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Hannaford Supermarkets: Presenting Sponsor of the Children's Auction for the Fifth Year in a Row


Hannaford in Bristol Store Manager Larry Poliquin, far right, presents representatives from the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction with a sponsorship check for the 2024 Auction. Back row, Chris O’Leary as the Grinch, Kellina Fantozzi, Karen Simula, Tricia Marcella, Santa, and Larry Poliquin; Front row, Melissa Dutile, Joe Gentile. (Photo by Jaron Jenkins)


Hannaford Supermarkets will serve as presenting sponsor of the The Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction for the fifth consecutive year.


“We are so grateful for over two decades of support from Hannaford, which has offered funds, items to auction, employee volunteers and five generous years as presenting sponsor,” said Jennifer Kelley, executive director of the Children’s Auction. “As the store’s motto says, ‘Hannaford is greater than groceries.’ They are all about the community and support us in so many ways.”


Larry Poliquin, store manager in Bristol, is a longtime auction volunteer who has been heading up staff teams to assist the organization for roughly 25 years, as long as he has been a Hannaford store manager. He is also theVice Chair of the board and a member of the Distribution Committee, which makes recommendations on how auction funds are dispersed.


“Hannaford is about giving back,” Poliquin said. “We want to support the communities where we have a presence—and the whole Lakes Region in general—so we are happy to partner with and bolster the Children’s Auction, and other great organizations like it, to continue impacting the region in our primary focus areas: hunger relief, health and wellness, and child development and families.”


Hannaford Supermarkets operates 186 stores in the Northeast, most with full-service pharmacies. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All are committed to offering great fresh food, convenient experiences and everyday low prices. Hannaford also is an active and committed community partner—focusing on fighting hunger, supporting youth development, and helping people live healthier lives. Hannaford is an industry leader in sustainability with a strong commitment to reducing waste and protecting the environment. Hannaford diverts or donates all food at risk of going to waste—sending no food to landfills. In 2022, Hannaford donated 25 million pounds of food to hunger relief organizations and prevented 65 million pounds of food waste from reaching landfills. Hannaford employs nearly 30,000 associates and is based in Scarborough, Maine. Additional information can be found at Hannaford.com.


Read the full press release in the Laconia Daily Sun

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