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Sam's Club highlights wellness in latest giving campaign


BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam's Club is highlighting health-and-wellness issues through its latest campaign, and has pledged to donate up to $2 million to four nonprofits.

The retailer's 2011 Giving Made Simple campaign allows Sam's Club members and associates to direct a portion of the company's donations to four health-related nonprofit organizations: Alliance for a Healthier Generation, OASIS, Sesame Street and The Y.

Members and associates can vote in clubs July 9 and 10, and online every day beginning Monday at and on Facebook through Aug. 1. Each member and associate vote adds $5 to the amount that a designated participating organization receives, allowing the nonprofits to receive a minimum of $50,000 and up to $500,000 each, Sam's Club said.

"This year, we are focusing our annual Giving Made Simple campaign on health and wellness and prevention of chronic disease, which we know is a top concern for everyone," Sam's Club health-and-wellness SVP Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "We are proud that we can direct our philanthropy to make communities healthier and combine our giving with business initiatives, such as $4 generic prescriptions, free monthly health screenings in clubs, health management programs and more."

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