On Tuesday November 15, 2011, March of Dimes held an awards luncheon to honor Big 5 Sporting Goods for its tireless efforts to help give every baby a healthy start in life.
The honorees from Big 5 Sporting Goods for Outstanding Leadership were Gary West, Regional Supervisor, and Rick Gridley, Director of Public Affairs. Mr. Gridley attributed Big 5’s success in supporting March of Dimes to its customer supported, company-wide annual fundraising initiative. This fundraising drive is made possible each year by the efforts of employees throughout the Big 5 organization, from corporate employees to store managers to those at the cash register asking for donations. “Our success could not have been achieved without the overwhelming response of our steadfast, loyal customers,” said Mr. Gridley.
Steven G. Miller, CEO of Big 5 Sporting Goods, accepted the company’s Outstanding Achievement award and echoed the sentiment of his colleagues. “The partnership between Big 5 and March of Dimes is a strong one that we hope to continue for many years to come,” said Mr. Miller.
Shannon Pruitt, March of Dimes ambassador mom and Los Angeles Division Board of Directors member, moved the room to tears as she spoke of how the March of Dimes had helped her. “You never really think you will need an organization like March of Dimes, you plan everything perfectly, eat the right foods, do everything by the book but anything can happen,” said Pruitt. “Thank you Big 5 for helping to support March of Dimes’ development of the programs and services that were such a support to me and my family.” Her twins just celebrated their first birthday in October.
About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebookand follow us on Twitter.
About Big 5 Sporting Goods
Big 5 Sporting Goods (NASDAQ: BGFV) is a leading sporting goods retailer in the western United States, operating 406 stores in 12 states. Big 5's full-line product offering includes athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as well as a broad selection of outdoor and athletic equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, snowboarding and roller sports. For more information and a complete list of locations, visit Big 5 Sporting Goods online at www.big5sportinggoods.com.