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Annual Stater Bros./Dreyer’s ice cream social held for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital patients

Stater Bros. representatives Jim Lee, George Frahm, Jon Lehman, and Susan Atkinson accept a poster of thanks from Ruben Hurtado
From left: Stater Bros. representatives Jim Lee, George Frahm, Jon Lehman, and Susan Atkinson accept a poster of thanks from Ruben Hurtado (front), an 8-year-old Children’s Hospital patient from Fontana, and Patti C. Pettis (far right), LLUMC executive director of philanthropy.
Children undergoing treatment at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital had a reason to smile and laugh a little more on Friday, June 2, thanks to the Stater Bros. “family” of employees. Stater Bros., in conjunction with Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, held its annual ice cream social for pediatric patients at 1:00 p.m. in room 1830 at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. The theme for this year’s event was “An Enchanted Castle.”

More than 30 Stater Bros. employees volunteered their time to create made-to-order ice cream sundaes for every patient. This is the sixth annual Stater Bros. ice cream social, and throughout the past six years, Stater Bros. employees have made more than 1,200 ice cream sundaes. 

Besides ice cream, each child received a goodie bag filled with reading books, coloring books, crayons, individual toys, and other snacks. The Stater Bros. vendors who have contributed to this fairy tale themed event include Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and Mission Foods, as well as a local Yucaipa company, Celestial Warrior.

Besides all the goodies, storybook princesses were on hand to visit with the children, even treating them to a serenade.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned supermarket chain in California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2005 of $3.4 billion. Stater Bros. also owns and operates Heartland Farms, provider of Knudsen Dairy products to Southern California.

The company currently operates 162 Supermarkets, and there are more than 17,000 members of the Stater Bros. “family” of employees. 

By Preston Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, June 29, 2006