Haggen Steps Up Once Again to Sponsor Walk MS Fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
As Presenting Sponsor, Washington grocery chain is the event’s largest supporter in the state
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — April 2, 2014 — Haggen, Inc. has announced its partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter as a sponsor of the nonprofit’s annual Walk MS fundraiser for the 17th consecutive year. This year also marks Haggen’s fifth as presenting sponsor of the Chapter’s Walk MS events in Washington.
Haggen is Walk MS’s largest corporate supporter in the state through the organization’s Greater Northwest Chapter, which serves nearly 15,000 people with multiple sclerosis living in Alaska, Northern Idaho, Montana and Washington. The fundraiser consists of 11 local walks across Washington throughout April.
Through the company’s long involvement with the National MS Society, Haggen has raised and donated more than half a million dollars in support of people with MS living in the communities they serve. In 2013, Haggen raised a record $92,150 through the sales of Walk MS ‘feet’ at Haggen and TOP checkout stands.
“We are committed to helping the National MS Society’s Great Northwest Chapter raise funds for critical MS research and improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in our state and beyond,” said Clement Stevens, Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Haggen, Inc. “We encourage Haggen shoppers to support Walk MS by buying a Walk MS ‘foot’ and reusable bag, or by participating at their local walk.”
“From their presenting sponsorship to the energy and support each Haggen and TOP employee gives through the Walk MS ‘foot’ sales, Haggen is an incredible community partner. We are thrilled and honored to have their support again this year,” said Patty Shepherd-Barnes, Chapter President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter.
From April 2 to 13, shoppers at all 20 Washington Haggen and TOP Food & Drug stores can support the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by making a donation during checkout to receive a paper Walk MS “foot.” The foot will hang in the store with the donor’s name listed. In addition, shoppers may purchase limited-edition, reusable Walk MS bags in support of the organization. Individual stores will hold separate fundraising events, such as hotdog feeds, car washes and recipe contests.
Haggen will also provide direct support for the Bellingham Walk MS event on April 12, 2014, when the Haggen store at 2814 Meridian Street in Bellingham will serve as the starting point for the 1.75-mile-long walk. Registration for all Walk MS events is available online at http://www.walkMSnorthwest.org.
In 2013, Walk MS events throughout the Greater Northwest Chapter territory attracted more than 13,000 participants and raised more than $1.9 million for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Founded in 1933, Haggen, Inc. is one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading grocery chains. The Bellingham, Washington-based company operates stores in Washington and Oregon under the Haggen Northwest Fresh and TOP Food & Drug names. Haggen is dedicated to providing its guests with the best of the Northwest. For 80 years, it has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. Haggen is also deeply rooted in the communities it serves, providing support to local events and partnerships. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com and top-foods.com.