April 20, 2004
Company donates nearly $2 million for environmental projects.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Wendy Sept or Sarah Clark
BENTONVILLE, Ark., April 20, 2004 - From water conservation efforts to recycling initiatives, special projects of all kinds are under way in honor of Earth Day, thanks to the financial support of Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB locations across the country. The company is announcing nearly $2 million in donations to schools and conservation groups on Earth Day, which is Thursday, April 22.
The funds are earmarked specifically for environmental or beautification initiatives to benefit local communities. Each store and club will designate a school or organization in their community to receive a $500 grant, and a company associate will present a check to the group. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Please contact your local store or club for details on grant recipients and environmental/beautification projects planned.)
"We are proud to partner with local schools and organizations that are making a positive impact on our communities," said Betsy Reithemeyer, vice president and director of the Wal- Mart/SAM’S CLUB Foundation. Since 2000, the company has donated more than $8.4 million to environmental efforts.
About Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM’S CLUBS in all fifty states. Internationally, the company operates in Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina and South Korea. The company’s securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. Last year, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., contributed more than $160 million to support communities and local non-profit organizations. Customers and associates raised an additional $70 million at stores and clubs.