Walgreens is stating their sponsorship allows them “to have a presence at the official site of the games and set up portable pharmacies, from which well distribute HIV information and have pharmacists available for counseling.”
Many of you have told us you see right through their “canned response.” You know Walgreens’ is using HIV/AIDS education as a cover for their strong financial commitment to the gay games themselves.
Ironically, the company’s Web site states Walgreens’ charitable funds will not be used to support “sports teams or any sports-related activity or competition.”
Walgreens seemed to be caught off-guard when confronted about the policy by a news reporter. After hesitating to answer, the spokesman said he’d refer the question elsewhere for clarification.
He later said the contribution does not violate Walgreens established policy since the funding is for HIV/AIDS outreach and education, not for any specific sporting event. This despite the fact that they gave the money specifically to the Gay Games, which is a sporting event!
Ultimately, Walgreens top “Premium Level” donation helps the Gay Games Committee pay for the organization and promotional efforts for sports-related activities and competitions. The committee also uses sponsor dollars to promote other activities such as “Party Events” and “Clubs/Bars Events” which are posted on the gay games website.
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