Safeway donates $5 million to cancer research |

Safeway donates $5 million to cancer research

Safeway Inc. announced that its stores raised a record $5.1 million for prostate cancer research during the company’s annual June fundraiser.

Of the $5.1 million raised, a combined $410,000 was donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation by the more than 130 Safeway stores in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico and South Dakota.

“The funds we’ve been able to raise to battle prostate cancer reflect, more than anything, the caring and generosity of our customers,” said Scott Grimmett, Safeway Denver division president. “We truly appreciate their involvement and willingness to donate to such an important cause.”

Safeway also conducted prostate cancer screenings at its pharmacies in June.

“Creating awareness and making screening easy and convenient is important because early detection boosts prostate cancer survival rates,” Grimmett said.

Safeway raises money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation each June, and has raised $17.8 in six years.

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Safeway also contributes to causes such as breast cancer research, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Easter Seals and educational programs.

Xcel announces energy assistance program

Xcel Energy announced last week a program that allows customers to make tax-deductible donations through their monthly utility bills.

Donations will go toward Energy Outreach Colorado. The company will match customers’ donations on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to $1 million.

“We’re pleased to provide our Colorado customers with another way to donate to energy assistance,” said Pat Vincent, president and CEO of Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company. “This program is right in line with our ongoing efforts to provide energy assistance to those in our community who need it most.”

Energy Outreach is an independent, nonprofit organization that raises money to help Colorado’s income-qualified families pay their energy bills.

Customers may now decide on their monthly bill if they’d like to participate, and how much they would like to contribute each month. Customers may cancel their involvement at any time.

The voluntary energy assistance program is being implemented by utilities statewide as a result of the Low-Income Energy Assistance Act signed into law in May 2005 and authorized by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.