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Fruth Pharmacy Donates Check to the Bill O’Dell Legacy Fund

The Late Bill O’Dell

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (November 3, 2022) – Fruth Pharmacy donated $10,000 to kickstart the Bill O’Dell Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund was set up in memory of Bill O’Dell, director of the Putnam County Wellness Coalition who passed away unexpectantly in 2019. O’Dell worked tirelessly toward the greater good of the youth in Putnam County and surrounding areas for over 30 years. O’Dell focused his efforts on educating young adults about the dangers of addiction and the importance of education. Those who knew O’Dell, whether through friendship, work, or his mentorship, describe him as ‘passionate and selfless’.

Lynne Fruth is also passionate about helping the youth in her community. Knowing the achievements and the countless programs that O’Dell enacted for the betterment of his community, Lynne felt the need to honor his memory. The Fruth Executive Team decided helping the Legacy Fund get off the ground would be the perfect way to honor O’Dell’s achievements and continue his work. “I feel honored to be able to present this check to the Legacy Fund, Bill was a true leader and held to his conviction that to have great leaders and secure the futures of our children, we must step in and fill the gaps. Bill was passionate about the kids.”

Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy, presents $10,000 check to the Bill O’Dell Legacy Fund.
Jack Fruth, Founder of Fruth Pharmacy.

Jack Fruth, founder of Fruth Pharmacy, established Scholarship Programs that have provided over $1M to help young adults meet the cost of furthering their educations. Lynne Fruth, following in her father’s footsteps, helped establish the Bridge of Hope Scholarship Fund that provides money for West Virginians in recovery to seek training or education beneficial to re-enter the work force. Fruth Pharmacy was also among the first to replace single ingredient pseudoephedrine with a tamper resistant product, Nexafed, that cannot be manipulated and made into Methamphetamine. Fruth and O’Dell share a passion for educating the children of their communities and helping end addiction.

Bill’s wife Judy O’Dell and daughter Tina Shumaker were on hand to represent Bill’s family. Judy expressed, “We are honored and humbled by the recognition Bill has been given. Receiving this contribution towards continuing Bill’s work is the best way he could be honored. Thank you.”

Fruth Pharmacy is a regional chain of twenty-eight stores in WV, OH and KY.

For more information about Fruth Pharmacy, visit fruthpharmacy.com 

Thank you from Fruth Pharmacy, Your Hometown, Family Pharmacy.

If you would like to hear more about Bill O’Dell or Lynne Fruth’s advances in their efforts to help the children of their communities and their fight against addiction please contact: Jackie Haynes, Advertising/Graphics Specialist, Fruth Pharmacy at 304-675-1612 ext. 134 or by email  at jhaynes@fruthpharmacy.com.

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Fruth Pharmacy Celebrates 70 Years!

Pictured above is Jack Fruth in the first Fruth Pharmacy, founded in Point Pleasant, WV.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. This November Fruth Pharmacy is celebrating 70 years in business.

With old-fashioned values and a motto “to do the right thing”, Fruth Pharmacy has been successfully operating for 70 years.

There are so many incredible things to celebrate in this amazing 70-year span. Fruth Pharmacy has seen both good times and bad:  from opening new stores to salvaging store remnants through fire and flood and facing the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic head on. 70 years in business has been a labor of love for the entire Fruth family.

Mr. Jack Fruth left a budding military career at Greenbriar Military Academy when he lost his sight due to measles and pneumonia. After an experimental procedure at the time, Mr. Fruth regained partial vision. No longer eligible to serve in the military, Mr. Fruth set out to embark in a career as a pharmacist.

Losing his sight turned Mr. Fruth’s path in a new direction. He not only gained learning and experience at the Ohio State School of Pharmacy, but Jack also gained a wife, which in turn led to Mr. and Mrs. Fruth building a life together in Point Pleasant, WV. The Fruth’s welcomed five children: Mike, Joan, Carol, Lynne, & John. All five of the Fruth children have actively taken part in growing the business from the first times they can remember.

Left to Right: Frances “Babs” Fruth, Carol Fruth, Joan Fruth, Mike Fruth, Lynne Fruth, and John Fruth

“When you were tall enough to reach the counter standing on a block, you were able to help by working the cash register,” recalled Joan Fruth, who currently serves as Special Projects Coordinator.

