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Merlo named March of Dimes’ ‘Citizen of the Year’

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PROVIDENCE – CVS Caremark Corp. President and CEO Larry Merlo has been named the March of Dimes Rhode Island 2013 “Citizen of the Year” for ongoing support of the March of Dimes mission.

Merlo will be honored at a June 18 reception at the Providence Public Library. The recognition and fundraising event in mid-June will take place as part of the 75th anniversary year of March of Dimes and the 50th anniversary year of CVS.

“It’s an honor to be recognized, and I commend the March of Dimes for the work they are doing to help expectant moms and ensure they have the healthiest babies,” said Merlo in prepared remarks. “Our purpose of helping people on their path to better health aligns with the March of Dimes’ mission, and we couldn’t be more proud of our long-standing partnership to improve health outcomes for children and families in our home state.”

The celebration honoring Merlo will be chaired by Deborah Thomas, the chief financial officer of Hasbro Inc. and 2010 recipient of the March of Dimes Citizen of the Year award.

The event will feature guest speakers, including: Dr. Jennifer Howse, president of the national March of Dimes Foundation and James Roosevelt Jr. CEO of Tufts Health Plan. Roosevelt is the grandson of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who founded the March of Dimes to bring an end to polio 75 years ago.

“The support that CVS Caremark has provided to the March of Dimes for over a dozen years has been vital in helping the organization fulfill its mission of working together for stronger, healthier babies,” Thomas said in a statement. “Through Larry’s leadership and the company’s commitment to being an incredible community partner, the nation’s tiniest human beings are being given a boost for a healthy start in life.”

The March of Dimes Citizen of the Year event begins at 6 p.m. and individual tickets are $125. Corporate and host tables are available. Contact (401) 454-1911 or visit www.marchofdimes.com/rhodeislandm for more information.

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