Fruth Pharmacy Holds Baby Contest to Help Raise Donations for Needy Baby Organizations


Fruth Pharmacy Manager Kevin Archer is pictured with a representative of the Mid-Ohio Valley Gabriel project with items donated by the community of Mineral Wells, WV.




Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (April 19, 2016) – On March 19th, 23 Fruth Pharmacy locations held a baby contest to raise donations for local area charities.  Contest entrants paid a fee of $10 to help make purchases for needed baby items.  A total of 245 babies entered the contest.

Many places needing help for babies and caregivers sent in lists of basic needs: diapers, formula, food, clothes, bottles, baby dishes, and more.  In addition to contest entry fees, community members donated items in collection boxes placed at each Fruth Pharmacy.  An estimated $4,700 was raised with contest entry fees and community donations.

The following organizations were supported by this community event: 2 Hearts Pregnancy Center, A New Beginning Crisis Pregnancy Center, Athens WIC Office, Diaper Program, Belpre Area Ministries, Children’s Home Society of WV & Children’s Shelter, Elizabeth’s Hope – Jackson County, Ohio, Elizabeth’s Hope – Pike County, Ohio, Family Resources Network, God’s Hand at Work, Heartbeat of the Valley – Teays Valley Church of God, Lily’s Place – Huntington, Mason County Baby Pantry, Meigs Cooperative Parish, Nazarene Church in Ripley – Family/Children’s Services, Nitro Mission Team, The Brookside Women & Children’s Center, The Gabriel Project of WV, The Mid-Ohio Valley Gabriel Project, and Women’s Health & Birth Center.

Community members and store employees were asked to submit their children or other young family members for a fun baby contest – where the winning children would be featured in Fruth ads and receive a small photography package donated at a discounted fee to Fruth by Amanda Taylor Photography.  Each store participating had an overall store winner.  Once the store winner was chosen, each manager was to send in a photo to Fruth Pharmacy’s corporate offices for a chance at 1 of 4 photography packages.

Fruth’s location in Ripley, WV had the largest total of contest entrants: 24 babies!  Ripley also held a bake sale the day of the event to increase funds for their chosen organization: Family and Children’s Services of the Nazarene Church in Ripley.  Waverly, Ohio received the most outside contributions by community members for an estimated total of $500.00 of additional items donated to Elizabeth’s Hope.

“Everyone had a great time with the little ones,” Kevin Archer, Manager for Fruth Pharmacy in Mineral Wells, informed corporate about the contest, “when the lady from our chosen organization came to pick up her donations, she cried upon seeing all the items that our community had collected.  The Mid-Ohio Valley Gabriel Project was overwhelmed by all the support.”

“It was extremely difficult for our judges to pick, we had a great group of judges from Winfield – we chose to use community members for our judges – all the babies were cute and they had difficulty narrowing it down to one choice to submit to corporate for a chance at the photography package,” Bob Vogel, Manager of Fruth Pharmacy in Winfield shared.

Out of 23 babies submitted, the following babies were chosen to win Miss or Mister Fruth:  Khaleesi Gardner, daughter of Kansas Gardner, of Oak Hill, OH, Hudson Persinger, son of Shannon Persinger, of Winfield, WV, Brody Kennison, son of Greg Kennison and Connie Nolan, Lucasville, OH, and Duke Burgess, son of Alissa and Shelby Burgess, of Ripley, WV.

Fruth Pharmacy has been a family owned company for over 63 years.  Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 29 stores in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.  Please visit to find a location.

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CDMA: Jack E. Fruth Lifetime Achievement Award


Each year, CDMA awards a number of accolades to outstanding members.

Jack E. Fruth Lifetime Achievement Award:

Judy Aspinall and Lynne Fruth

About Lynne Fruth: Lynne Fruth has served as President of Fruth Pharmacy since 2010.  She joined the company in 2009, following a restructuring of the company after her father’s passing. During Lynne’s tenure as President, Fruth Pharmacy has grown from 25 to 30 stores. She has led the company in new innovations such as retail express care clinics, small format store openings, and partnering with state and local agencies to fight drug abuse.  Lynne committed Fruth Pharmacy to fight against meth production by being the first chain to remove single ingredient pseudoephedrine products from all stores in 2013. Lynne was inducted into the Marshall University Business Hall of Fame in 2012, an honor she shares with her late father, Jack Fruth, who received the same award in 2000.

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Fruth Employees Donate to Local Boys’ Home


Point Pleasant, W.Va. (January 6, 2016) – On Wednesday, December 23, 2015, Fruth Pharmacy hosted Hannah Burke and Joe Murphy of The Children’s Center of Ohio to pick up donations employees had collected for the boys at their center.

Earlier in the month, Fruth Pharmacy corporate employees came to Lynne Fruth, President, and Sandy Keefer, Executive Assistant, and asked if there was an organization they could help for the holiday season.

Sandy Keefer sent out an e-mail for employees to submit ideas of places that could use extra help during the holiday season.  Several ideas were submitted, which were then voted on by the employees at the corporate office.

