Kmart today announced it has received the award for Outstanding Corporate Citizen at the 31st annual Supplier Performance Awards by Retail Category (SPARC) hosted by Retailing Today magazine. The tribute honors Kmart for the most well-developed, proactive program in the areas of Charity, Community Development, Diversity, Philanthropy, and/or Associate Development and recognizes Kmart's commitment to the American Diabetes Association's "Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes" program.
"Kmart is honored to receive this award and proud to partner with the American Diabetes Association on such an important event. We are grateful to be recognized by other retailers, vendors and industry experts for our associates' hard work and support of Kmart's philanthropic programs," said Mark Doerr, RPh, vice president of Kmart Pharmacy.
Don Germano, SVP/GM, Kmart Stores stated, "Kmart's work with the ADA is another important way our associates are getting involved in their communities and we are proud to build community support and do our part in raising money to help the more than 23 million Americans living with diabetes."
In 2008 Kmart became a national sponsor of "Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes" and over the past two years, Kmart's customers and associates have raised approximately $1.5 million through its in-store campaigns.
For more information about the SPARC awards please visit www.sparcawards.com .
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a mass merchandising company that offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Martha Stewart Everyday and Route 66. For more information visit the company's website at www.kmart.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com .
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