Port Washington, NY, September, 2005 – Cary Crane, Executive Vice President and co-founder of the Port Washington-based juice company Apple & Eve, is being honored by Rock and Wrap It Up! for his efforts on behalf of Apple & Eve to help fight hunger nationwide. Crane, who lives in Plainview, will be presented with the 2005 Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Award at a special dinner being held on October 25 at Vento Trattoria in New York City — where he will be recognized by the volunteer hunger relief organization for Apple & Eve’s longstanding commitment and contributions in helping to feed the hungry.
Over the past number of years, Apple & Eve has donated thousands of cases of juice to the organization to help those who are in need. The award is named for the late Congressman Bill Emerson, who was instrumental in writing legislation which facilitates the pickup and delivery of donated perishable food. Past recipients of this prestigious award include Former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, syndicated columnist Liz Smith, Pi Lambda Phi International Fraternity and Detroit Tiger pitcher Mike Maroth and his wife Brooke.
“Through years of generous contributions and donations, Apple & Eve has helped us in our goal of feeding hundreds of thousands who hunger throughout the United States,” says Syd Mandelbaum, CEO and Founder of Rock and Wrap It Up!. “Apple & Eve has been a dependable and trusted partner with our organization, and we’re happy to be honoring Cary Crane for his dedication and commitment to our cause.”
Rock and Wrap It Up! (www.rockandwrapitup.org) is an international food collection volunteer service serving the music industry in its fight to alleviate hunger around the world, with a mission of feeding all those who hunger using safely recovered edible leftover food. The organization, which was founded by Mandelbaum in 1990, picks up food leftover from backstage catering and other venues and brings it to local soup kitchens and shelters. Since its inception, more than 15,000,000 pounds of food have been picked up, feeding more than 30,000,000 people. Rock and Wrap It Up! now has more than 150 bands participating in the program, with recent tours contracting food recovery including Jack Johnson, Tom Petty, The Black Crowes, Avril Lavigne, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Ozzfest, The Allman Brothers Band, Judas Priest, The String Cheese Incident and Linkin Park.
Rock and Wrap It Up! currently has more than 5,000 volunteers in more than 500 cities helping to recover food to further their mission of feeding all those who hunger. In addition to serving the music industry in food recovery efforts, programs have now evolved to other areas, and now also include the Sports Wrap! Program where food is recovered from national sports team clubhouses and stadiums, the Rock and Wrap it Up! School Program and College Wrap! Program and the Rock and Wrap it Up! Mayors Initiative, which is being implemented in more than 150 cities nationwide.
ABOUT APPLE & EVE
Apple & Eve is one of the largest independently owned juice companies in the U.S., with total sales exceeding $160 million. Founded in 1975 by Gordon and Cary Crane and headquartered in Port Washington, NY, the company is known for its great tasting, innovative, and healthy beverage products. Apple & Eve markets a complete line of juices and premium cocktails, including Apple & Eve 100% pure and natural juices and juice blends, the Apple & Eve Organics juice line, and Made-in-the-Shade juice cocktails. Apple & Eve also markets the Sesame Street line of calcium-fortified juices for children. Apple & Eve products are found in supermarkets, mass merchants, warehouse clubs, drug stores, health food stores and convenience stores across the country.