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Miami Companies Raise Autism Funds and Awareness..

January 2011

IMUSA USA and Sedano’s supermarkets today announced they would continue to work together to generate awareness and raise funds for Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Next month, IMUSA USA and Sedano’s supermarkets will launch a statewide in-store Puzzle Piece Fundraising campaign to benefit autism research.

Last year, the two companies together raised more than $35,500 for Autism Speaks. The successful fundraising program, coordinated by IMUSA USA and executed by Sedano’s, took place in the supermarket chain’s 34 stores throughout South and Central Florida.

“With such excellent support from the community and the support of our great partners in this effort, Sedano’s, we are confident that our second annual fundraiser will be even more successful. Autism affects our community and our customers. IMUSA is a proud sponsor of Autism Speaks and a sponsor of the Miami Walk Now for Autism Speaks. With our network of clients and friends, the IMUSA USA family gains a sense of satisfaction through community efforts that raise awareness, gather funds and advocate on behalf of Autism Speaks,” said Manny Gaunaurd, president of IMUSA USA, the Miami-based cookware company.

Sedano’s stores, in conjunction with IMUSA, will initiate the Puzzle Piece Fundraising campaign from Feb. 2, 2011 through March 2, 2011. Sedano’s customers will be invited to purchase a $1 puzzle piece as a donation to raise awareness and funds for autism research.

“Autism affects one in every 110 children and Sedano’s is honored to help raise awareness of this growing health crisis that touches so many children throughout South Florida. We invite the community to stop by our stores and donate $1 for Autism Speaks,” said Javier Herrán, director of marketing, Sedano’s supermarkets.

Facts About Autism

  • Autism spectrum disorder affects four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis has increased tenfold in the last decade.
  • MIAMI COMPANIES JOIN TO RAISE AUTISM FUNDS AND AWARENESS
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism.
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined.
  • To learn more about autism, please visit Autism Speaks’ website: www.autismspeaks.org.

As the first cookware company to sponsor Autism Speaks, IMUSA USA’s partnership is making a difference through significant monetary contributions to research, by developing gluten-free recipes for autistic children and as an advocate, supporter, and sponsor of local fundraising activities.
Gaunaurd is also a 2011 co-chair of the Miami-Dade Walk Now for Autism Speaks, the organization’s largest fundraiser, held locally on February 27, 2011 at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, FL. All proceeds from the Walk will support Autism Speaks’ work, both locally and nationally.

To join the cause and walk with team IMUSA, please visit www.imusausa.com. It is a fun-filled, family friendly event to fund vital research for autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder.

To find your local Sedano’s store to purchase the $1 puzzle piece, please visit www.sedanos.com.

About IMUSA

IMUSA continues to build on its legacy of growth and innovation by offering hundreds of globally inspired, affordable products in the gadget, cookware, appliances, cleaning, food storage, flatware, cutlery, espresso, and specialty categories. Please visit us at www.imusausa.com.

Source: Sedano’s Press Release 2011

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