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LOCAL SHOP ‘n SAVE®OWNERS RAISETHOUSANDS FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS

CONTACT:                                                    
Ben Boskovich
Gatesman+Dave, Inc.
412-381-5400 x136
bboskovich@gatesmandave.com

Fundraiser will provide assemblies, field trips, clothing and furniture for students


PITTSBURGH – July 2, 2013
– The Charley Family and employees of their SHOP ‘n SAVE stores have once again donated their time to further service their community by raising more than $4,000 for local schools following a week-long fundraiser earlier this summer. Donations to seven local schools were made at a special check presentation ceremony held on Saturday, June 29th at the family’s Pittsburgh Street SHOP ‘n SAVE in Greensburg.

“The Charley store is what we call 'our' SHOP 'n SAVE,” said Robin Mattes, Art Teacher at McKee Elementary School in Jeannette. “We love their bakery and we love that they're a great family-owned store. You don't see much of that anymore.”

Mattes said there have already been talks of using the money for educational assemblies at the school next year. “Whatever we do, we’ll make sure we give it back to the kids,” she said. “They earned it.”

During the week-long fundraiser, cash donations were collected at store registers throughout the week with the Charley Family matching all donations dollar-for-dollar. The week culminated with a special School Day community event at both Charley Family SHOP ‘n SAVE stores, located at 990 North Main Street and 730 East Pittsburgh Street in Greensburg.

"The Charley Family has deep roots in Western Pennsylvania.  My sons are 4th generation grocers in the greater Greensburg community," said Ray Charley, storeowner.  "We’re excited to have made a direct impact on students from all around Pittsburgh and in our local community.”

The contest also awarded 25,000 Labels for Education and 3,000 Box Tops for Education to local schools – both the Labels and Box Tops for Education programs provide schools with funding and educational materials. The event also featured a petting zoo, pony rides, and face painters free to the public – with donations requested.

Chris Thomas, Principal of Nicely Elementary School in the Greensburg Salem School District said he is still thinking of different ways to use the funds, but has a few ideas in mind.

"We plan to focus on boosting the technology in our school, whether it's through the purchase of a new laptop, an iPad or flip cams for the classrooms—we are looking for ways to expand our capabilities and give our students more ways to interact and engage as they learn,” he said.

School representatives attended the check presentation to meet with the Charley family and discuss plans for using the funds.

“We were happy to gather everyone together in the store to see how they planned on improving their students’ experience with the donations,” said Tom Charley. “We’re extremely grateful to play a role in enhancing their education.”

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/charleyfamilysns.

About SHOP ‘n SAVE:

There are more than 90 independently owned and operated SHOP ‘n SAVE stores in Western Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia. SHOP ‘n SAVE offers customers everyday low prices on name brand and private label products. For more information, visit www.shopnsavefood.com

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