Advantage Sales and Marketing co-sponsors “Will Golf 4 Kids” Fundraiser

9/25/2009

BENTONVILLE, Ark., — Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM) recently teamed up with Walmart,  Mars, Inc., and Kimberly-Clark to co-sponsor the second annual Color of Hope Gala and 16th annual Will Golf 4 Kids charity events to benefit Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH).

"The turn-out alone to the Color of Hope Gala was phenomenal," said Kevin Kraning, ASM National Customer Team Leader. "By that measure alone, the event was a huge success and the show of support for the Arkansas Children's Hospital was a true inspiration."

With more than 920 guests — including Chris Olivier, ASM's President of Sales; Paul Veliquette, Division Vice President; ASM's Bentonville-based team and several ASM client partners — raising more than $235,000, the Color of Hope Gala was a tremendous success. The Will Golf 4 Kids charity golf tournament had more than 1,000 participants.

"The event was an enormous success because of the ongoing commitment and dedication of our sponsors," said Jonathan Bates, M.D., ACH President and CEO. "ASM plays a vital role in our mission to provide Care, Love and Hope to the Children of Arkansas."

Arkansas Children's Hospital's mission is to enhance, sustain and restore health and development of children by providing cutting-edge clinical services, teaching and research. ACH is committed to working with others to achieve high quality, cost-effective, fully accessible services for Arkansas's children, without regard to race, religion or inability to pay.

"It truly was a team effort that made this event possible," said Veliquette. "The Color of Hope and Will Golf 4 Kids charity events were outstanding and we are proud to work for and sponsor such a worthwhile cause."

"ASM's involvement with the success of our charity events is truly amazing," added Bates. "From their sponsoring commitment, to their outstanding work at our silent auction, to the countless volunteer hours their team put in– it was a strong demonstration for Northwest Arkansas of how corporate philanthropy is done right."

Steve Collins, Mars Vice President, Walmart Global Sales, added, "Thank you to ASM for its participation, support and leadership in this year's event. ASM played a critical role in this year's success everything from the co-presenting sponsorship, vendor silent auction leadership, Color of Hope set-up volunteers, Color of Hope committee participation and host couple. I've been associated with ASM for more than 15 years, and I have always admired its leadership, people and partnership. I am proud to have ASM join this worthy cause as it reflects the culture of the company and what it represents."

About Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC
Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM) is a premier consumer packaged goods sales and marketing agency, committed to building brand value for our clients and customers. ASM's cradle-to-cart—post-manufacture to consumption—customized sales and marketing solutions include headquarter sales, retail merchandising and marketing services, specializing in client and customer events, publications and assisted-selling services for the grocery, drugstore, club, convenience, natural/specialty, consumer electronic and home center industries. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., ASM has 66 offices in the United States and Canada