The Children’s Center of Ohio was voted as the one the employees would try to help this year.

Hannah Burke, Director of the Children’s Center of Ohio, was contacted and asked to submit names of children and their wish lists.

Forty names arrived.  Several at the corporate office were afraid there were too many kids to help.  Sandy Keefer sent out the wish list to all corporate employees and in less than 24 hours, every child had a sponsor for gifts!  Tim Weber, Vice President of Pharmacy, tried to take 5 kids himself!

Mary Harris, Managed Care Administrator and Sandy Atkins, Managed Care Administrator/Government Health Plans/DME Coordinator, decided the boys needed home baked goods for Christmas.  They started a separate project for people to bring in goodies for the boys for Christmas day.  Employees donated candy, homemade cookies, fruit, and snacks.

“I want to thank all the people at Fruth for their donations,” Hanna Burke, Director of the Children’s Center began, “many of these kids have had lives we could never imagine.  All of you working so hard to give them something special for Christmas shows that there are people out in the community that care – that there are good people out there that care and can be trusted.  From the e-mails and phone calls from your staff – we knew you guys were going above and beyond to give these kids a good Christmas.”

Burke went on to share some personal stories of some of the children at the Center.  She brought tears to many eyes.

Employees had already been touched by the wish lists requests.  Many children had simply requested socks, t-shirts, candy, and body wash.

“My daughter helped pick out the gifts for the boy we sponsored.  She was so excited to help! She is now trying to get her Honor Society to assist the group as one of their upcoming projects,” Trinity Deneca, Warehouse, shared.

“Fruth really got into the holiday spirit,” Joe Murphy, Activities Coordinator stated, “I will be taking the boys to the gym for one of their activities and they are going to love having new basketballs.”

To learn more about the Children’s Center of Ohio, please visit their website:  The Children’s Center of Ohio is a treatment and residential center for boys age 8 to 18.  Children arrive at the center through the court system if they have been determined to be neglected, abused, or have committed offenses in which the court has determined they need remedial treatment.  The Children’s Center provides a normalized open home setting.  They emphasize teaching children new behaviors and skills and how to develop healthy relationships.  They also work with children and their families to help create a more productive/responsible home environment.

About Fruth Pharmacy:

Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned pharmacy with 30 locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.  To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit

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Store Closing Updates for Winter Weather: January 23, 2016

Due to the weather and travel conditions the following Fruth locations are closed today, January 23rd, 2016:


Wellston, OH – Level 3
Milton, WV
Pomeroy, OH – Level 3
Nitro, WV
Athens, OH – Level 3
Hurricane, WV
Huntington, WV – Camden Road & Route 60 Locations
Charleston, WV – Both Locations Closed
Waverly, OH – Level 3
Eleanor, WV
Nelsonville, OH – Level 3
Scott Depot, WV
Cross Lanes, WV
FoodFair Location in Pomeroy, OH – Level 3
FoodFair Location in Barboursville, WV

The following locations are currently open, but may have limited hours if weather or road conditions worsen.  We will update our customers and employees as possible.


Point Pleasant, WV
Huntington, WV – 7th Avenue
Gallipolis, OH – Both Locations
Proctorville, OH
Winfield, WV
Belpre, OH
Mineral Wells, WV
Spencer, WV
Ripley, WV
Ironton, OH
FoodFair – Grayson, KY



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Fruth Pharmacy Customers Raise Over $5,000 for Breast Cancer Testing & Research

Point Pleasant, W.Va. (November 5, 2015) – On November 5th, Fruth Pharmacy corporate offices received a special visit from Donna DeHart, fruth5000.jpgExecutive Director of Susan G. Komen of West Virginia.

DeHart and her team were invited to Fruth Pharmacy for a tour and to be given a check for $5,732.88.

Last month, Fruth Pharmacy hosted a company-wide balloon launch to help raise money for Susan G. Komen of WV.  Individual stores also helped raise funds for local cancer organizations or persons needing support.

Customers across the Fruth footprint helped contribute to the funds by purchasing balloons in memory or support of loved ones or by donations.

“One gentleman just handed us a $20 bill, said not to worry about the balloons, he just wanted to donate to a worthy cause,” Amy Nelson, Fruth Category Manager shared about one generous customer.

Mason County currently has the highest death rate in breast cancer related deaths in the state of West Virginia.  Susan G. Komen of West Virginia will be using Fruth’s donation towards grants given to various local hospitals and other health organizations.

Individual stores also held events alongside the balloon launch, such as car shows, bake sales, and more.  Community leaders helped count-down the launch.  Fruth Pharmacy would like to thank all of its customers and the community leaders who offered their support and gave their time to this event.  Pictures of the event are available on Fruth Pharmacy’s official Facebook page:

About Fruth Pharmacy

Fruth Pharmacy has been a family-owned pharmacy for over 62 years. Fruth Pharmacy has 29 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit

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