Red Apple Markets Partner with Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter

Duo to Launch Baseball Campaign to Help "Strike Out ALS"

Raleigh, North Carolina, UNITED STATES


RALEIGH, N.C., July 12, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Red Apple Markets are encouraging all customers to visit area locations to participate in the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Baseball Campaign to "Strike Out ALS." The campaign will raise awareness and funds for The ALS Association -- Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter.

Red Apple Market customers can visit any one of the 42 northeastern N.C. and southern Va. locations to purchase a paper baseball in honor of all persons living with and fighting ALS. The balls will be sold for $1 and displayed in each location's window. Customers will also receive Jim "Catfish" Hunter baseball cards.

"Red Apple is encouraging customers to visit area locations to support a very worthwhile cause -- a cause especially close to the heart of many people in northeastern N.C. and southern Va., the home of Jim "Catfish" Hunter," said Adam Coleman, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Beasley Enterprises, Inc. "Your support will help find a cause and cure for this devastating disease."

Red Apple Markets is a subsidiary of Beasley Enterprises, Inc. Located in southern Va. and northeast N.C., Red Apple Markets is known for its variety of fresh foods, quality fuels and commitment to customer service. For more information, visit www.beasleyenterprises.com. ALS affects as many as 30,000 people in the United States at any given time and 5,600 new cases are diagnosed annually. The Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter was named in honor of the late Jim "Catfish" Hunter, a Carolinian, major league pitcher and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Hunter succumbed to complications of ALS in September 1999, after being diagnosed with the disease in 1998.

The Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter covers both N.C. and S.C., and is one of 39 chapters of The ALS Association; the only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS through research, patient support, information dissemination and public awareness.

For more information contact Ashley Hurdle, via email, ashley@catfishchapter.org, call toll-free 1-877-568-4347 or visit www.catfishchapter.org.