In a heartfelt tribute to the power of community collaboration, Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R-Yucaipa) stood before a gathering of attendees at the Lake Arrowhead Stater Bros. Markets to honor their exceptional response to a challenging winter storm with a State Senate Resolution.
The event showcased Stater Bros. Markets’ unwavering dedication to its community, demonstrating the values of kindness, generosity, and compassion that define the company's mission.
In her address, Senator Ochoa Bogh highlighted the remarkable efforts undertaken by Stater Bros. Markets:
"One of my favorite things about serving as a State Senator is the opportunity to recognize truly inspirational acts of kindness, generosity, and compassion. In a state with a population of 39 million people, it's evident that we need as much of these qualities as we can get.
"I stand here to honor an exemplary demonstration of these virtues – Stater Bros. Markets’ remarkable response to a devastating winter storm. Stater Bros., with its motto 'Fresh. Affordable. Community First.,' has consistently showcased its commitment to serving not only as a supermarket but also as a good neighbor and member of our community.
"The recent winter storm brought to light Stater Bros. Markets’ dedication to this motto. The way the company and its employees rallied together during this crisis is the essence of 'Community First.' Stater Bros. swift and effective response to the challenges posed by the winter storm showcased the heart and soul of the company.
"It's businesses like Stater Bros. that set the standard for community involvement and corporate responsibility. The dedication, selflessness, and determination displayed by Stater Bros. Markets’ employees reflected the values embedded in the company's slogan. Their actions during the storm reaffirmed that Stater Bros. is not just a supermarket; it's a family that cares deeply for the community it serves.
"I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Pete Van Helden, CEO and Chairman of the Board; Kenny Brown, Grocery Supervisor; Anthony Gonzales, Store Manager; and the countless Stater Bros. employees who went above and beyond to make a lifesaving difference in the lives of the community. Your quick response and unwavering dedication are a shining example of what it means to be an integral part of a community.
"Today, I have the honor of presenting a resolution to Stater Bros. Markets as a token of appreciation and admiration for your exceptional commitment to serving our community, especially during times of adversity. This resolution symbolizes our collective gratitude for your efforts and recognizes the positive impact you have made on the lives of countless individuals.
"In closing, I want to emphasize that it is acts like these that restore faith in the notion of community and inspire us to work together for the betterment of our society. Stater Bros., through your actions, you have not only provided essential resources but also proven the power of unity and the profound impact that can be achieved when a community comes together."
"Thank you for embodying the values of kindness, generosity, and compassion. Your example serves as a reminder that we are truly stronger together. Thank you, and may your dedication continue to inspire us all."
Founded in 1936 by twin brothers Cleo and Leo Stater, Stater Bros. Markets originated with a simple mission: to provide quality groceries at affordable prices while fostering a strong connection with the local community. Their humble beginnings started with a small store in Yucaipa, California, which quickly gained a reputation for its commitment to customer satisfaction and community engagement.
The event concluded with heartfelt applause, acknowledging Stater Bros. Markets' exceptional commitment to community welfare and the values that make it an integral part of Lake Arrowhead's fabric.