Bartell Drugs, Oberto team to help kids and Seattle Children’s
Nine-year-old Aiyana Lucas has heart. In fact, she’s had three hearts.
Aiyana was born with a severe heart defect which necessitated a heart transplant when she was only 6 months old. At age 8, congestive heart failure necessitated another transplant which was unsuccessful and so another transplant quickly followed.
Today, she’s an active, healthy 9 year old. And it’s all thanks to the talented team at Seattle Children’s.
To help support Aiyana and the thousands of other children in need of vital healthcare, Bartell Drugs and Kent-based Oberto Beef Jerky are joining forces to raise money for Seattle Children’s in support of its mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric diseases.
This is the second year the locally-based, family-owned companies have joined forces to raise money for the nationally-acclaimed hospital. Last year, $24,500 was collected from the chain’s 64 Puget Sound locations.
During October, for each bag of Oberto Beef Jerky purchased at a Bartell location, a financial contribution will be made to the hospital – with a total expected up to $25,000.
The fundraising effort by the two family-owned companies reflects their long-time commitment to positively impact the lives of children and families living in the Puget Sound area.
“Oberto believes in making healthy and high quality snacks, but our mission is so much more. We pride ourselves on getting involved and serving our community,” said Thomas Hernquist, CEO of Oberto. “We want all children to be able to live a healthy and active life and we hope our donations to Seattle Children’s hospital will help this endeavor.”
“Regardless of a family’s ability to pay, Seattle Children’s delivers world-class care and is recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the U.S.,” said Bartell Drugs President and CEO Brian Unmacht. “This collaborative fundraising effort focuses on supporting the important healthcare role that Seattle Children’s plays in our region.”
To drive additional awareness, Bartell locations will have major in-store and print promotions as well as advertising.
In early November, executives from both companies will present the donation check to officials from Oberto.
About Bartell Drugs
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future – and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 65 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.
About Oberto Brands
Seattle-based, family owned Oberto Brands is the nation’s leading all-natural jerky snacks company, founded by Constantino Oberto in 1918. The company’s products include Oberto All-Natural, Pacific Gold, Cattleman’s Cut and Oberto Classics. All products are proudly made at Oberto’s HQ facilities in Kent, WA.
Ric Brewer, Senior Communications Manager, Bartell Drugs, 206-933-9416 or firstname.lastname@example.org