|$5,000 Donation from Sears Young Futures will Help Expand Services offered by Boys and Girls Club Community Services in Calgary|
CALGARY, Nov 25, 2004 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Sears Canada (TSX: SCC) today presented a cheque in the amount of $5,000 from the Sears Young Futures program to Boys and Girls Club Community Services in Calgary that will help the agency move forward with an initiative to transform and expand the types of services and programs provided to children and youth.
The cheque presentation was part of the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening the new Sears Appliance & Mattress store in Calgary, Sears first Appliance & Mattress store in Western Canada, which is part of the Company's specialty format store strategy to bring its key product categories to a growing customer segment who shop in conveniently located Power Centres on a regular basis.
Bonnie Boehm, Store Manager, Sears Appliances & Mattresses, presented the cheque on behalf of Sears Young Futures to Dianne Richard, Volunteer Coordinator, Boys and Girls Club Community Services.
For over fifty years, the Boys and Girls Club Community Services has provided recreational and social development programs in Calgary. The primary mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to encourage each member to develop to the fullest of his or her potential. The Club provides an atmosphere whereby members can be given a chance to help develop self-esteem, a sense of belonging, a concern for others, and a desire to be responsible and productive citizens.
Boys and Girls Club Community Services is a non-profit guidance based organization, serving over 29,000 children, youth and families in 2003. Community clubs offer drop in activities, day camps, dances, crafts, sports, homework assistance and cooking programs, providing a place for kids to play, create and make new friends. Through positive role models, safe and creative programs Boys and Girls Club Community Services, along with its supporters have been helping young people discover the best in themselves and those around them.
"We are grateful for Sears generous donation, which will help Boys and Girls Club Community Services enhance our existing after school and evening programs," said Diane Richard, Volunteer Coordinator, Boys and Girls Club Community Services. "We are looking forward to expanding our programs and services focusing on education, health, and literacy, with the funds from Sears Canada."
Sears has provided other funding and support to Boys and Girls Club Community Services over the past several years through fundraising events, such as charity plush toy sales and "Round It Off Days," as well as by providing youth with gifts collected through the "Tree of Hope" campaign.
Sears Young Futures, the community investment program of Sears Canada, supports organizations that provide enriching after-school programming that inspires children and youth to believe in themselves. Additional funds are raised through in-store campaigns and customer donations of Sears Club points. For the 5th year in a row, Sears Young Futures has contributed over $3 million to after-school providers across Canada.
Sears Canada, the retailer with the most extensive multi-channel network in the country, began serving customers in 1953. The Company has 48,000 associates and, in an independent consumer survey, ranks high in customer service, trust, respect, and quality products and services. There is a Sears location within a 10-minute drive of 93% of Canadians, and Sears is dedicated to providing them with quality merchandise and exceptional service coast to coast through its 121 full-line department stores, 211 off-mall stores, 64 home improvement showrooms, over 2,200 catalogue merchandise pick-up locations, 112 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.
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For further information: Bonnie Boehm, Manager, Sears Appliance & Mattress, (403) 836-9138, bboehm(at)sears.ca; Dianne Richard, Boys and Girls Club Community Services, (403) 276-9981
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