to raise awareness about heart disease, but to take action against this silent killer," said Jim Spencer, president of Kinney Drugs stores. "Our success is owed to the thousands of customers and employees who came together to support heart health in our communities."
"We are steadfast supporters of the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women," said Bridget-ann Hart, president and CEO of KPH Healthcare Services and member of the 2014 American Heart Association Go Red for Women leadership team. "As a pharmacy health care company, we are proud to promote heart health among our patients."
The company's initiative was developed with the American Heart Association to build awareness about the dangers of heart disease, provide resources for employees and customers to improve their heart health and help raise money for the "Go Red for Women" movement. The money raised will be used by the American Heart Association to support communities throughout New York and Vermont that are served by Kinney Drugs.