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Walgreens to receive awards at A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Mon, Mar 8, 2010, 09:42 am

Announcements at Sponsor Party Reveal Walgreens to Receive Awards Honoring Partnership with Special Care & Career Services’ Work Readiness Program
Awards to be presented at A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters
hosted by Alliance Data on Monday, March 8th


(February 23, 2010) The sponsor party for A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters hosted by Alliance Data benefiting Special Care & Career Services (SCCS) was graciously hosted by Gail and Dan Cook in their Highland Park home recently.
          Cathy Packard, CEO, SCCS and event co-chairs, Elizabeth and Eric Gambrell, welcomed the crowd, including Ebby Halliday, Honorary Chair and
Sharon Herrin, President, Board of Trustees, SCCS.
          Packard announced
Walgreens corporate local and national have been chosen to receive two awards from Special Care Career Services (SCCS) in 2010 for their outstanding support in advancing the opportunities for people with disabilities to find employment that will provide them real opportunities to be self-sufficient.
"We are so excited to announce the Milton P. Levy Jr. Award recipient is Randy Lewis, Senior Vice President Supply Chain and Logistics for Walgreens corporate and the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award will go to Walgreens’ leadership team at the Distribution Center in Waxahachie,” she said. “Randy is an example of one man making a difference for many by implementing Walgreens' corporate-wide initiative to hire 100 people with developmental disabilities at their distribution centers.  In working with Scott Tisdall and his team at Walgreens Distribution Center in Waxahachie on this initiative, they have shown us that the spirit of this initiative is corporate-wide. The Work Readiness program includes groundbreaking training that includes occupational therapists to improve ability for hires with disabilities to perform in a 40 hour/week job.  And now, they are expanding to retail training from warehouse jobs.

          It was exciting to hear Randy speak about Walgreens’ commitment to Special Care & Career Services’ programs.
      “So far out of the 10,000 who work in our distribution centers across the U.S., 750 have disabilities (vs goal of 1,000 by end of 2010). We’ll set a goal of 3,000 by 2015. All earn the same pay, perform same jobs, are held to same standards and work side-by-side with those without disabilities – a completely inclusive workplace. In our Waxahachie center almost 10% of our 700 employees have disabilities.
         “We’ve just initiated a pilot in the Dallas-Fort Worth market to train and hire people with disabilities in our stores, too. This is only in the initial stages but we selected the DFW area because of the Texas can-do attitude amongst our 200 area stores. Once we get it right in DFW, we’ll move it out to our remaining 7,000 stores across the country. A big idea and big goal for sure. But that’s what Texas has always thrived on
         Also representing Walgreens were executives from the corporate offices, Scott Lemon, Inbound/Outbound Manager and Scott Tisdall, Area Director, both from the Walgreens Waxahachie distribution center.  Dana Beckman, Alyson Evans, Karen Wald and Shelley Whiddon were there representing Alliance Data, host sponsor of A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters. KLUV 98.7 FM is presenting sponsor.
Since 2002 Special Care & Career Services has named an individual as the Milton P. Levy, Jr. Award recipient. This award is presented to someone who has shown leadership in the community in support of SCCS’s mission to build independence for children and adults with disabilities.
SCCS created the Alliance Data Corporate Champion Award in 2008 to recognize Alliance Data’s years of outstanding multi-dimensional support, for their generous financial support as well as their long-time commitment to SCCS through volunteer hours and employment of our Supported Employment clients.
          Both awards will be presented at A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters hosted by Alliance Data on Monday, March 8, 2010.

About A Special Evening with the Pointer Sisters and SCCS:
          This is the
9th annual fundraising event benefiting Special Care & Career Services.  In addition to raising community awareness about the agency, the event will raise proceeds to assist Special Care & Career Services in continuing its 46‑year mission to build independence for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

          Over the past eight years A Special Evening has raised more than $1.8 million and allowed us to continually expand our programs. Our programs are setting new growth records every year and we continue to gain state and national recognition for our innovative programming and training. The proceeds from A Special Evening directly benefit Special Care & Career Service’s Supported Employment Services (SES) and Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) programs.  SES helps capable people with cognitive disabilities (such as Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Autism, and others) train for, find and keep good jobs.  Our ECI program provides teams of specialists to work with babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays to give them a greater chance for success in school.  A new program, Child Care ChampionsTM was launched in Fall 2009.  This is a collaborative program designed to fill a gap in childcare training.  This program will improve the quality of child care across Dallas County by teaching child care workers how to identify and effectively interact with babies and toddlers with both typical and atypical development.

          For more information, please visit the website at


Alliance Data:           Alliance Data (NYSE: ADS) is a leading provider of transaction services, credit services and marketing services, managing over 105 million consumer relationships for some of North America's most recognizable companies. Alliance Data creates and manages customized solutions that change consumer behavior and that enable its clients to build stronger, mutually beneficial relationships with their customers.    

                   The company is an active corporate citizen through its "Neighbor of Choice" Program and is committed to initiatives that support education, health and welfare and civic enrichment.  For more information about the company, visit its web site,                          


Walgreens ( is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2009 sales of $63 billion. The company operates 7,105 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most convenient access to consumer goods and services and cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services in America through its retail drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division and Walgreens Health and Wellness division. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and SeniorMed LLC (a pharmacy provider to long-term care facilities). Walgreens Health and Wellness division includes Take Care Health Systems, the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

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