2013-09-05 17:43:02 -
CHIQUITA ANNOUNCES $100,000 CONTRIBUTION TO UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL CAROLINAS
Initial proceeds from fourth Chiquita Classic to benefit Charlotte area
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - September 5, 2013 - Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE:
CQB) today announced that it has raised $100,000 in proceeds thus far from the
2013 Chiquita Classic tournament which have been donated to United Way of
Central Carolinas as the primary charity beneficiary of the Chiquita Classic.
The announcement came during
an event to unveil the 2013 United Way campaign
goal of $21,438,000 at the Chiquita Classic, which is being held at River Run
Country Club in Davidson, NC, through September 8.
"Building communities is at the core of our purpose and values and a hallmark of
our more than 100 years as a company," said Ed Lonergan, Chiquita's President
and Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud to partner with the United Way as the
primary beneficiary of the Chiquita Classic and believe this will be the best
way to provide funds locally where they are most needed. We hope this will be
the first of many years partnering together to help build our local community."
Since 1931, United Way of Central Carolinas has been serving the Charlotte area,
working to create lasting change for those most in need through community
philanthropy in three vital areas: Children and Youth, Housing and Stability and
Health and Mental Health. Today, they serve a five-county region that includes
Anson, Cabarrus, Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Mooresville/Lake Norman, and Union.
"Chiquita has enthusiastically embraced the Charlotte region in every way since
making this their hometown," said Jane McIntyre, executive director of United
Way of Central Carolinas. "Not just because they're supporting United Way, but
you see the proof in all the corporate sponsors that have backed the Chiquita
Classic to make this a signature community event. On behalf of the over
300,000 people touched by United Way, we couldn't be more proud to launch our
2013 fundraising campaign at the Chiquita Classic."
In conjunction with the tournament's support of United Way of Central Carolinas,
the Chiquita Classic has also participated in the "Charity Ticket Program,"
which enables Charlotte-area 501c3 charities to sell Chiquita Classic tickets
and retain 100 percent of the sales for the benefit of their respective
organizations. The program will also serve as an additional avenue for United
Way's fundraising campaign, which supports more than 80 partner agencies across
a five-county region.
Chiquita's contribution to the United Way may exceed $100,000 when the
tournament has concluded. Additional tickets continue to be available for sale
for the event through this Sunday, September 8 and any additional proceeds from
sales will be donated to the United Way. Since its inception in 2011, the
Chiquita Classics have raised more than $600,000 for charitable organizations. A
portion of the proceeds from the tournament will also benefit The First Tee of
Steve Himes, 980-636-5636, email@example.com
, (Investors & Analysts)
Ed Loyd, 980-636-5145, firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT CHIQUITA BRANDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Chiquita Brands (NYSE: CQB) is a leading international marketer and distributor
of nutritious, high-quality fresh and value-added food products - from energy-
rich bananas, blends of convenient green salads, other fruits to healthy
snacking products. The company markets its healthy, fresh products under the
Chiquita® and Fresh Express® premium brands and other related trademarks. With
annual revenues of more than $3 billion, Chiquita employs approximately 20,000
people and has operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. For more
information, please visit www.chiquita.com/
ABOUT THE CHIQUITA CLASSIC
The Chiquita Classic is operated by Chiquita For Charities, a North Carolina
non-profit corporation. The Tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on
the Web.com Tour for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable
organizations in greater Charlotte, N.C. For more information, call
877-597-8855 or visit our website at www.chiquitaclassic.com.
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL CAROLINAS
United Way of Central Carolinas focuses on three vital areas: Children & Youth;
Housing & Stability; and Health & Mental Health. Through its more than 80
partner health and human services agencies, United Way creates long-lasting
community change by addressing the underlying causes of problems, working in
Anson, Cabarrus, Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Mooresville/Lake Norman and Union. To
get help, or learn how you can help, call United Way's 211 hotline, or for more
details, please visit www.uwcentralcarolinas.org.
This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of
Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that:
(i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and
other applicable laws; and
(ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and
originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Chiquita Brands International, Inc via Thomson Reuters ONE