Hood Simply Smart Milk and tennis legend Chris Evert partnered for the campaign, announcing that Debbi McCarthy, Director of Development for Feeding America Tampa Bay had won the prize after the contest, which pitted representatives from selected charities against each other on Simply Smart's Facebook page to seek online votes, ended on Aug. 31.
“The entire Board and staff of Feeding America Tampa Bay are so grateful to Hood Simply Smart Milk and Chris Evert for this unique opportunity to mobilize the Tampa Bay community in our mission of ending hunger and nourishing hope,” McCarthy said. “Make a Difference, Taste a Difference is a theme that resonates, especially well with our hunger relief efforts, as we strive to provide the most nutrient rich products to children and families struggling with hunger. The $5,000 donation will provide 20,000 meals.”
The program recognizes local women making a difference in their communities. Two additional women were also chosen: Carla Miklos of Operation Hope in Fairfield, CT, and Samantha Eisenstein Watson of The SAMFund in Boston.
To celebrate, Chris Evert will deliver a check to McCarthy on Sept. 28 at Lowry Park Zoo. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. with Evert giving a speech about the cause.
“It’s a true honor to recognize Debbi as part of the Hood Simply Smart ‘Make a Difference, Taste a Difference’ program with a $5,000 donation to Feeding America Tampa Bay," Evert said. "It is important for everyone to not only make a difference in their community but also for their families in their everyday choices. The women being recognized by Hood for their efforts are true examples of how their dedication and hard work are leaving a lasting imprint on their communities.”
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