PLANO, Texas (Grassroots Newswire) - To culminate its Volunteer of the Year Award Program, which recognizes the inspiring work of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure® volunteers nationwide, SunChips brand today announced that Georgeann Corey of Columbus, OH has been named the national Volunteer of the Year. Corey was recognized during a special ceremony at one of the final 2006 Komen Race events in San Diego, CA, where SunChips donated $10,000 in her name to benefit her hometown, the Komen Columbus Affiliate.
“Komen volunteers like Georgeann Corey are the foundation of our work,” said Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. “They provide both emotional and physical support, which enables the Foundation to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.”
Corey was originally nominated by her son, and selected from among volunteers from 121 affiliates throughout the United States who were eligible to win this prestigious award. A breast cancer survivor herself, Corey has tirelessly volunteered her time to the Komen Foundation for the past seven years. Her selfless efforts as co-chair of development for the Komen Race for the Cure in Columbus helped to more than double the amount of money raised during her tenure, and she has served as an inspiration to countless other women battling breast cancer.
“The SunChips award is all about the volunteers who make the Komen Race for the Cure events successful around the nation,” said Corey. “The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is blessed with a collaboration of people who somehow have been affected by breast cancer and want to fight back as a result. We’re all striving for the same goal of eradicating breast cancer, and we’re going to win.”
Since the program launched in January of this year, SunChips brand has also given event participants at every Race the opportunity to thank the volunteers through a “Volunteer Thank You Wall” where people can post their personal thank you notes to the Race volunteers. Postings from more than 100 local Komen Race for the Cure events were collectively showcased today at the 2006 event in San Diego, California.
“SunChips brand is proud to recognize the spirit of these volunteers and support their work to keep hope shining on,” said Leslie Lee, senior brand manager of Frito-Lay North America. “The awards program celebrates the dedication and service of truly outstanding volunteers and recognizes the contributions of these individuals to their communities. By honoring these men and women, SunChips seeks to inspire others to excel in their community service in the spirit of volunteerism.”
SunChips brand hosts Komen Race for the Cure® volunteer resources at www.sunchips.com. The Komen Volunteer area of the brand’s Web site includes volunteer information, breast health information, volunteer photos and testimonials, an online “Volunteer Thank You Wall” and the SunChips Volunteer of the Year award program that recognizes the outstanding contributions of volunteers who are nominated by their local Komen Affiliates.
SunChips has also launched the Crunch for the Cure™ pink ribbon bag program on bags of SunChips snacks. Through this program consumers can register their purchase of the specially marked bags of SunChips snacks online at www.sunchips.com or by mail and SunChips brand will donate 25 cents to the Komen Foundation (up to $410,000). This program will be available until December 15, 2006.
About the Komen Foundation and the Komen Race for the Cure®
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research and community outreach programs around the world.
The Komen Race for the Cure® Series raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. These events celebrate breast cancer survivorship and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease. The largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, the Komen Race for the Cure Series has grown from one local Race with 800 participants in Dallas, Texas, in 1983 to a series of more than 100 Races with more than one million people expected to participate this year.
For more information on breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.komen.org or call the Foundation’s National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I’M AWARE (1.800.462.9273).
About SunChips Snacks
A one ounce serving of SunChips snacks, introduced in 1991, provides one full serving of whole grains from a blend of corn, oats and wheat. SunChips snacks, made with sunflower oil, are available in Original, French Onion, Garden Salsa and Harvest Cheddar flavors.
Frito-Lay North America is the $10 billion convenient foods division of PepsiCo, which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. In addition to Frito-Lay, PepsiCo divisions include Pepsi-Cola, Quaker Foods, Gatorade and Tropicana.