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Harris Teeter Gives $20,200 to American Heart Association
Donation helps fund Charlotte Metro American Heart Walk

Charlotte, NC - Harris Teeter is proud to help the American Heart Association (AHA) promote health and wellness throughout the Charlotte community with a $20,200 donation to this year's Charlotte Metro American Heart Walk. $11,000 of the donation came from Newman's Own Inc. Paul Newman donates money annually to charities with profits made through the sale of Newman's Own products in Harris Teeter stores.

Scheduled for September 13, 2003, the American Heart Walk is designed to heighten awareness for the nation's number one killer, heart disease. Harris Teeter is proud to partner with the American Heart Association. Last year, the American Heart Walk brought over 3,500 walkers from more then 50 corporations. "As a heart patient myself, I know first hand the benefits the AHA can provide. Its work and services include everything from scientific advancements to education and emotional support," said John Rohr, Regional Vice President for Harris Teeter. "We hope Harris Teeter's involvement will encourage our friends and families to take their own steps towards a healthier lifestyle," added Rohr.

The American Heart Association is a national leader in heart health education and research. The Charlotte Metro American Heart Walk will help bring the focus of heart health to our community. "Teaming up with Harris Teeter will help us emphasize exercise programs and healthier food choices that will help everyone take better care of their health and their heart," said Audrey Rudisill, Vice President of Corporate Relations.

Thousands of people will walk across the nation to raise money for research and education efforts. 4,000+ walkers and over 60 local companies are expected to line the streets of Charlotte. "I'll be one of the ones wearing a red cap," notes Rohr. "Survivors wear a red cap during the walk to signify those who survived and walk so that others may be encouraged to do so as well," he added.

If you or your organization would like more information about how to get involved with this year's American Heart Walk, please call Lauri Gooding or Kellie Kirk at 704.374.0632.

Harris Teeter, Inc. with headquarters in Matthews, NC, is a subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK). Harris Teeter is the 39th largest supermarket in the United States with 2002 sales of $2.35 billion. The grocery store chain employs over 14,000 associates and has 141 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida.