Chicago, Idina Menzel to headline NACDS Annual


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores released an initial lineup for speakers and entertainment for NACDS Annual Thursday, highlighting big names that will be on hand April 22-25 at the Phoenician in Scottsdale.


Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Chicago will play the event’s Opening Celebration on April 22, and Broadway and “Frozen” star Idina Menzel will perform following the Board of Directors Awards on the event’s final night.


Chicago is known for a plethora of hit songs that led to its 2016 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including “25 Or 6 To 4,” “Saturday in the Park” and “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day.” Menzel rose to stardom with her performance of “Let It Go,” which appeared in the movie “Frozen.” The song later went on to win an Oscar for Best Original Song. She is also known for her Broadway performances in “Wicked,” as well as recently appearing in Lifetime’s remake of “Beaches.”


The NACDS Foundation Luncheon on April 24 will feature as its guest speaker mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau, who also is the ex-wife of late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and mother of current Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Trudeau is the author of four books, including her bestselling title, “Changing My Mind,” which charts her life’s ups and downs, and her latest title, “The Time of Your Life,” which offers women an inspirational and practical approach to creating a healthy, happy, secure and satisfying future. She sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the University of British Columbia Mental Health Institute as a community advocate, and she is the Honorary President of WaterAid, a charitable Canadian non-governmental agency that is dedicated to helping poor communities in developing countries build sustainable water-supply and sanitation services.


NACDS announced Walgreen Co. President Alex Gourlay, H-E-B Chief Merchant and CFO Martin Otto and NACDS President and CEO Steve Anderson will also speak at the event.

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