Vermillion Hy-Vee kicks off ambitious JDRF campaign

Vermillion Hy-Vee kicks off ambitious JDRF campaign
Hy-Vee Inc. kicks off its annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) fundraising campaign this October to help find a cure for diabetes.

Last year, Hy-Vee raised over $1,034 million for their annual campaign to cure diabetes. The company hoped to raise even more money this year.

"We are proud to continue our part in the search for a cure for juvenile diabetes ��a disease that affects millions of America's youth," said Ron Avery, Hy-Vee store manager. "The Vermillion community has been instrumental in meeting or exceeding the goals of our previous campaign efforts, and we hope they will make this year's event even more successful."

For the next eight weeks, Hy-Vee stores across the nation will ask customers to help raise money to continue juvenile diabetes research. Most of Hy-Vee's past contributors donates $1 and enjoyed seeing their names displayed in stores.

Hy-Vee has supported JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes, one of the organization's largest fundraising events, since 1998. In the last decade, Hy-Vee has organized walk teams, raffles, wine tastings, auctions and other fundraisers to raise funds for diabetes research.

"We are immensely appreciative of Hy-Vee's participation," said Mary Hunter, executive director for the Greater Iowa JDRF Chapter. "The enthusiastic commitment of Hy-Vee enables us to fund cutting-edge research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications."

With Hy-Vee's help, JDRF anticipates raising over $96 million this year through 180 Walks to Cure Diabetes that will take place around the globe.

JDRF, the world's leading nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes research, was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes ��a disease which strikes children suddenly, makes them insulin-dependent for life and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since its inception, JDRF had provided more than $1 billion to diabetes research worldwide. The mission is constant ��to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through continued support of research. For more information, visit the JDRF Web site at, or call 800-533-CURE.

Hy-Vee Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 224 retail stores in seven Midwestern states. For 2005 the company recorded total sales of $4.9 billion, ranking it among the top 20 supermarket chains and the top 35 private companies in the U.S. For more information about Hy-Vee, visit

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