Buehler’s raises $46,000 for Heart Association

Buehler’s raises $46,000 for Heart Association

Bueher’s employees Andy Williams, left, Joyce Keener, Jeff O’Dell, Jody Dawson, Mike Davidson, and Wanda Zimmerman present a check to Jenn Fortney, right, of the American Heart Association, for $46,189, raised by the stores through the ‘Life is Why We Give’ campaign.


Once again, Buehler’s Fresh Foods continues to go the extra mile for the communities in which it serves through its commitment to giving back.

The grocery retail chain participated in the ‘Life is Why We Give’ campaign Sept. 19-Oct. 17, asking customers to buy a $1, $5, or $10 heart in support of the American Heart Association of Stark and Wayne counties. Customers were encouraged to write their why on hearts which were posted at each of the stores to raise awareness.

Buehler’s Wooster Milltown Store Manager Andy Williams, Milltown’s Service and Facilities Manager Joyce Keener, Buehler’s Community Relations Manager Gayle Martin, Wooster Towne Market cashier Jeff O’Dell, Wooster Towne Market Store Manager Jody Dawson, Buehler’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mike Davidson, and Milltown cashier Wanda Zimmerman presented a check for $46,189 to Jenn Fortney, Development Director for the American Heart Association.

The funds raised through the Life is Why We Give Campaign helped the American Heart Association reach its $150,000 goal for the Wayne Heart Walk. The AHA is using those funds to gift 200 automatic blood pressure cuffs to our community – as well as the resources to educate our community members on the importance of blood pressure control.

“It has been an honor to partner with the American Heart Association in their battle against heart disease and stroke,” said Davidson. “I am humbled by the efforts of our Buehler’s teammates and the continued generosity of our customers. Our customers and teammates deserve all the credit for this successful program.

“The work we did will save lives in the communities in which we serve.”

“The generosity of the Wayne County community continues to blow us away,” said Fortney. “Thanks to Buehler’s support and the generosity of their customers, the American Heart Association is able to fund research, educate, make changes, and provide lifesaving resources right here in Wayne County. Until the world is free of heart disease and stroke, we’ll be here working to make a healthier life possible for everyone. Thank you to this wonderful community for standing by us in that fight.”

In Stark and Wayne counties alone, heart disease and stroke claim 2,500 lives every year. But in just the last year, the American Heart Association has trained more than 22,000 community members in CPR, reached more than 21,000 people through blood pressure screenings, and funded $22.3 million dollars for research.

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