SOURCE: Alderwoods Group

June 30, 2005 12:02 ET

Alderwoods Group to Present Donation to Veterans Foundation of Illinois

"We All Need to Pitch in and Support Our Local War Heroes"

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 30, 2005 -- On Tuesday, July 5, 2005, Alderwoods Group, Inc. will hold a ceremony to present a donation of $13,000 to the Veterans Foundation of Illinois, in support of veterans in the greater Chicago area. The ceremony will take place at 11:00 AM at Mount Auburn Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4101 South Oak Park Avenue, Stickney, IL. Several prominent local politicians and VFW officers will be in attendance and available for comment.

Twenty-eight Alderwoods Group funeral homes and cemeteries in Illinois participated in a campaign to raise money for veterans during the Memorial Day weekend on May 27 - 30, 2005. Each location offered visitors silk roses embossed with the words "Serving those who have proudly served" for sale at a cost of $5.00 each.

All gross proceeds from the sale of the roses are going to the Veterans Foundation of Illinois, a not-for-profit organization created by the Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Veterans Foundation of Illinois partners with corporations, other foundations and private citizens to assist the state in reaching out to and helping the nearly one million veterans who live in Illinois.

"At a time when disabled veterans in Illinois are receiving the lowest disability payments in the nation, we feel a responsibility to help veterans collect their earned benefits as quickly as possible," said James Straub, Alderwoods Group's Regional General Manager for Illinois. "We all need to pitch in and support our local war heroes."

"We sincerely appreciate the efforts of Alderwoods Group's funeral homes and cemeteries in the greater Chicago area," said Terry Vance, Executive Director, Veterans Foundation of Illinois. "The community can make a real difference to the lives of veterans and their families by contributing to campaigns such as this one. We will use this donation to help veterans' claims get processed quickly."

The Illinois funeral homes and cemeteries are members of Alderwoods Group, the second largest operator of funeral homes and cemeteries in North America based upon total revenue and number of locations. Alderwoods' people take great care to exemplify the Company's values of integrity, teamwork, communication, compassion and creativity. Through the shared values and actions of its people, Alderwoods is committed to delivering the highest standards of family care and to being a leader in the communities where it operates. For more information, visit

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    Meline Beach
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