Mr. Fruth was an active community member, helping to set up many other local businesses. He supported community projects and causes for the less fortunate. Mr. Fruth addressed homelessness, set-up scholarships for college bound students, and served his community diligently.

A celebration of business for Fruth Pharmacy is also a celebration of the life of Mr. Jack Fruth and his gifts to the local communities in which Fruth Pharmacy continues to serve.

Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy.

“Fruth Pharmacy continues its active role in community projects today,” Lynne Fruth, President and Chairman of the Board explained. “Helping members of our community as we are able, stays a driving force for our business. We believe our success comes from the support our customers and employees give us. We simply do our best to return that support.”

Following in her father’s footsteps Lynne Fruth, now President of Fruth Pharmacy, has continued her father’s legacy. One of the special contributions Lynne has brought forward is the Bridge of Hope Fund. The fund is set up to help those in addiction recovery set up a college education and find their way back into the workforce and community.

“Education was important to my parents. We wish to help those with educational goals achieve degrees for a successful future,” said Lynne Fruth who was a successful educator for West Virginia schools before taking over the reins at Fruth Pharmacy.

Fruth Contribution to the Bridge of Hope Fund
Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy Helps During Covid Testing Event

Lynne and her support team led the way through the Covid-19 Pandemic. Testing sites were set up and Lynne Fruth worked side by side with her team on the front lines. Cold, rainy, sometimes snow, did not hinder the job that lay ahead for Fruth Pharmacy. The team spent their days meeting with community members, helping to ease the minds of those finding the need to assess for Covid-19. During this unprecedented time, the community needed compassion and help. Lynne and her support team were there front and center. Lynne would not have had it any other way.

Fruth Pharmacy was among the first to set up Covid-19 vaccination clinics. Serving the community is at the core of the Fruth family and they have never wavered.

Mike Fruth also shared memories, “Dad believed in helping others and doing what you love. I became a pharmacist myself, not because that is what he wanted, but it was something I had grown to love. He enjoyed helping others and serving the public. A pharmacist gets to interact with the patient in many ways. Many times, the pharmacist becomes the patient’s most valuable healthcare source of information.”

Now 29 stores strong in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, Lynne Fruth took a moment to reflect, “I don’t think dad had any idea when he started his first store on Jackson Avenue in Point Pleasant, that 70 years later our company would continue to serve the community in Point Pleasant as well as 28 other communities.”

Currently, in a time where many families and businesses are struggling due to the chaotic economy, Fruth Pharmacy clings to its core values. They continue to support local charities and show customers and employees appreciation by hosting events and giving away gifts and prizes. The company reward has been ten-fold as Fruth Pharmacy has been blessed for 70 years with loyal customers and employees. May the traditions of Jack Fruth continue forward, showing kindness and bringing communities together as one.

What do the next 70 years have in store for Fruth Pharmacy? Lynne Fruth answered, “We are going to continue to serve our communities. We will strive to hold up the ideals that my father proven in 1952:  Treat customers and employees with respect, and always do the right thing.”

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Regional Chains Meet up at Annual Southern Drug Store Association Meeting

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (September 7, 2022) – The annual meeting was held at the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Resort in northern Idaho on August 18-21. Bill Ladwig, SVP of Lewis Drug, was the host of this year’s event which was attended by CEOs, Pharmacy Executives and CFOs from Hi-School Pharmacy, Sav Mor Drug, Osborn Drug, Fruth Pharmacy, Lewis Drug, Hometown Pharmacy -Michigan, Drug Emporium, Hartig Drug and Auburn Pharmacy. The meeting also included a select group of sponsors who enjoyed the ample opportunities to interact with the leaders of the Regional Chains. This year’s sponsors included McKesson, Cardinal, Capsa, Centor, Pharmacist Mutual Insurance and Anda.

Southern Drug Group on Lake Coeur d’Lane Dinner Cruise.

The active exchange of best practices and innovative ideas made this meeting a value to all who attended. Some key topics addressed this year were addressing margin compression, 340B opportunities, new retail margin opportunities, labor concerns, pharmacist recruitment, and driving state policies. Each chain had the chance to showcase new practices and areas of pharmacy or operations that are providing positive impacts for their company. Members left the meeting with some tried and true ideas to put into practice at their own company.

Doug Hoey, CEO of NCPA, attended as an invited guest and provided a brief presentation on current pharmacy issues, and Scott Cross, CFO of Lewis Drug provided a presentation on measuring financial metrics in pharmacy.

