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14 August 2008
For Immediate Release August 13, 2008
Contact: Melanie Erickson, YMCA, (757) 223-7925
Contact: Amanda Wroten, Ferguson, (757) 969-4175
Ferguson and local nonprofits provide Bright Beginnings
for youth starting school
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Ferguson and the Junior League of Hampton Roads teamed with the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA to provide school supplies to area youth through the YMCA's Bright Beginnings program. The program is a community initiative that provides children in need with the new clothes and school supplies to start the school year with confidence and pride. The YMCA has set a goal this year of helping 750 children and raising $112,500 in support.
"Ferguson associates are passionate about helping the communities in which we live, and we are proud to have been a part of this important project," said John Stegeman, president and chief executive officer of Ferguson. "Every child deserves the opportunity to start school with the tools to succeed, and through the support of our associates we are able to help make that a reality."
Ferguson associates donated 85 glue sticks, 71 boxes of crayons, 70 notebooks, 49 packages of notebook paper, 34 composition notebooks, 25 boxes of colored pencils, 25 boxes of No. 2 pencils, 19 boxes of erasers, 18 scissors, 17 boxes of markers, 14 rulers, six backpacks, one pencil box, one calculator, one school solutions kit, and one Crayola Fun Pack, in addition to monetary donations. "The Junior League takes great pride in supporting the YMCA and ensuring that the Peninsula's children are prepared for school," said Kristin Sgambelluri, member of the Junior League of Hampton Roads and Ferguson associate. "We knew that we could count on the generosity of Ferguson associates to embrace this program."
Headquartered in Newport News, Va., Ferguson is the country's largest wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies; pipes, valves and fittings; heating and cooling equipment; waterworks; mechanical and industrial; bathrooms and appliances; tools and safety equipment; and fire protection products. Ferguson has sales of $11 billion and 22,000 associates in more than 1,400 service centers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.ferguson.com.
Ferguson is part of Wolseley plc, the world's largest specialist trade distributor of plumbing and heating products to professional contractors and a leading supplier of building materials in North America, the UK and Continental Europe. Group revenues for the year ended July 31, 2007, were approximately $31.6 billion. Wolseley has approximately 75,000 employees operating in 27 countries. Wolseley is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: WOS) and is in the FTSE 100 index of listed companies. For more information, visit www.wolseley.com.
Junior League of Hampton Roads, Inc.
The Junior League of Hampton Roads, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information about JLHR and how to join, call 757-873-0281, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.jlhr.org.
Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA
The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving more than 50,000 people each year. We have been building strong kids, strong families and strong communities on the Peninsula and in surrounding communities since 1896. Our mission is "To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all." The YMCA is open to people of all faiths, races, ages, abilities and incomes. The generosity of many businesses and individuals make financial assistance available so everyone who wants to participate may do so.