RITE AID Does Beauty the RITE Way

African American Females Targeted at Various Community Events

HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 19) Rite Aid has teamed up with Cosmetic Promotions Inc., a national marketing company that specializes in beauty, to promote its beauty department to African American females by attending a series of 10 community events in five key African American markets. The initiative builds on Rite Aid’s African-American promotional effort, dubbed Beauty the RITE Way.

The program is in its 5th year and involves sending Ethnic models to various conferences and festivals distributing 20,000 beauty sample bags to female attendees.  This year’s bags include products from RITE AID beauty vendors including  Jergens, Just for Me, Softsoap, Blue Star Ointment, Smooth ‘N Shine, Soft Crème, Maybelline Mineral Powder, Mane’n Tail and Fantasia Hair Polisher.  In addition, some of the bags contain a prize of a $100 Rite Aid gift card. 2,000 bags are distributed at each event to female attendees only.

On May 16th the BTRW sampling program traveled to the Pan-African Festival near Bowie, Maryland. This year’s them was “FROM ANTIQUITY to GLOBAL UNITY”; uniting families while raising the awareness of issues that affect people of African ancestry and featured special guest speaker, actress Lynn Whitfield.  The festival featured tasty ethnic and traditional foods, Caribbean and Gospel music and African attire Fashion Show. As families entered the festival they were greeted by the BTRW models at the RITE AID booth distributing the BTRW sample bags and the lucky recipients commented on how they couldn’t wait to try some of the new items. Halfway through the day, with more than four hours left to enjoy the festivities, all 2,000 bags were handed out and RITE AID was invited to come back next year.

On May 23rd, Beauty the RITE Way sampling models will attend the second day of the NY/NJ African American Statewide Parade and Festival which begins in Weequahic Park. There will be a RITE AID booth with banner at the event and announcements will be made throughout the day advertising the free BTRW bag available at the RITE AID booth. Over 500,000 are expected to attend the weekend’s festivities. There is a carnival, retail booths, live music, games and pony rides as well as a Hip Hop Tour. Also, there will be numerous booths featuring mouth watering soul food. The Heritage Festival will end on Memorial Day, May 25th.

The Gospel Jam 2009 at Wayne State University in Michigan will attract 5,000 African Americans. This year’s Gospel Jam will feature an evening of urban poetry, a gospel concert and the main attraction – the gospel dance competition. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit My Sister’s Keeper, nonprofit organization – developed to assist single-parenting mothers in Wayne County. The Rite Aid banner will hang at the main stage and to flyers will be distributed on campus promoting RITE AID and the giveaways in advance.

The entire program is completely coordinated and executed by Cosmetic Promotions Inc who secures the bags, the vendors, and the venues for the program.

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