ST. LOUIS — Nathan’s Famous® and Schnuck Markets surprised one exceptional Folds of Honor Foundation military family with a year’s worth of all-beef hot dogs this past weekend at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
Prior to the hot dog eating contest qualifying event held at the stadium, Nathan’s Famous presented the special surprise to Folds of Honor Foundation beneficiary, McKenzie MacMillan. Her father, Lt. Col. Don MacMillan, and mother, Tiffany MacMillan, joined her on the field. Lt. Col. Don MacMillan served more than 20 years in the United States Army before he was disabled in the line of duty. Through support from the Folds of Honor Foundation, McKenzie MacMillan is now a sophomore pursuing a Nursing Degree at the University of Missouri.
“The Folds of Honor Foundation is incredibly grateful for organizations like Nathan’s Famous and Schnuck Markets that help to make our work possible,” said Major Dan Rooney, Founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation. “Our organization seeks to inspire community members to join us in giving hope to the families of America’s heroes through the gift of education.”
“Nathan’s Famous is proud to partner with Schnuck Markets to recognize the service and sacrifice of America’s military men and women through the Folds of Honor Foundation,” said Michael Paribello, Smithfield Foods senior director of marketing. “It is a privilege to support this organization in their mission of providing education to the spouses and children of military members who have been killed or disabled in the service of our country.”
Additionally, as the Official Hot Dog of Major League Baseball (MLB), the Nathan’s Famous brand arranged the opportunity for McKenzie MacMillan to throw out the first pitch as the St. Louis Cardinals took on the Chicago Cubs this weekend.
The Folds of Honor Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is focused on providing educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen or disabled servicemen and women. With the help of generous partners and supporters, Folds of Honor Foundation has been able to award nearly 16,000 scholarships since they were founded in 2007.
Smithfield Foods is the licensee of Nathan’s Famous pre-packaged hot dogs, selling a wide variety of beef franks at more than 20,000 supermarkets and wholesale club stores across the country including all natural, natural casing, skinless, bun-length, angus, and more.
About Nathan's Famous
Nathan's is a Russell 2000 Company that currently distributes its products in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and twelve foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. Last year, over 550 million Nathan's Famous hot dogs were sold. Nathan's was ranked #22 on the Forbes 2014 list of the Best Small Companies in America and was listed as the Best Small Company in New York State in October 2013. For additional information about Nathan's, please visit our website at www.NathansFamous.com.
About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.SmithfieldFoods.com.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned grocery/pharmacy retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. The company takes pride in its community partnerships and gives more than $13 million annually in food to food pantries and more than $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations through the company’s My Schnucks Card program. Privately held, Schnucks operates 100 stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa and employs more than 13,000 teammates. Follow Schnucks on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Schnucks.
About Folds of Honor Foundation
Folds of Honor Foundation is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a PGA member and F-16 fighter pilot currently stationed at Tyndall AFB Florida as a member of 301st Fighter Squadron who served three tours of duty in Iraq, Folds of Honor Foundation is proud to have awarded more than 16,000 scholarships in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, visit www.FoldsofHonor.org.
Source: Smithfield Foods