Bill Osborn, Jack Holt, and Bill Ladwig Golfing on the Beautiful Coeur d’Lane Course

In addition to two and a half days of meetings, members, sponsors and guests had an opportunity to play golf on the Coeur d’Lane Course, home of the famous floating green. The non-golfers enjoyed bicycle tours, fishing and spa activities. Each meal was a great chance for sponsors and members to discuss pertinent topics and possible opportunities. At the Sunday night event, held on the mountain overlooking the lake, host Bill Ladwig passed the famous napkin to next year’s host Charlie Hartig, CEO of Hartig Drug. Many years ago, a tradition was started of the host signing the napkin and then passing it on to the next year’s host. Charlie Hartig was excited to see his father Dick Hartig’s name along with many older chains like Happy Harry’s, Long’s on the napkin. Hartig plans to host SDSA in the Wisconsin area next August. For Sponsorship opportunities or for chains interested in attending, please contact Charlie Hartig at chartig@hartigdrug.com

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Dana Richardson Promoted to Chief Financial Officer

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (August 26, 2022) – Fruth Pharmacy is pleased to announce the promotion of Dana Richardson to the role of Chief Financial Officer.

Dana Richardson, New Chief Financial Officer

Dana’s added responsibilities as a senior member of the executive team will include finance, accounting, financial business developments and relationships, debt management and internal controls. Dana will report directly to Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy.

Dana comes with 27 years of accounting experience and 18 years of management experience.

Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy said, “We are pleased to name a local Mason County resident as our new CFO. Dana has done an excellent job as Controller here and previously at Pleasant Valley Hospital. Dana brings a great skill set, an amazing work ethic and a true commitment to Fruth and the local community.”

“I am very excited to join the Fruth executive team. I believe the potential for growth and continued service to our communities in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. It is an extreme honor to be given this opportunity. I look forward to the key role this position serves as a member of the executive team and to Fruth as a whole.”, stated Dana.

Dana has been the Controller at Fruth Pharmacy for four years, managing and streamlining the workflow in the accounting department. Dana also played an integral part in Fruth Pharmacy’s new Magstar computer system.

Dana received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Fairmont State College, now known as Fairmont State University. Dana received her Master of Professional Accountancy at West Virginia University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dana started her career at Ernst & Young LLC in Charleston, WV where she was a member of the audit team. Dana later became a senior accountant at St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC) in Huntington, WV. Dana later transitioned to the Decision Support Department at SMMC. Dana also spent 14 years at Pleasant Valley Hospital as their Controller managing the accounting department.

Dana is knowledgeable with pharmacy processes and front-end retail sales. Dana has set up professional relationships with pharmacists, managers, and board members.

Dana is also a member of the General Federation of Woman’s Club (GFWC), Point Pleasant Junior Woman’s Club, and GFWC Woman’s Club of Point Pleasant. Dana currently holds the position of treasurer for the GFWC West Virginia Executive Board.

 Dana and her husband, Steve, have been married for 27 years and live in Leon, WV. They have two sons, Matthew (Amanda), and Austin.

Steve teaches pre-engineering at Mason County Career Center and also owns a heating and air conditioning business.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company that has been in business for 69 years. Fruth Pharmacy has a total of 29 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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Dave Higginbotham Takes on New Role at Fruth Pharmacy

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (August 22, 2022) – Fruth Pharmacy is pleased to announce Dave Higginbotham, Assistant Manager, at the Scott Depot location will be transitioning to the Fruth Pharmacy Support Office.

Dave Higginbotham, Executive Assistant for Fruth Pharmacy

Dave came to Fruth Pharmacy in March 2022 and is taking on the role of Executive Assistant. Dave will be aiding the Executive Team.

Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy, said, “We are glad to have Dave here, Dave has 35 years of experience in a retail setting, which will serve him and us well. I have no doubt that he will excel in this position.”

Dave is a Charleston, WV. native, but spent his time growing up in Cleveland, OH.

Dave graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University. Since his graduation, Dave has gained 35 years of experience in retail, including both General Management and District Management for various specialty retailers.

Dave said, “I am extremely excited to take on my new role at the Support Office.”

Dave currently lives in Eleanor, WV with family and his beloved Pit Bull, Honey.

Congratulations Dave on your new role at the Corporate Office!

