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09/07

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Springfield Sam’s Club Donates $10,000 to Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Foundation

BENTONVILLE, ARK., Sept. 7, 2011– Sam’s Club today announced it is donating $10,000 to the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Foundation as the result of a campaign held during National Small Business Week. The national campaign resulted in 11 local donations across the U.S., which were determined by the number of volunteer hours logged by club managers working in small businesses in their communities.

Springfield Club Manager Ralph Irons volunteered at the Country Market.  He said he was impressed with how the Country Market catered to the community. “They are taking care of their customers and are out in the store greeting them,” said Irons.

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Foundation provides funds for education, diversity and workforce development.  The Sam’s Club donation will help fund nursing scholarships to allow students to receive their certified nursing assistant designation. 

“We are extremely excited and grateful for the Sam’s Club gift and will use it to help reduce the nursing shortage in Central Illinois,” said Erich J. Bloxdorf, executive vice president of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.  “Sam’s Club shows once again what a great community partner they are.”

Members of the chamber and the leadership team from Sam’s Club will be on hand Sept. 7 at 9 a.m., for the check presentation at the Sam’s Club located at 2300 White Oaks Drive, in Springfield.

About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products and services to more than 47 million members in clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. Members save an average of 30 percent over traditional retailers. To learn more about Savings Made SimpleSM, visit SamsClub.com, and look for Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.

Sam’s Club Giving
Sam’s Club supports community-based programs that empower young people, families and small businesses to make smart choices that lead to healthy and bright futures. During the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31, 2011, on behalf of Sam’s Club, the Walmart Foundation gave more than $89 million in cash and in-kind gifts to support local U.S. organizations focusing on education, health and children’s programs. To learn more, visit http://www.samsclub.com/giving.