ELWOOD, Ind. (Nov. 16, 2016) Red Gold announced today that the 5th Annual Red Gold Run to Crush Hunger raised $52,432.88 to benefit local Indiana charities. All of the proceeds from the race were presented to Second Harvest Food Bank and the Morrisett Center Food Pantry. For the fifth year, the Run to Crush Hunger united local communities to promote healthy and active lifestyles, while crushing hunger in Central Indiana. With the help of the new Virtual Race option, the 10K, 5K and one mile family walk drew the largest crowd in race history with 931 participants from 104 different cities and 12 states.
“We would like to express our appreciation to the 2016 Run to Crush Hunger Sponsors, as this event would not be possbile without them,” said Kelsi Fullenkamp, Human Resources Assistant and Race Director. Many companies joined Red Gold to crush hunger including platinum sponsors; BMO Harris Bank, The Grainger Foundation, St. Vincent Mercy and E.ON. “To everyone who participated, donated, volunteered, or enjoyed a bowl of chili, you have made a huge impact on Crush Hunger Saturday,” said Fullenkamp.
Since the race’s inception in 2012, more than $163,000 has been raised in the effort to fight hunger in local Hoosier communities. “This Madison County event is a popular venue, and has quickly become a premier annual celebration that gives back to small Indiana towns and communities in so many ways,” said Tim Ingle, Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Strategy at Red Gold.
‘Crush Hunger Saturday’, was a family friendly day of fun which included the Run to Crush Hunger, Red Gold Chili Cook-Off, Colt’s Blue Saturday, Indiana Craft Beer and Wine Garden, craft booths and great entertainment. This year marked the 31st Annual Red Gold Chili Cook-Off and boasted great attendance and community participation. “The participants, sponsors, community involvement and volunteers were the recipe for success,” said Ingle.As the event was graced with perfect weather for a fall feast of running, chili and CRUSHING Hunger, Red Gold is excited to carry on the tradition in 2017. Mark your calendar for October 14, 2017 and visit www.RedGold5kRun.com for more information.
Special thanks go out to the Elwood Chamber of Commerce, Elwood Police Department, Elwood Fire Department, Elwood Streets Department and other city services for all of their efforts in making this day possible.
In addition to ‘Crush Hunger Saturday,’ Red Gold just completed its first national Crush Hunger Campaign, with every can of Red Gold, Tuttorosso, Redpack and Sacramento tomato products purchased during the month of October, Red Gold donated 1 meal to families in need through Feeding America food banks. Red Gold is proud to announce that we reached the goal of donating 1.7 million meals to families in need this October! “Making a positive change in our community has always been a goal for Red Gold – it’s part of who we are,” said Colt Reichart, Fourth Generation Owner at Red Gold. As a result, Red Gold has donated another 46 tons of tomato products to communities affected by natural disasters in Baton Rouge, L.A. and Raleigh, N.C. Red Gold would like to thank everyone who participated in the effort to Crush Hunger and invite people to visit the www.helpcrushhunger.com to learn more.
About Red Gold, Inc.
Four generations of the Reichart family have been producing Red Gold premium quality tomato products since 1942, when it began producing tomato products for the soldiers overseas. Red Gold partners with 50 family farms across Indiana, southern Michigan, and Northwest Ohio to sustainably produce premium quality canned tomatoes, ketchup, and tomato-based products for the retail, foodservice, private brand, and club channels of distribution. Exceptional quality and operational excellence are the shared values that contributed to the employee-created mission statement: "To produce the freshest, best tasting tomato products in the world." Visit the award winning website RedGoldTomatoes.com for great recipes, tips and culinary inspiration!