OfficeMax Announces Marquee Sponsorship of 2012 Human Rights Campaign Chicago Gala Dinner and Auction

Oct 19, 2012, 08:00 ET from OfficeMax Incorporated

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- OfficeMax® Incorporated (NYSE: OMX), a leader in office and facility supplies, technology and services, today announced its marquee sponsorship of the 2012 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Chicago Gala Dinner & Auction.

The 2012 HRC Chicago Gala will take place October 20th at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park. Themed "Make Equality Count!," the event will offer guests the opportunity to dance, dine and vie for silent auction prizes.

"OfficeMax promotes an inclusive culture that embraces the diversity of our associates, business partners and customers," said Carolynn Brooks, vice president, chief diversity officer at OfficeMax. "The Human Rights Campaign's mission is a reflection of our corporate culture of acceptance and equality. We are proud to support an organization that has such a positive impact within our Chicagoland community."

OfficeMax has a strong presence in the Chicagoland area, serving local businesses and consumers through an integrated sales and customer service team, and more than 40 stores and two distribution facilities in the immediate region. OfficeMax multi-national headquarters are also located in Naperville. The company is dedicated to the growth and improvement of Chicago, and is involved in the community through various activities including the recent sponsorship of the annual OfficeMax Green Tie Ball in conjunction with Chicago Gateway Green, as well as being the title sponsor of the upcoming Hockey City Classic in February 2013.

Diversity and Inclusion is a critical strategic initiative for OfficeMax. Its highly successful Associate Resource Groups (ARG) program helps the company establish and strengthen strategic relationships internally and throughout the community. The nine ARGs such as the LGBT & Friends Leadership Council broaden associate understanding and an appreciation of diverse experiences and perspectives, and help to identify workplace barriers.

Recently, OfficeMax received high marks on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, which provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers. The company was also ranked within the top 50 organizations in America for Multicultural Business Opportunities and was named one of the 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies. Additionally, it is the only company in the office supply industry to receive Ethics Inside® Certification by the Ethisphere Institute.

This year's three-part Human Rights Campaign Chicago Gala Dinner & Auction will begin registration at 4:30 p.m., with the VIP Reception beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the general reception following at 6 p.m. For more information about the event or to buy your ticket, click here.

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About Human Rights Campaign The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

About OfficeMax OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leader in integrating products, solutions and services for the workplace, whether for business or at home.  The OfficeMax mission is simple: We provide workplace innovation that enables our customers to work better.  The company provides office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and consumers.  OfficeMax consumers and business customers are served by approximately 29,000 associates through; and; more than 900 stores in the U.S. and Mexico; and direct sales and catalogs. OfficeMax has been named one of the 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies, and is the only company in the office supply industry to receive Ethics Inside® Certification by the Ethisphere Institute.  To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX.  For more information, visit

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