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company. Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 29 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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Fruth Pharmacy Says Goodbye to Sandy Keefer

L-R Sandy Keefer, Executive Assistant, Accepts 20 Years of Service Award from Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (August 18, 2022) – Fruth Pharmacy had to say goodbye to Sandy Keefer. Sandy was the Executive Assistant at Fruth Pharmacy for 23 years. Sandy has retired to spend time with her family.

Sandy has often been described as the “glue” that held the Fruth Corporate office together. Fruth Pharmacy employees were dependent on Sandy to provide store supplies, help with scheduling store maintenance, providing customer support, and so much more. Sandy wore countless hats at Fruth Pharmacy and was always dependable, energetic, and diligent. The list of tasks that Sandy took care of are too numerable to mention and often went beyond the scope of what was expected.

Sandy also had the monumental task of organizing Fruth’s Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament each year. Each year the event was phenomenal.

Lynne Fruth presented Sandy with the Fruth Pharmacy Presidential Choice Award in 2020. The Presidential Choice Award is given to an employee that supplies the best store support across the chain. This award is not often awarded to corporate employees. Sandy set the standard for supplying support across the chain.

Although we are sad to see Sandy go, it would be selfish to ask her to stay. Sandy truly earned her retirement. Fruth Pharmacy wishes Sandy Keefer the absolute best. She has left us with many fond memories.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company that has been in business for over 69 years. Fruth Pharmacy has a total of 29 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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Fruth Celebrates 31 Years of Funding Scholarships

Fruth Pharmacy Employee/Child Scholarship winners joined the 31st Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. Each winner was recognized during ceremonies at the golf tournament.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (August 18, 2022) – Fruth Pharmacy held its 31st Annual Golf Scholarship Tournament on Monday, August 8, 2022, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course in Hurricane, West Virginia. Fruth Pharmacy’s business partners and employees came out for a day of fun and fellowship on the golf course along with scholarship students they help to support. To date, Fruth Pharmacy has raised over one million dollars for scholarships to support educational opportunities for people in the tri-state area.

Fruth awarded a total of fifty-two scholarships this year. Fifteen of those scholarships were from Fruth Pharmacy’s new scholarship fund, the Fruth Pharmacy Employee/Child Scholarship Fund. Fruth acknowledged scholarship recipients during ceremonies.

Fruth’s Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament also supports scholarships at Marshall University, Marshall University School of Pharmacy, Marshall Mid-Ohio Valley Center, Mason County Community Foundation, University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, The Ohio State College of Pharmacy, Ohio University Southern, University of Rio Grande, Cedarville University School of Pharmacy, and West Virginia University School of Pharmacy.

Andy Becker, Pharmacy Vice President, gave a special presentation of $20,000 to the Bridge of Hope Fund. Bridge of Hope was set up in 2017 to help persons in addiction recovery to pursue a training or educational program.

“It’s a vote of confidence,” Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy, said about the Bridge of Hope Fund. “It is telling a young person that does not even know you that you are going to give them money because you believe that they are going to be successful. That vote of confidence is so critical, especially to first generation college students to think ‘someone really believes in me enough to financially support me.’ It is a terrific way to start a college education.”

Winners of this year’s golf tournament included 1st place, Ohio Valley Bank, Team Members: Bryan Stepp, Mario Liberatore, Allen Bell, and Pat Harbour; 2nd place, Dinsmore & Shohl, Team Members: Dan Earl, Craig Banford, Tom Hamm, and J.H. Mahaney; 3rd place, Toler & Toler/Bickle Insurance, Team Members: Chris Toler, John Stevens, Nick Stevens, and Nick Tipple. Longest Putt: Chris McKensie of WCHS-FOX11; Closest to the Pin: Max Knapp of Ohio Valley Bank; Longest Drive (Women’s): Joan Fruth of Fruth Pharmacy; Longest Drive (Men’s): Chris Toler of Toler & Toler/Bickle Insurance; Putting Winner: Mike Boivin of CDMA; Chipping Winner: Chase Coe of Baker Tilly LLC.

Ohio Valley Bank Wins First Place
Dinsmore & Shohl-2nd Place Winners
Toler & Toler/Bickle Insurance-3rd Place Winners

Fruth wants to thank everyone for their generous donations and taking part in our 31st Annual Golf Tournament. A special thank you to our Double Platinum Sponsors, The Emerson Group and Cardinal Health and our Platinum sponsors, Centor, Genetco, and MetroNews.

