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Supporting the men and women of our nation’s armed forces has long been a source of pride for Anheuser-Busch, and the company used its annual sales and marketing meeting in Chicago to reinforce that commitment.  Working with Chicago Cares, a non-profit that mobilizes volunteers, close to 500 attendees gathered on Sunday, Nov. 4, to assemble 10,000 care packages for troops serving in Afghanistan. 

“It has become a tradition for us to hold a community service project as part of our annual meetings,” said Margarita Flores, vice president of Community Affairs at Anheuser-Busch.  “Not only is it a team-building opportunity, but a chance to help local communities and individuals in need.  With this particular project, we get to recognize our troops and the sacrifices they make – particularly during the holiday season – and show our appreciation.”

The care packages include snacks, playing cards and personal care items.

“We really enjoyed working with the enthusiastic volunteers from Anheuser-Busch,” said Bridget Altenburg, Executive Director of Chicago Cares.   “It’s inspiring to see a company and its employees take time out of their meetings to help others and make a positive difference.  What a great message to send.”

For more than 150 years, Anheuser-Busch, our employees and family of wholesalers have supported America’s armed forces through numerous programs and philanthropic efforts.  Since 1987, the company and its Foundation have donated nearly $15 million to military charities, including the Folds of Honor Foundation, USO, Fisher House and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. 

 About Chicago Cares

Celebrating 20 years of service, Chicago Cares is a non-profit organization that engages thousands in service to meet Chicago’s critical needs, creating group programs where volunteers learn about issues in their community and play an active role in addressing them. Chicago Cares develops more than 215 original group volunteer projects each month serving children, adults and seniors in need, as well as the environment. Through volunteer service, Chicago Cares enables, educates and inspires people to make Chicago a better community for everyone. Please visit our website at


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