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NATIONAL DONUT DAY TO BE CELEBRATED JUNE 1st ON FOUNTAIN SQUARE
Family-Friendly Event Features Celebrity Donut Games and FREE Donuts
CINCINNATI (May 29, 2012) - Bakeries throughout Greater Cincinnati, in partnership with The Salvation Army, will mark National Donut Day on Friday, June 1, with an event on Fountain Square to celebrate America's favorite treat while benefitting The Salvation Army.
The family-friendly event at Fountain Square, which will start at 12:00 Noon, features celebrity donut games, such as donut stacking and a donut hole toss. Participating bakeries will serve free donuts, while supplies last, and The Salvation Army provides free beverages. For the third consecutive year, this event is presented by members of the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association. Sponsors of this year's event include BakeMark, Dawn Foods and the Paper Products Co. The Salvation Army in Greater Cincinnati is the beneficiary of the sponsorship funds, as well as any freewill donations made in the familiar red kettles during the event.
National Donut Day, which was established in 1938 by The Salvation Army as a depression-era outreach initiative, pays tribute to The Salvation Army volunteers who prepared donuts for thousands of soldiers during World War I. Since that time, National Donut Day events have been held in cities across the country by local Salvation Army units. This marks the third consecutive year that the local Salvation Army has partnered with the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association for National Donut Day. The events have been a lot of fun, and successful raising funds for the mission of The Salvation Army.
"The Salvation Army is delighted to once-again have this opportunity to celebrate National Donut Day through the support and coordination of the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association and key sponsors," said Matt Pearce, Development Director for The Salvation Army. "Donut Day reflects well upon the heritage of service that marks the mission of The Salvation Army, which has been serving the local community for more than 125 years." Pearce added: "I extend our sincere thanks to BakeMark, Dawn Foods and Paper Products Co. for their financial contribution in support of our programs that serve those most-in-need in our community."
Bakeries participating with the National Donut Day event in Cincinnati this year include: Bakery Barn, Bakery Hill at the Midwest Culinary Institute (Cincinnati State), Bonomini Bakery, Busken Bakery, Graeter's Bakery, Harrison Home Bakery, Holtman's Donut Shop, Jansen's Sweet Sinsations, Little Dutch Bakery, North College Hill Bakery, Regina Bakery, Schmidt's Bakery, and Servatii Pastry Shop.
The event emcee will once again be Marilyn Harris, local radio personality and food expert, whose radio show, "Cookin' with Marilyn," is presented each Saturday afternoon on WKRC-AM (550). She will be joined by Dennis Smith, president of Paper Products Co., whose long affiliation with the local bakers makes him an expert on the industry.
Local ‘celebrity' participants for National Donut Day include the following:
- Laura Baverman, Cincinnati Enquirer
- Dave Chandler, B105 FM
- James Craig, Cincinnati Police
- Jon Jon Curl, Q102 FM
- Sean Donovan, Hamilton County Sherriff's Dept.
- Todd Dykes, WLWT Ch. 5
- Sylvia Hendon, Judge
- Bob Herzog, Local 12 News
- Daniel Lang, Cincinnati Fire Dept.
- John Link, Mayor of Edgewood, KY
- Mark Mallory, Mayor of Cincinnati
- Steve Mann, REWIND 94.9 FM
- Jean Manning, Cincinnati State
- Bobbi Maxell, WARM 98 FM
- Jerry Peluso, Mayor of Newport, KY
- Steve Raleigh, WCPO, Ch. 9
- Bud Stross, THE WOLF 97.3 FM
- Wendy Walker, WGRR 103.5 FM
- John Williams, Judge
- Charles Winburn, Cincinnati City Council
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About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Nationally, about 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmycincinnati.org.
About the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association:
The GCRBA has a long tradition in Cincinnati. We bake an awful lot of pastries, breads, cakes, and pies; but we don't stop there. We also provide educational seminars, bakery promotions, and sponsor community events and activities. Our hope is to bring awareness to our craft and bring a smile to our customers' face with baked goods.
Based in Los Angeles and owned by Dutch conglomerate CSM, with 19 branches located across the United States, BakeMark is one of the bakery industry's leading manufacturers and distributors of bakery products and ingredients.
About Dawn Foods:
For more than 90 years, Dawn's dedicated Team Members, outstanding products, and valued customers have made the Dawn name synonymous with excellence. American-owned and family operated; Dawn currently supplies a complete line of quality, consistent mixes, bases, icings, glazes, fillings, frozen dough, par-baked and fully baked products and equipment to the food industry, worldwide. Dawn and its expansive Dawn Distributors Advantage® network allow the company to better serve customers through the buying power of more than 40 facilities across North America. For further information, please visit www.dawnfoods.com.
About Paper Products Company:
Paper Products Company has been servicing the baking industry for over 80 years by manufacturing and distributing quality bakery packaging for donuts, cakes, sweet rolls, and cookies. In Cincinnati we work with the baker members of the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Assoc. in promoting The Salvation Army's National Donut Day and their many other promotions and awareness campaigns.