NEW YORK — Mass retailers made their annual trip to Manhattan again this week for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ fund-raising dinner.

This year’s event, held at the Sheraton New York, raised $1.7 million and will be used to fund a range of charitable, education and research programs. During the past year, NACDS has contributed to groups such as America’s Promise, Boy Scouts of American, Boys and Girls Clubs, the National Breast Cancer Coalition and the Parkinson’s Action Network.

The donations, said Mary Sammons, Rite Aid’s chief executive and NACDS chairman, “is making a real difference in the lives of America’s youth and for the many people living daily with diseases that benefit from pharmacy care.”

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