Retail & Celebrity Charity News Week of November 16
Sony Encourages Television Recycling
To encourage the recycling of electronic products, Sony Style has launched its ‘Green Glove’ service, which offers consumers the option of having their old televisions hauled away and recycled when purchasing a new 32-inch diagonal or larger Sony BRAVIA LCD television. The service is part of the Sony Take Back Recycling program in partnership with Waste Management Recycle America, which allows consumers to drop off old electronics at designated locations. For locations, visit www.sony.com/recycle.
Nicole Ritchie, Joel Madden Host UNICEF Event
On November 22, 2008, Nicole Ritchie and Joel Madden will host UNICEF’s 2008 Beverly Hills Snowflake Light Ceremony, “lighting” the UNICEF Snowflake and 20 Baccarat chandeliers that grace Rodeo Drive during the holiday season. The event begins at 3 p.m. with family-friendly activities and performances by The 88 and Kreesha Turner. The lighting ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive, and the will start with a fireworks display atop the Beverly Wilshire.
P&G Launches Hunger Initiative
Procter & Gamble brand Cascade has teamed up with Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) to donate meals for hungry Americas. The personal care giant has launched a new website and will donate at least $250,000 and up to four million meals for the holiday season via Feeding America’s Kids Café locations. www.CascadeFeedsAmerica.com
Starbucks Adds Rewards Card
Starbucks has added the Starbucks Gold program to encourage customer loyalty. The card is $25 for the year and gives customers 10% off most purchases, including food, drinks, coffee beans, espresso machines and products. Upon signing up, users get a free drink and are entitled to two hours of free Wireless Internet access daily.
Safeway Raises Millions For Cancer Research
Supermarket chain Safeway raised roughly US$18.6 million during October in U.S. and Canada stores that will go toward breast cancer research.
Whole Foods Preps 15 Stores For 2009 Openings
According to its website, health food retail giant Whole Foods is expanding amid the financial crisis. It’s list of stores in development includes projected 2009 openings in Vancouver, Canada; San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood; California’s Capitola, Santa Barbara and Santa Rosa cities; Denver, CO; Milford, CT; Maui, HI; Chicago’s Kingsbury Square; Annapolis, Md.; Dedham, Mass.; Paramus, NJ; 97th Street in Manhattan; Plymouth Meeting, PA; and the Abrams/Lakewood region of Dallas.