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8/7/2003
Harris Teeter Helps Jerry's Kids Enjoy Summer Camp

Harris Teeter presents check for $73,676 to MDA at Camp Bethelwoods, York, SC.

Charlotte, NC -- Everyone has fond memories of summer camp, days filled with fun and laughter. Tire swings, arts and crafts, swimming, and perhaps even meeting your best friend for life.

Since 1955, MDA has been sending children with neurological diseases to their very own summer camp. MDA Camp allows children with Muscular Dystrophy the chance to "just be a kid."

Today, John Rohr, Regional Vice President for Harris Teeter presented a check for $73,676 to Jerry's Kids to keep making memories for children throughout our area. $62,676 came from our annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign. Harris Teeter stores sold green shamrocks for $1 and gold shamrocks for $5. An additional $11,000 was donated by Newman's Own, Inc. to bring
our total donation up to $73,676.

"It takes me back to spend the day with the kids here at MDA Camp," notes Rohr. "It's good to see them forget about their sickness, even if it's just for a little while, and revel in the simple joys of being a kid."

$525 sends one child to camp. Funds raised will also help provide health services free of charge to local families including; assistance with purchase of medical equipment, wheelchairs, leg braces, communication devices, clinical visits, and diagnostic testing.

"We are grateful for our partnership with Harris Teeter. Together we continue to provide hope and healthcare services to local families," said Chris Kirchner, MDA Regional Coordinator. "You can follow a day in the life of the children at MDA Camp and catch Harris Teeter's presentation on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon airing August 31 - September 1," added Kirchner.

Harris Teeter and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) have been partners in helping local families fight against neuromuscular diseases for over 7 years. Funds raised by Harris Teeter in the annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign and through corporate donations have totaled over $320,000 to date.