PITTSBURGH, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- GNC is partnering with the Western Pennsylvania Committee of the Wounded Warrior Project to hold its fourth annual golf outing Monday, September 21, at the Diamond Run Golf Club in Sewickley, Pa. to raise public awareness and funding for severely wounded servicemen and women.
GNC is committed to providing the highest quality nutrition products to support healthy lifestyles, especially for soldiers who have bravely served our country and continue the mission of helping others to live longer, happier, healthier lives.
Customers can join GNC in supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. For a $350 donation, you can sponsor a "Warrior," giving him or her an opportunity to enjoy a day on the golf course. Other sponsorships are available as well, and all proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. All donations can be sent to the Western Pennsylvania Friends of the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 11722, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 (checks can be made payable to the Wounded Warrior Project).
"With 110 GNC stores on military bases, service members have long been good customers," said Tom Dowd, Executive Vice President at the company's Pittsburgh headquarters. "But Living Well also means caring about the health and safety of others. No one embodies this as truly as our wounded servicemen and women, who sacrificed so much to preserve a high quality of life for people everywhere. That's why we're supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, and that's why we're asking our customers to join us!"
The event will also include appearances by Wounded Warrior spokesman Sergeant Jeremy Feldbusch and Staff Sergeant Joseph Gross, Area Outreach Coordinator for Wounded Warriors. Feldbusch, of Blairsville, Pa., was left blind from an injury he suffered while serving in Iraq in 2003. He was also the star of the independent film "Home Front," which captured the poignant story of a wounded soldier returning to civilian life. Gross was serving in Iraq in 2005 when his Humvee was struck by a suicide car bomb. He lost his right leg below the knee and suffered multiple broken bones and burns. Both men are committed to helping other Wounded Warriors and to raising awareness of the challenges they face.
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization, is to raise public awareness and enlist public aid for the needs of severely injured servicemen and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services that meet their needs. For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project and donations, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org. In 2008, GNC helped raise more than $80,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project programs and services.
GNC, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional products including vitamin, mineral, herbal and other specialty supplements and sports nutrition, diet and energy products. As of June 30, 2009, GNC has more than 6,700 locations, of which more than 5,300 retail locations were in the United States (including 936 franchise and 1,756 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 45 international markets. The Company -- which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well -- also offers products and product information online at www.gnc.com.
GNC products are also available throughout the military market. GNC has 110 stores on military bases throughout the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii. Overseas, GNC store locations can be found on bases in Japan, Bahrain and Korea. GNC products are also sold in-line within the commissary system as well as at various Army, Air Force and Marine Exchanges abroad and Navy Ship Stores.