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Bartell Drugs and Oberto partner to raise $25,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital

SEATTLE—Bartell Drugs, in partnership with Oberto Beef Jerky, joined forces in October to help raise awareness and funds for the acclaimed Seattle Children’s Hospital in support of its mission to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.

Executives and family members from Bartells and Oberto presented a $25,000 check to Seattle Children’s on November 2 at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. On hand to accept the check was Michele Smith, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation Board Chair; Thomas Hernquist, CEO of Oberto; Evelyn Merrill, Bartell’s Senior Manager in charge of digital; Art Oberto, patriarch of Oberto and Director Emeritus; and Laura Oberto, daughter and Board Director.

“Bartell Drugs is so pleased to be able to assist Oberto in raising funds for this esteemed organization,” said Evelyn Merrill, who is also a fourth generation member of the Bartell family. “As locally-based companies, we value the role we can play to provide support for the most vulnerable members of our community—children affected by pediatric diseases.”

During the month of October, for each bag of Oberto product purchased at any of Bartell’s 63 Western Washington store locations, a portion of the sale was contributed to the hospital.

Proceeds from the donation will benefit Seattle Children’s Uncompensated Care Fund, which ensures that all children in our region get the medical care they need, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. In 2015, Seattle Children’s uncompensated care program provided $111.8 million.

The fundraising effort by the two family-involved, locally-based companies reflects their long-time commitment to positively impact the lives of children and families living in the Puget Sound area. Bartell Drugs, the oldest family-owned drugstore chain in the United States, has been serving the greater Seattle area since 1890. Oberto, 100% family-owned today, was founded in Seattle in 1918 and has committed itself to serving the community with quality, natural snack products.


Ric Brewer, Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416 (office), 206-276-5200 (cell)

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 66 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

About Oberto
Family owned Oberto Brands is the nation’s leading all-natural jerky snacks company founded in Seattle by Constantino Oberto in 1918. The company’s products are available in all retail channels and online at The company’s brands include Oberto All-Natural Jerky, Pacific Gold, Pacific Gold Reserve, Cattleman’s Cut, Lowrey’s and Oberto Classics.

About Seattle Children’s
Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Following in the footsteps of a group of philanthropic women who founded Seattle Children’s Hospital more than 100 years ago, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 75,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who come together, start a guild and turn an activity they love into a way to support Seattle Children’s. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to come together in an effort to improve the health and well-being of all kids.