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GE cuts check to cancer center

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Every October, employees from GE Energy in Minden put on the Bunko for Breast Cancer event to raise money for Carson Tahoe Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center.

This year, the event raised more than $12,000. Members of the group responsible for organizing the event recently presented the check to Ann Proffitt, director of the center.

Co-sponsored by GE Energy and the Carson Valley Inn, Bunko for Breast Cancer has raised more than $200,000 in the fight against cancer. All profits stay locally to help Northern Nevada cancer patients.

Bunko is a dice game similar to Yahtzee. The evening features emcees, raffles and door prizes provided by community members and GE employees.

At a time when many companies are downsizing and looking for ways to trim budgets, some have stepped forward to donate a significant portion of their profits to charity. The Kroger Co., which includes its division Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, was recently named America’s most generous company in a Chronicle of Philanthropy listing in Forbes Magazine.

Kroger contributed 10.9 percent of its $589 million pre-tax profits – or $64 million – to charity in 2009, the year the magazine used to make evaluations.

In 2011, with support from associates, customers and suppliers, Smith’s Food & Drug donated a total of $8.1 million worth of product and cash to local nonprofit organizations. Of that amount, the company donated $2 million in Nevada including the following: $130,000 to St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation in support of Children’s Miracle Network; $20,715 in undesignated cash contributions to K-12 schools; $65,000 to Susan G. Komen & American Cancer Society to support breast cancer prevention and treatment; and enough food through Smith’s perishable donation program to create more than 465,000 meals for those in need.

“Smith’s is extremely proud to play a strong role within a company recognized as a leader in charitable giving,” said Mark Tuffin, Smith’s president. “We believe that in working with local nonprofit organizations Smith’s makes an impact helping others. That desire to support the communities in which our associates live and work is a priority in every Kroger division, including Smith’s.” 

The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Forbes compile two lists – one detailing companies donating pre-tax profits with the second list based on raw numbers. In the article spotlighting Kroger, Forbes writer Susan Adams stated, “The list we think is most meaningful is the one showing companies that are most generous in their cash donations as a percentage of pre-tax profits. Kroger tops that list.”

Kroger is the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer. More than 338,000 associates serve customers in 2,458 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.

The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 361 fine jewelry stores, 1,014 supermarket fuel centers and 40 food-processing plants in the U.S.

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From its divisional headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah Smith’s operates 133 stores and 74 fuel centers throughout seven western states including Utah (49), Nevada (40), New Mexico (25), Wyoming (7), Idaho (4), Montana (4) and Arizona (4). 

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