Jamba Juice Named Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Bay Area Leadership
Local Nonprofit to Raise Funds for Low-Income, High-Potential College Bound
EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jamba Juice Company
(Nasdaq:JMBA) the leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, will be honored on
May 4^th as Corporate Citizen of the Year 2013 by the Bay Area Leadership
Foundation (BALF) during the organization's 12^th annual black tie benefit.
BALF helps underserved high school students achieve success in high school,
college and beyond.
Jamba Juice joins an impressive list of previous 'Corporate Citizen of the
Year' organizations honored by BALF including Peet's Coffee & Tea; Chevron;
Kaiser Permanente; NUMMI and KB Home.
Bruce Schroder, executive vice president and COO of Jamba Juice will accept
the award on behalf of Jamba Juice in recognition of the company's commitment
and support of schools and communities across the Bay Area. At last year's
event, BALF raised more than $127,000 to support its college access fund and
high school mentoring program for low-income, high-potential students in the
"We are honored to recognize Jamba Juice as the Foundation's Corporate Citizen
of the Year, " said James Seay, chairman of the board for the Bay Area
Leadership Foundation. "As a company based in the Bay Area they have dedicated
themselves to giving back to young people in the community through their jobs
program, healthy living campaigns and grants."
For more than 20 years Emeryville-based Jamba Juice has been dedicated to its
mission of inspiring and simplifying healthy living.
Jamba Juice is proud to work with numerous nonprofit organizations in the Bay
Area, including the Treasure Island Job Corps and the United Way, through
their National Hiring Day summer jobs initiative for disadvantaged youth.
Jamba also works in partnership with Junior Achievement and McClymonds High
School in Oakland on the "Be an Entrepreneur" program and supports local
schools through fundraising and school lunch programs.
James D. White, chairman, president and CEO of Jamba Juice is the Executive
Chair of the Northern California Chapter of the American Heart Association
(AHA). Under his leadership, Jamba Juice has accepted the AHA challenge to
educate its customers about heart disease and is committed to raising more
than $50,000 to support this worthwhile cause. In addition Jamba's Team Up For
a Healthy America campaign leads national partners in addressing childhood
obesity through donations of athletic equipment to schools in need.
Each year, the Bay Area Leadership Foundation honors companies and individuals
who have made a major impact for the betterment of the Bay Area
community.This year at the May 4^th awards event, BALF will also recognize
Vintage Foster, local business leader and BALF founder as Citizen of the Year,
and Kennedy High School student Yaneiri Hernandez Ochoa with its Youth Award.
Proceeds from the Bay Area Leadership Awards gala will support local Bay Area
students pursuing college education as a way to succeed and who are committed
to giving back to the disadvantaged neighborhoods in which they live. Over the
past 12 years, the Foundation has served over 200 deserving youth in the East
and South Bay.
Tickets for the 12^th Annual Bay Area Leadership Awards scheduled for
Saturday, May 4th at the Blackhawk Auto Museum, Danville, CA are available
at:510.622.7881 or online at www.eblf.org. Presenting sponsor – Wells Fargo,
scholar sponsor – Garaventa Enterprises
About Jamba Juice Company Founded in 1990, Jamba Juice Company (Nasdaq:JMBA)
is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you, specialty beverage and
food offerings, which include great tasting, whole fruit smoothies, fresh
squeezed juices and juice blends, hot coffee and teas, hot oatmeal, breakfast
wraps, bistro sandwiches and mini-wraps, California Flatbreads™, frozen
yogurt, and a variety of baked goods and snacks. Jamba-branded products for
at-home enjoyment are also available through select retailers across the
nation and in Jamba outlets. As of January 1, 2013, there were 809 store
locations globally. Jamba is a proud sponsor of "Team Up for a Healthy
America" in the fight against childhood obesity and encourages fans to join
the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to
getting kids active and involved at www.myhealthpledge.com.
Fans of Jamba Juice can learn more about specific offerings and promotions,
and find a location near them by visiting the Jamba Juice website at
www.JambaJuice.com, becoming a Jamba insider at www.JambaJuice.com/insider,
liking our page on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JambaJuice, following us on
Twitter at www.Twitter.com/JambaJuice or by contacting Jamba's Guest Services
team at 1-866-4R-FRUIT (473-7848).
About the Bay Area Leadership Foundation The Bay Area Leadership Foundation
(BALF) helps underserved high school students achieve success in high school,
college and beyond. BALF supports students who may not have the resources to
pursue a college education reach their full potential. BALF offers mentoring,
life skills development, guidance through the college access process, and help
securing college funding. Since 2001, the organization has provided support
for college to underserved students in the East and South Bay. Visit
www.eblf.org to learn more.
CONTACT: For Jamba Juice Company
Gwynneth Dodge, AMF Media Group
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