Press Release

BJ's Charitable Foundation Announces Q4 Donation of More Than $500,000 to Programs That Benefit Children and Families

March 27, 2008 7:25 AM EDT

NATICK, Mass., March 27, 2008 -- Recently, BJ's Charitable Foundation(SM), as part of their quarterly giving schedule, presented 48 grants totaling $511,000 to non-profit organizations located in the areas BJ's Wholesale Club operates. The recipients support the Foundation's mission of promoting the safety, security and well-being of children and families, supporting education and health programs, providing community service opportunities, and aiding in hunger and disaster relief.

"BJ's Charitable Foundation(SM) takes great pride in supporting non-profit organizations that share our focus of creating a positive, long-lasting impact for children and families in every community BJ's serves," said Paul Bass, president of BJ's Charitable Foundation. "Year after year, we work to help more community programs to enrich the lives of those in need."

Recent grant recipients include:

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY received $35,000 to support their Breast Disease Management Team for research and treatment.
  • The Center for Hope and New Beginnings in Suffolk, VA, was awarded $5,000 to purchase food for families in their shelter and food baskets for distribution to the community.
  • The Domestic Violence Project, Inc., in Canton, OH, received $10,000 for their counseling, violence prevention and education services.

In addition, below is a list by state of the other 45 organizations that received grants through BJ's Charitable Foundation(SM) in Q4:

Connecticut

Connecticut Food Bank (New Haven) - $10,000 The Diaper Bank (New Haven) - $10,000 The American School for the Deaf (West Hartford) - $10,000

Delaware

Practice Without Pressure, Inc. (New Castle) - $5,000 Latin American Community Center (Wilmington) - $2,500

Florida

B.A.S.E. Camp Children's Cancer Foundation (Winter Park) - $6,000 Christians Reaching Out to Society, Inc. (West Palm Beach) - $5,000 La Liga Contra El Cancer (Miami) - $35,000 New Life Family Center (Miami) - $5,000 Orlando Regional Healthcare on behalf of The Howard Philips Center for Children and Families (Orlando) - $10,000 Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc. (Fort Lauderdale) - $5,000

Georgia

Community Welcome House (Newnan) - $5,000 Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale (Conyers) - $5,000 Tiny Stitches (Suwanee) - $2,000 Wesley Community Centers (Atlanta) - $7,500 Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University (Atlanta) - $35,000

Massachusetts

Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro West's Hollis Street Clubhouse (Framingham) - $7,500 Crispus Attucks Children's Center (Dorchester) - $7,500 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston) - $100,000 Everybody Wins! Metro Boston (Boston) - $5,000 Julie's Family Learning Program, Inc. (Boston) - $5,000 Lower Cape Outreach Council (Orleans) - $5,000 Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. (Boston) - $5,000 Mission of Deeds, Inc. (Reading) - $7,500 Pine Street Inn (Boston) - $12,500 The B.R.I.D.G.E. Program (Lowell) - $1,000 The Junior League of Worcester (Worcester) - $5,000

Maine

Sisters of Charity Health System (Auburn) - $5,000

Maryland

Law Enforcement Families Association, Inc. (Abingdon) - $2,000

New Jersey

Camden Eye Center (Camden) - $2,500 The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (New Brunswick) - $35,000

New York

Franklin Community Center, Inc. (Saratoga Springs) - $5,000 Groundwork, Inc. (Brooklyn) - $5,000 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York) - $35,000 Muscular Dystrophy Association, Syracuse District (Syracuse) - $5,000 St. Catherine's Center for Children (Albany) - $5,000 The Schenectady Inner City Ministry (Schenectady) - $5,000

North Carolina

Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center (Durham) - $35,000 Muscular Dystrophy Association, Charlotte District (Charlotte) - $5,000

Ohio

Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (Canton) - $10,000 Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark & Carroll Counties (Canton) - $5,000 Rainbow Injury Prevention Center (Cleveland) - $5,500

Pennsylvania

Crispus Attucks Association, Inc. (York) - $5,000 Philadelphia Society for Services to Children (Philadelphia) - $5,000 The Career Wardrobe (Philadelphia) - $5,000

Rhode Island

Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County (Wakefield) - $2,000

Virginia

Center for Hope and New Beginnings (Suffolk) - $5,000 Seton Youth Shelters (Virginia Beach) - $5,000

For a detailed description about the grants awarded, please visit http://www.bjs.com/about/press.shtml .

About BJ's Charitable Foundation

Established in 2004, the goal of BJ's Charitable Foundation is to create a positive, long-lasting impact on the communities served by BJ's Wholesale Club. The Foundation's mission is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. The majority of giving focuses on organizations that promote the safety, security and well-being of children and families, support education and health programs, promote community service opportunities, and aid in hunger and disaster relief. Since its first grant in 2005, BJ's Charitable Foundation has allocated funds on a quarterly basis, giving more than $5,250,000 to over 500 deserving organizations in the 16 states BJ's Clubs are located. In 2007, BJ's Charitable Foundation presented 204 grants totaling more than $1,690,000. For more information about BJ's Charitable Foundation and eligibility and application procedures, please visit, www.bjs.com/charity .

About BJ's Wholesale Club

BJ's Wholesale Club is dedicated to providing its members with high- quality, brand name merchandise at prices that are significantly lower than the prices found at supermarkets, supercenters, department stores, drug stores and specialty retail stores. BJ's offers low BJ's Member Pricing on a huge selection of top-brand apparel and accessories, small appliances, consumer electronics, fine jewelry, groceries and other quality merchandise.

Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. The Company currently operates 177

 

SOURCE: BJ's Charitable Foundation

CONTACT: Maria Fruci of BJ's Charitable Foundation, +1-508-651-8694,
mfruci@bjs.com