Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, is delighted to announce that Joseph DiDomizio, President and CEO of premier travel retailer Hudson Group, has joined its Board of Directors.
The addition of Mr. DiDomizio to the CIS board reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to help Communities In Schools change the picture of education for students across America.
As CEO of Hudson Group, Mr. DiDomizio created a successful marketing partnership with Communities In Schools designed to reach the millions of travelers who shop at the company’s travelers essentials stores (Hudson, Hudson News, Hudson Booksellers), as well as a broad range of specialty retail stores in airports and commuter terminals across North America.
Countertop collection boxes in the stores raise awareness and collect funds for CIS. Signage explains the CIS mission while encouraging customers to donate their spare change. The initiative has already generated over $1 million in donations to CIS. In addition, Hudson Booksellers promotes CIS on its website, www.hudsonbooksellers.com. The company also distributes CIS-branded bookmarks to customers and provides in-store ads and digital advertising space for CIS on store tablets and, digital devices and plasma screens.
Noted Mr. DiDomizio: “We have been working with CIS for several years now and continue to grow in admiration for the results they achieve with underserved young people across the US.”
According to Communities In Schools President Dan Cardinali: “We are exceedingly proud and humbled that one of America’s most successful and well-known business leaders will help provide strategic advice and leadership to our organization. Joe understands our mission and has a deep passion for supporting our efforts to help kids stay in school and succeed in life.”
About Hudson Group:
Hudson Group, the largest duty-paid travel retailer in North America, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of international travel retailer Dufry AG (DUFN) of Basel, Switzerland. Hudson Group operates over 700 Hudson, Hudson News, Hudson Booksellers, cafes, specialty retail and duty free shops in 70 airports and transportation terminals in the United States and Canada. Dufry operates over 1,700 stores in more than 60 countries and 240 airports and transportation terminals around the world. The Hudson Booksellers division is headquartered in Marietta, Georgia.
Working directly in more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. For the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.