Concordia University Wisconsin Teams Up with Sendik’s Food Markets to Offer Grocery Retail Management Program
Mequon, Wis. – Reinforcing its commitment to community service, Sendik’s Food Markets today announced a new scholars program in partnership with Concordia University Wisconsin‘s School of Business Administration. The unique, rigorous four-year undergraduate program – titled the Sendik’s Food Markets Scholars Retail Management Program – will prepare students both academically and tactically for a successful executive career within the grocery retail industry.
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Sendik’s customers delivered the gift of food to help feed Milwaukee’s hungry. More than 51,000 pounds of food — nearly two semi trucks worth — was delivered to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin on Monday morning. Funds to purchase the non-perishable products were raised during the months of August, September and October, thanks to amazing support from Sendik’s customers.
Milwaukee, Wis. – Maintaining what has become a fall tradition at Sendik’s Food Markets, the local grocer will deliver a donation to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin of 51,000 pounds of food and more than $44,000 next week. The two delivery trucks are scheduled to arrive at Feeding America’s local warehouse, 1700 W. Fond du Lac Avenue, on Monday, November 19th 10:30 a.m. Media members are invited to attend and may use the 16th Street entrance.
Though the Brewers fell a few wins shy of making the postseason, they proved to have a mighty offense, leading the National League in both home runs (202) and stolen bases (158). Those league-leading 158 stolen bases helped raise $15,800 for the MACC Fund, courtesy of Sendik’s Food Markets. The local grocer – home of the signature “Red Bag” – donated $100 to the charity for each stolen bag by the Brewers in 2012.
The MACC Fund provides critical funding to help cure childhood cancer and related blood disorders, and Sendik’s has supported the organization for many years. In addition to this season-long promotion, the MACC Fund will again be the feature of Sendik’s charitable efforts during the upcoming holiday season. The 25th Anniversary Today’s TMJ4 MACC*Star will be on sale at all ten Balistreri owned and operated Sendik’s Food Markets in mid-November, and other in-store events throughout November, December and January will benefit the charity.
“We enjoyed watching the donation total grow throughout the season as we cheered on the Brewers,” said Nick Balistreri, who owns Sendik’s, along with brothers Ted and Patrick, and sister, Margaret Harris. “It’s an honor for us to lend support to the MACC Fund. Their support of childhood cancer and blood disorder research is saving lives and giving families hope.”
Coupled with the $107,300 from last year’s holiday partnership, the stolen base donation means Sendik’s and its customers have donated $123,100 for the MACC Fund in the past year.
“The MACC Fund is honored to be part of the Sendik’s Food Markets family,” said John Cary, executive director of the MACC Fund. “Their ongoing support has meant the world to the children battling serious disease. Their teaming up with the Brewers added extra meaning to every exciting stolen bag while also providing a child Hope.”
Packer great Leroy Butler’s second cookbook, “Leroy Butler’s Leaping Into Your Kitchen Again,” will be available exclusively at Sendik’s Food Markets beginning Wednesday, October 10. The book features many of Butler’s favorite recipes, which are prepared with ingredients from Sendik’s. The book will sell for $25 with proceeds benefiting the Leroy Butler Foundation, a charity that provides financial assistance to families impacted by breast cancer.
“I’m excited to share my favorite recipes with the fans,” said Butler. “These are recipes I’ve had in my head for years, and it was fun to write them down. More importantly, the cookbook helps us do a lot of good by supporting women who are impacted by breast cancer.”
Butler will be making personal appearances at all 10 local Sendik’s stores to autograph copies of the book for customers and share information about his foundation. Customers can also support the charity by purchasing the Leroy Butler Burger. The gourmet burger is sold exclusively in Sendik’s full-service meat department.
“Leroy’s Foundation is doing great things in our community,” said Nick Balistreri, who owns Sendik’s, along with brothers Ted and Patrick, and sister, Margaret Harris. “It’s rewarding for us to be able to support this charity, and it’s fun for our customers to have the chance to meet Leroy. We look forward to raising even more money with this new cookbook.”
This is the second cookbook by Butler, following 2009′s “Leaping into the Kitchen with Leroy Butler.” The title plays off Butler’s famous, spontaneous leap into the stands at Lambeau Field, inventing the now-famous “Lambeau Leap.”
This morning, students at Thurston Woods School in Milwaukee received backpacks filled with school supplies as part of the Backpack Buddies program sponsored by Sendik’s Food Markets, FOX6 and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Funds to purchase the backpacks were raised during the month of August through sales of Backpack Buddies at all 10 Balistreri owned and operated Sendik’s.
This morning, Sendik’s Food Markets was celebrated as one of the Wisconsin Grocers Association’s 2012 Community Service Award recipients. Michelle Kussow of the WGA surprised siblings Ted, Patrick and Nick Balistreri and Margaret Harris, co-owners of Sendik’s, during a meeting and presented them with the award. Also taking part in the surprise were Bonnie Bellehumeur and Gina Styer of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, who had nominated Balistreri owned and operated Sendik’s Food Markets for the award.
Sendik’s Food Markets concluded its summer fundraising period by collecting $73,000 for Penfield Children’s Center. The total, raised during the months of May, June and July, represents a nearly 50% increase over the $50,000 donation to Penfield at this time last year. The local non-profit, a leader in child development, helps infants and young children with and without disabilities to reach their full potential through education, therapy services and family programs.
Margaret Harris, who owns Sendik’s, along with brothers Ted, Patrick and Nick Balistreri, presented the check to Christine Holmes, Penfield president, and Steve Cain, representing the Penfield board of directors, before last night’s Brewers victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park.
The funds were collected through a variety of in-store promotions that Sendik’s customers generously supported. All proceeds from the sale of $1 lollipops during the month of May and $1 American Flags during the month of June went directly to support Penfield, as did proceeds from the sale of the summer issue of Sendik’s Real Food Magazine and Sendik’s-branded tumblers.
Christine Holmes expressed her thanks by saying, “Penfield Children’s Center is so grateful to Sendik’s and all of the customers for their incredible generosity. This contribution will be used to help support family programs, nutrition education and will enable Penfield to continue to deliver quality programming to over 1,400 children annually.”
Penfield Children’s Center is named in honor of Dr. Wilder Penfield (1891-1976), a world-renowned neurosurgeon who strongly advocated early intervention for children with developmental delays and disabilities. To carry out their mission, the organization delivers research-based programs at the critical time of early brain development when physical, cognitive, language, social, and self-help skills are formed.
Program enters fifth year benefiting Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin
The cute and cuddly Backpack Buddies are again on sale at Sendik’s Food Markets. The clip-on friends are available at 2/$10, with proceeds benefiting Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin. Proceeds will be used to fund backpack distribution to Milwaukee-area school children.
Germantown, Wis. — Sendik’s Food Markets and Waste Management (NYSE: WM) today announced plans to convert produce and plants discarded from ten area Sendik’s stores into compost for landscaping.
PILOT PROJECT EXPANDS
A pilot effort that began June 4 at Sendik’s Germantown store has already recovered more than 7,600 pounds of compostable material, said Ted Balistreri, who co-owns Sendik’s with his brothers Nick and Patrick and sister Margaret Harris. The program is popular with employees and meshed seamlessly into store operations, he noted.
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