NEW YORK — Nearly $300,000 was raised for orphan care by RetailROI, a retail industry effort to help orphaned and vulnerable children worldwide, at its "Super Saturday" research and education event here.
Super Saturday, held the day before the annual National Retail Federation Annual Conference & Expo this month, brought together approximately 200 C-level retail executives, vendors and retail industry influencers. The event was underwritten by sponsors and free to retailers.
"The impact of RetailROI Super Saturday is literally extending around the world," said Greg Buzek, donor trustee for the Retail Orphan Initiative, and president of IHL Consulting Group, Franklin, Tenn., in a statement. "Retailers, vendors, analysts and others came to NRF early to make a difference this year, and what an amazing difference they made."
The funds are being used, among other purposes, to: Build the first school in Marshall, Liberia, in partnership with Lifesong for Orphans; build a computer lab in Honduras to serve 450 children. ; help build the Joseph School, a school for 350 orphaned children in Haiti; and help complete the Cornerstone Chidren's Home in Southern Sudan, to house 84 children orphaned from war and HIV in a caring environment.