18.11.2003: Meldung: Wild Oats Markets, Inc.: Donation to Foothills Park and Recreation District Community Garden

Wild Oats Southwest Denver Announces 5% of Sales on Monday, Nov. 24 Will Be Donated to Foothills Park and Recreation District Community Garden
Monday November 17, 7:15 pm ET

LITTLETON, Colo., Nov. 17 / The new Wild Oats Natural Marketplace store in Southwest Denver today announced that 5% of its sales on Monday, Nov. 24 will be donated to the Foothills Park and Recreation District"s Ridge Recreation Center Community Garden Program.This is the first of the new store"s four annual 5% Days, which were established to give something back to local communities by donating proceeds to nonprofit organizations that have small budgets and big hearts.
"Wild Oats is always very active in our local communities, and we feel this is a great way to give back to Southwest Denver and to local nonprofit organizations that really need our support," said Peter Waldmann, store director for the Southwest Denver Wild Oats store. "The Foothills Park and Recreation District is an incredible nonprofit organization that provides a valuable service to our community by offering educational and fun programs to families in our area. We hope that our customers will make a point to come into our store on Nov. 17 so that we can donate a sizeable amount to this charity on our new store"s first 5% Day."

On Monday, Nov. 24, the Foothills Park and Recreation District"s Ridge Recreation Center Community Garden will receive a donation that equals 5 percent of the store"s total sales for that day. The store"s next 5% Day will be held in February of 2004. Groups that are selected for donations are consistent with the Company"s mission of promoting health and well-being, and typically include hunger relief organizations, environmental groups, educational foundations, animal rescue organizations, and nonprofits that provide support for underprivileged or terminally ill individuals.
Every Wild Oats Natural Marketplace sponsors four local 5% Days every year to benefit local charitable organizations. In 2002, the Company donated more than $1.2 million through these and other charitable giving programs. Nonprofit groups can apply for 5% Days and other charitable giving opportunities at donation stations in the stores. The Company also supports local charitable organizations through food donations, benefit events and its Wooden Nickel program, which allows customers who bring their own shopping bag to the store to make a 5 cent donation to one of several local charities in lieu of receiving a nickel refund.

About Foothills Park & Recreation District
Foothills Park & Recreation District, founded in 1959, generally serves Hampden south to C470, and Sheridan west to the hogback. The District currently operates The Ridge Recreation Center, The Edge Ice Arena, Lilley Gulch Recreation Center, The Peak Community and Wellness Center, four outdoor swimming pools, Clement Skate Park, two golf courses, four regional parks and 41 neighborhood/community parks. Additional information can be found at www.ifoothills.org .

About Wild Oats Markets, Inc.
Wild Oats Markets, Inc. is a nationwide chain of natural and organic food markets in the U.S. and Canada. With annual sales of nearly $900 million, the Company currently operates 101 stores in 25 states and British Columbia. The Company"s natural food stores include Wild Oats Markets, Henry"s Marketplace, Sun Harvest and Capers Community Markets. For more information, please visit the Company"s website at www.wildoats.com .

Source: Wild Oats Markets, Inc.
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