If you are interested in applying for a Fruth Pharmacy scholarship, links to applications are located on Fruth Pharmacy’s website at fruthpharmacy.com/scholarships. Bridge of Hope Scholarship opens for applications September 1st.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company with twenty-nine locations serving West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Fruth Pharmacy has been in business since 1952.

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Mark Lippert Retires from Fruth Pharmacy

Marc Lippert, Category Manager, at Fruth Pharmacy’s corporate office retired from Fruth after serving 10 years. A retirement luncheon was held in his honor at the Fruth Corporate Offices on June 24th.

Marc began his career with Fruth Pharmacy in 2012 and managed the food & pet categories of the stores.

Larry Anderson, Marc’s former supervisor, spoke at the retirement luncheon, “Over the years, we worked together, Marc has done a tremendous job. Marc brought years of retail ability with him; he has an extensive background of working in retail. Marc and I lunched together often, and he was great to talk to, I will miss him, he was not only a great employee but, he was also a good friend. I wish him the absolute best.”

“Wow, thanks guys, I had no idea you were going to host a retirement luncheon for me. I have enjoyed working with Fruth.” Marc said.

Marc and his wife plan to travel.

Congratulations to Marc and best wishes for his new adventure!

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company. Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 29 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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Fruth Pharmacy Donates to Ripley Nazarene Church Baby Pantry

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (June 16, 2022) – Fruth Pharmacy held its 7th Annual Baby Face Virtual
Event in March 2022. Thanks to generous customers and employees, Fruth Pharmacy in Ripley,
WV. was able to raise over $500 for the Ripley Nazarene Church Baby Pantry.

Fruth Pharmacy in Ripley received a $500 shopping spree for hosting one of the 3 winning babies.

Pam Durbin, store manager of the Ripley Fruth Pharmacy met with Danielle Powell of the Nazarene Church Baby Pantry to present the donations.

Pam Durbin, Manager at Fruth Pharmacy in Ripley, WV said, “It was an honor to win the $500 and to spend that money on baby items for the Baby Pantry. We also have a talented team here – both pharmacy and front-end sales staff members gladly participated to help collect items for the Nazarene Church Baby Pantry.”

“It’s a great feeling to see a store take an event and truly care about it,” Barbara Taylor, Category Manager for Fruth Pharmacy shared, “I am incredibly grateful to all the store employees
that help drive this collection each year for the Nazarene Baby Pantry. Our customers’ support with
this event helps provide families items they need to help take care of their children. This store,
its employees, and customers, went beyond for their organization!” Barbara Taylor hosts the Baby
Event each year.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company. Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has 29 locations Virginia,
Ohio, and Kentucky. Fruth Pharmacy will celebrate 70 years in business this November.

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Lynne Fruth Guest Speaker at CHAMR Charity Breakfast

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (June 15, 2022) – Fruth Pharmacy and City Ice & Fuel were featured at the CHAMR Breakfast, held at the new Hartley Community Center.

Two Point Pleasant based businesses were featured at the recent Charleston-Huntington Association of Manufacturers’ Representatives breakfast. City Ice & Fuel and Fruth Pharmacy both had their humble beginnings in Point Pleasant and have grown significantly over the past 70 years.

Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy, Speaks at CHAMR Breakfast

Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy, had the honor of speaking and gave a presentation on the history of how her father and mother, Jack & Babs Fruth, began Fruth Pharmacy and how one store and a desire to help their community turned into a legacy. The Fruth Legacy has focused on providing over 50 scholarships a year.

CHAMR is a non-profit group of manufacturers that support local businesses and bring awareness to the importance of “shopping, buying, and supporting local manufacturers.”

CHAMR also promotes charitable awareness throughout the community. CHAMR hosts dedicated events throughout the year and donate the monies from these events, such as the Charity Breakfast, to local groups like Café Appalachia, Union Mission, Manna Meals, and the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia amongst others.

Mark Lambert, President of CHAMR, stated, “It is sometimes complicated and does take extra work from everyone to truly buy local, shop local, and support local manufacturers and retailers. You will have to cooperate with one another in the give and take. It will take more than one location, vendor, or retailer to get all the items you are looking for. But never doubt that we are all stronger together. “Always remember, it may be difficult, but it can be done.”

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned company. Currently, Fruth Pharmacy has twenty-nine locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Fruth Pharmacy will celebrate 70 years in business this November and is proud to be your Hometown Family Pharmacy.

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