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Lindsay, Kroger promote Autism awareness

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
NOVI, Mich.  – Customers attending Hockey Fest at the Southgate Kroger on Saturday, April 9 can meet hockey great Ted Lindsay and support autism research. Hockey Fest, held during National Autism Awareness Month, will feature the Hockey Hall of Fame traveling exhibit and interactive games, iincluding a mini hockey rink, foam puck shooting range and a fast shot radar cage.

Ted Lindsay will be present at the Southgate Kroger store between 12-2 p.m. EDT, with Hockey Fest running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eddie Mio (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and John Ogrodnick (2 p.m.-4 p.m.) will also be present. The Southgate Kroger is located at 13333 Eureka Road in Southgate, Mich.

As part of the event, MAGIC 105.1 FM (WMGC) will hold a raffle for tickets to a 2011-12 Red Wings regular-season game, Hockeytown Authentics gift cards, Detroit Zoo tickets, Kroger Gift Cards, Detroit Tigers tickets and more. Guests will rub shoulders with other former Red Wings players and can purchase a family meal deal, with all proceeds from food and raffle sales benefiting The Ted Lindsay Foundation.

Kroger will also collect coin box donations for the Foundation at all Michigan-area stores during April.

“The Ted Lindsay Foundation for Autism has played a significant role in raising money to fund groundbreaking research in the quest to find a cure for autism,” said Rick Going, president of The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “We invite customers to join us for the fun and excitement of Hockey Fest while supporting the Foundation.”

“Autism has reached almost epidemic proportions in our country,” Lindsay said. “Because of the commitment of community partners like Kroger, we are able to reach large audiences to help build awareness of autism and to support studies to discover more about its causes and treatment.”

About the Ted Lindsay Foundation:
The Ted Lindsay Foundation was established in 2001 by Ted Lindsay and John Czarnecki, the father of a nine-year-old boy with autism. Funds are raised through golf outings and other events, as well as through sales of autographed sports memorabilia. Since its inception in 2001, the Ted Lindsay Foundation has raised over $1.5 for research into the cause and cure for autism. For more information about the organization, visit

About Kroger: Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer, employs more than 338,000 associates who serve customers in 2,458 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The Company also operates 786 convenience stores, 361 fine jewelry stores, 1,014 supermarket fuel centers and 40 food processing plants in the U.S. Kroger, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, and local organizations in the communities it serves. For more information about Kroger, please visit

For more information, please contact:
Dale Hollandsworth
Customer Communications
The Kroger Co. of Michigan

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