ST. LOUIS, June 5 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Anheuser-Busch and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) are teaming up for the Bud Light Homers for Education program, which will raise money for Latino scholarships throughout the 2008 Major League Baseball season. Seven Major League Baseball teams are participating. For every home run hit by these teams at home this season, Anheuser-Busch and its local distributor will donate $100 to HSF, up to $10,000 per team. At the end of the season, Anheuser-Busch will present a check to the HSF at a pre-game, on-field ceremony.
“This year, a homer is more than a run on the scoreboard, it’s a victory for Latino students across the country,” said Jesús Rangel, vice president, sales development and community relations, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. “Bud Light Homers for Education is one of many ways we’ve teamed up with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund during the past 25 years. Together, we’ve raised more than $23 million and awarded more than 18,000 scholarships to Latino students nationwide.”
Participating teams include: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals.
“For more than two decades, Anheuser-Busch and its family of wholesalers have joined with us to help deserving students realize their dreams,” said Frank D. Alvarez, president and CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund. “The Bud Light Homers for Education program is one more way the company helps us achieve our goal of advancing higher education among Hispanic Americans.”
Anheuser-Busch is the brewer of Bud Light and Budweiser, the Official Beer of Major League Baseball, the MLB World Series and a sponsor of 26 of the league’s 30 teams, including the teams participating in the Bud Light Homers for Education program.
Anheuser-Busch’s support of the Latino community dates back more than a century. The company supports approximately 400 community-based, local and national Latino organizations with contributions totaling more than $58 million during the past two decades. Anheuser-Busch’s efforts in the Latino community focus on values such as education, leadership development, economic empowerment, public advocacy and arts and culture. As a result, the company has the No. 1 and No. 2 beer brands in the Latino market — Bud Light and Budweiser. To learn more about these efforts, please visit www.Latinobud.com .
As the nation’s preeminent Latino scholarship organization, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. During the 2006-2007 academic year, HSF awarded nearly 4,200 scholarships exceeding $26.5 million. In its 32-year history, HSF has awarded more than 82,000 scholarships worth more than $221 million to Latinos attending nearly 2,000 colleges and universities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information about HSF, please visit: www.hsf.net .