Duane Reade's Dreiling to receive Javits award for ALS work

10/23/2007

NEW YORK Duane Reade chairman, president and chief executive officer Rick Dreiling will receive the Jacob K. Javits Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit held here on Wednesday.

Dreiling will receive the award in recognition of his efforts in helping to raise funds and awareness for The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter to support their commitment to finding a cure.

Between April and June, Dreiling and Duane Reade teamed up with the New York Yankees and the New York community to encourage customers to buy $1 paper baseballs at any Duane Reade location. All of the proceeds were donated to the ALSA to enhance patient services and raise money to fund further ALS research.

Each year, the ALSA honors those who have made significant contributions in support of their fight against ALS by presenting them with the Jacob K. Javits Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous recipients have included Leonard and Claire Tow, Alan Griffith, Jeremy Schapp and Michael Goldstein.

“I am honored that The ALSA Greater New York Chapter has chosen me as this year’s recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Lifetime Achievement Award,” stated Dreiling. “One of our dedicated employees whose family has this debilitating disease not only inspired us, but highlighted the need for a call to action to support this noble cause. Duane Reade and I have made it our mission to improve health and wellness for all New Yorkers, and supporting the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter is a significant step in helping us reach our goal. We look forward to continuing to support our employees, the New York community, and the ALS Association in their quest for finding a cure and helping those who are fighting this disease.”

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