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    Aloha Petroleum Helps Hawaii Babies

    Candy sales and an employee walk are in the name of March of Dimes.

    HONOLULU -- Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. is pulling out all the stops to support this year's March for Babies walk for the March of Dimes. The gas and convenience store operator is selling chocolate-covered almonds from the World's Finest Chocolate at all of its 30 Aloha Island Mart convenience stores on Oahu and the Big Island. Proceeds from the candy sales will go to the March of Dimes.

    "Aloha Petroleum is proud to be a part of March for Babies and aid in the quest to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality," said Richard Parry, president and CEO of Aloha Petroleum. "Children are our future and we want them all to come into this world as healthy as they can be."

    Aloha Petroleum employees will also participate in the 2010 Hawaii March for Babies walk on April 24, and employees at the company's corporate office have launched a competition to raise additional funds.

    "Local companies play a vitally important role in the success of March for Babies," said Carmella Hernandez, state director of March of Dimes, Hawaii Chapter. "We appreciate all that Aloha Petroleum is doing to help us improve the health of babies."

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of March for Babies, the biggest and most successful fundraising event for the March of Dimes and the "original" fundraising walk in the country. In Hawaii, the 2009 March for Babies raised more than $560,000 with the help of 3,500 walkers and volunteers statewide. This year's goal for Hawaii's March for Babies is $575,500 and 4,000 walkers.

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