(Photo by Randy M., Cauthron)
There were nice gifts too, but it was Wal-Mart doing the giving, and several local agencies and programs on the receiving end.
"This is a celebration of vision of a man named Sam Walton," Spencer store manager Mike Dendinger told the crowd, pointing out that he took his own money to start the business.
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Respecting the individual, maintaining an open door culture and striving for excellence.
"The stores are set up for the needs of the community," the store manager said.
Dendinger also called the event a "celebration of opportunity." He noted that women comprise 53 percent of the chain's associates, and 70 percent of the company's management force started out as hourly associates.
"Most importantly, this is a celebration of people. Our associates are committed to helping people save money so we can live better," Dendinger said.
He continued, "I've always thought we're the face of Wal-Mart. It's the people that make the corporation."
The store manager noted the value of Wal-Mart's contributions financially and through volunteer efforts, pointing out that $970 million has been donated.
Dendinger presented $500 in gifts, and grants totaling $4,000 to nine different Spencer area entities. He also acknowledged the service of the store's employees who have been providing service for Wal-Mart for more than 10 years.
The short ceremony concluded with Dendinger bringing the community representatives together with store associates to take part in the Wal-Mart cheer, recognizing the personal ownership of the staff and the commitment to the customers.
Wal-Mart 50th Birthday Local Donations
|Spencer High School Football||$100|
|Shooting Stars of Graettinger||$100|
|Spencer Police Department||$100|
|Spencer After Prom||$100|
|Spencer Women of Today||$100|
|Spencer Moose Lodge||$500 grant|
|Goodwill Mission||$500 grant|
|Spencer Family Y||$1,000 grant|
|Spencer Library||$2,000 grant|