CVS donates $25,000 for Woonsocket Block Party celebration

CVS donates $25,000 for Woonsocket Block Party celebration

WOONSOCKET – CVS Caremark has signed on as a corporate sponsor of the city of Woonsocket’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, donating $25,000 to the fund that will pay for decorations, entertainment and other expenses for the event. The city, founded in 1888, is marking the milestone with a Block Party that will be held on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 29.

CVS has a long history in the city of Woonsocket, breaking ground for its customer support center, located in what’s now known as the Highland Corporate Park, back in 1981. Since then the company has continued to expand its presence in Woonsocket with a distribution center on Founders Drive and a CVS/pharmacy store on Cass Avenue. In all, about 720 of the company’s colleagues are currently Woonsocket residents. The company is one of Rhode Island’s largest employers, with more than 12,000 employees statewide.

“CVS Caremark is proud to be a part of Woonsocket’s 125th anniversary celebration,” said Eileen Howard Boone, CVS’s senior vice president of corporate communications and community relations. “Over the years we’ve been fortunate to work with amazing non-profit partners in the city, such as Thundermist, the Boys & Girls Club of Woonsocket, the Stadium Theatre, the Museum of Work & Culture, Connecting for Children & Families, and Adopt-a-Family. This sponsorship is just another way that we can show our support for the city that is home to our business and so many of our colleagues.”

The block party will feature a Woonsocket-themed replica of the famed Paris monument, the Arc de Triomphe, as well as a dozen stages for various performing artists and will stretch for a half-mile throughout the city’s historic downtown district.

As part of its participation in the 125th Anniversary Block Party, CVS Caremark hosted a meet and greet with Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine and CVS Caremark colleagues who live in the city. The event was held on Aug. 20, at the customer support center. CVS Caremark colleagues from the company’s retail stores, distribution centers and corporate offices attended the event and were able to meet Fontaine and learn more about the upcoming celebration.

At the event, Fontaine thanked CVS for playing such a large role in bringing the 125th Anniversary Celebration to the city, noting that it was especially fitting in light of the company’s history in Woonsocket.

“CVS Caremark has been a part of the Woonsocket community for decades and, in turn, Woonsocket has become part of CVS Caremark,” said Fontaine. “As so many of our residents are part of the larger CVS Caremark family, we are extremely proud that CVS Caremark calls Woonsocket home. Their participation in next week’s celebration is just one more sign of our close relationship.”