WESTBOROUGH, Mass., April 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- BJ's Wholesale Club today announced a two-year, $500,000 grant to Cardinal Cushing Centers, an intergenerational community for people of all ages and abilities based in Hanover, Mass. The grant marks $5 million from the BJ's Charitable Foundation in support of Cardinal Cushing Centers. The grant will help provide opportunities for growth and advancement to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
"BJ's has a long history of giving back to the community and we're proud to celebrate the $5 million milestone with Cardinal Cushing Centers," said Lee Delaney, executive vice president and chief growth officer at BJ's Wholesale Club. "BJ's is committed to helping families and individuals meet essential needs, and we're excited to support Cardinal Cushing Centers in its mission to help people of all ages and abilities find possibility, opportunity and hope."
BJ's grant to Cardinal Cushing Centers recognizes the new BJ's Charity Championship, a marquee stop on The Legends Tour, Official Senior Tour of the LPGA. The BJ's Charity Championship is an expansion of BJ's annual charity golf Pro-Am tournament, which has raised more than $20 million over the years. The funds go to the BJ's Charitable Foundation, which is committed to nourishing communities and helping families thrive.
"We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with BJ's and its commitment to helping individuals of all ages and abilities thrive," said Peter O'Meara, president and CEO of Cardinal Cushing Centers. "Cardinal Cushing Centers continues to pioneer new and better ideas in teaching, transition programs, employment and community living for individuals with special needs, and BJ's grant will be critical in helping us realize this vision."
The BJ's Charity Championship is set for Thursday, September 7 in Plymouth, MA and Friday, September 8 in Sandwich, MA. The event will feature a Pro-Am Tournament on Thursday at Pinehills Golf Course and Plymouth Country Club followed by a Legends Tour team competition on Friday at The Ridge Club. The Legends Tour team event, showcasing the talents of LPGA Hall of Famers and veteran LPGA Tour stars, will be open to the public.
All proceeds from the tournament benefit the BJ's Charitable Foundation, which helps families meet essential needs, such as access to education, wellness and quality food.
Over the years, BJ's has donated more than 50 million pounds of food to help alleviate hunger, invested in more than 2,300 community organizations and helped deliver 13 million meals to neighbors in need. Through its partnership with Feeding America®, the BJ's Charitable Foundation has provided grants to help agencies along the east coast distribute fresh, nutritious food. Additionally, the foundation has positively impacted more than 250,000 students, providing them with classroom supplies necessary for success.
To learn more about the BJ's Charitable Foundation, visit bjs.com/charity.
About BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ's Gas® locations in 15 states.
BJ's provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ's is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers' coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.
BJ's is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.
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