The Westchester High School Tennis Booster Club was recently named one of the top 200 earning groups nationwide in the Vons 10% Back to Schools Program.

As one of the top 200 groups, the Westchester booster club received an additional $1,000 from Vons for a grand total of $8,409. Last year, through this program alone, the Safeway family of stores donated over $2.5 million to nonprofit groups across the nation.

Kandy Chain, Westchester High tennis coach, said she plans on using the funds to purchase uniforms, team and court equipment, as well as to pay tournament entry fees and fund a special training workshop. Due to Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) proposed budget cuts for athletics, these funds help lower the costs of participating in sports for individual students and parents, Chain noted.

“We appreciate all that Safeway, especially Vons-Westchester with the help of Pippa Mitchell, store manager, Chris Garrison, assistant manager, and Susie Loquellano, checker, do and for their ongoing commitment to education and our local schools,” said Gayle Kikuta, Westchester High Tennis Booster Club coordinator.

“Because of Vons’ participation in the eScrip program and our commitment to sign up all of our school families with eScrip, we have the most successful booster program in the region.”

The Vons 10% Back to Schools program allowed schools to earn ten percent of items purchased by school supporters from participating manufacturers last summer. Top Safeway manufacturers that contributed to Westchester High tennis through the program included Kraft Foods, Clorox, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Sara Lee and Unilever.