Friday afternoon, representatives from Village Super Market, Inc., which owns and operates 29 ShopRite stores, invited Autism Speaks to join them in ringing the closing bell at the NASDAQ Stock Market. The bell ceremony spotlights the fourth year of Village Super Market’s support of Autism Speaks. Village Super Market has been a committed partner of Autism Speaks, raising awareness in its ShopRite stores by collecting donations at the register and hosting numerous fundraising events. Last year Village Super Market alone collected over $125,000 during its in-store fundraising campaign. The ceremony marks the symbolic close of the first week of Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks’ awareness and fundraising activities will continue throughout April as its global Light It Up Blue campaign shines a bright light on autism around the world.
More than 40 guests attended a brief presentation by Nico Sumas, vice President and director of operations of Village Super Market and supporter of Autism Speaks and Scott Carpenter, president and CEO of Savor Street Foods and founder of the “Autism Speaks Fall Classic” followed by the ceremony. During the ceremony, images of buildings across the country that turned their lights blue on World Autism Awareness Day along with pictures of Village Super Market’s fundraising events flashed across the NASDAQ Marketsite’s seven-story video tower and marquee screen in the heart of Times Square. Joining Village Super Market and Autism Speaks on at the closing bell were families, friends and advocates for the autism community as well as supporters and employees of Village Super Market.
The bell ringing was broadcast on the NASDAQ Webcam, MarketSite Tower and participating television networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News and others – reaching millions of viewers worldwide. Following the ceremony, photos were taken in front of NASDAQ tower. Visit www.nasdaq.com for photos of the closing bell ceremony.