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Indianapolis Sam’s Club Donates $20,000 to Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Foundation

BENTONVILLE, ARK., Oct. 25, 2011 – Sam’s Club today announced it is donating $20,000 to the Greater Indianapolis 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.

Sam’s Club Market Sales Manager Andy Gilliland volunteered his time in the Aveda Hair Salon sweeping the floor and handing out drinks. He was able to see how a small business operates day to day.

“The Aveda Salon has been open for five years.  It was good to see how we continue to help their business save money to be more successful,” said Gilliland.

The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Foundation works with area businesses and organizations to focus on education. The Common Goal program helps pay for graduation coaches to mentor students.  The program has seen graduation rates raise from 60 percent to 80 percent over the last three years. 

“The donation from Sam’s Club will help us pay for mentors and graduation coaches,” said Vandana Kapur, chamber of commerce CFO.

Members of the Chamber and the leadership team from Sam’s Club will be on hand Oct. 25 at 8 a.m., for the check presentation at Charles A. Tindley High School, located at 3960 Meadows Drive in Indianapolis.

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.