Today: Prostate cancer fundraiser at Safeway


Menlo Park's mayor and the president of the Chamber of Commerce will work as grocery baggers at the Safeway on El Camino Real in Menlo Park Thursday, June 10, from 3 to 4 p.m., to promote awareness of prostate cancer.

Shoppers who come by between those hours (and any time in June) will be asked to make donations to fund prostate cancer research. Those donations will not be matched by the grocery giant, according to Susan Houghton, the company's director of public affairs.

Ms. Houghton noted that the company's foundation donates to several local causes, raising money for local schools through its "e-scrip" program.

The company raises money for cancer research through donations made by shoppers in its stores, and at fundraising events like golf tournaments, according to Ms. Houghton.

Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline and Robert Carter, president of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, will work as baggers. Cheerleaders and the mascot from Menlo-Atherton High School will also be on hand, according to a press release.

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Posted by palo alto parent
a resident of another community
on Jun 10, 2010 at 8:20 am

While a worthwhile cause, I am getting tired of being asked to donate to something every time I am at Safeway. And if you mark "no" on the keypad when asked to donate, the cashier asks again if you want to donate to "charity of the month". If there was a local alternative to Safeway, I would be shopping there instead.

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