MIAMI, March 9 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Budweiser family of beers and the Anheuser-Busch distributors of South Florida are donating $20,000 to fund Latino higher education scholarships through a retail promotion benefiting the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation. The promotion runs through March 15, the day of the Calle Ocho Festival.
“When we awarded our first scholarships in 1987, Budweiser was one of our first sponsors, and the company has supported us every year since,” said Carlos Halley, chairman, Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation. “Together we have awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to Latino students in South Florida.”
Budweiser family and the Anheuser-Busch distributors are donating 25 cents per case for every Budweiser, Bud Light and Budweiser Select 18-pack of bottles and cans sold at all 30 Sedano’s Supermarkets locations. The scholarships will be awarded to Latino students in South Florida to fund tuition and books over the four years of their college career. Scholarship recipients also receive mentoring and counseling to help them prepare for graduation and entry into the workforce. The Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation is the charitable arm of Carnaval Miami, which celebrates Latino culture in South Florida by organizing the Calle Ocho Festival each year. The donation will be presented at the Calle Ocho annual gala in Miami on March 13.
“For more than 100 years, Anheuser-Busch has supported the Latino community as part of our tradition of giving back to the communities where we live and work,” said Paco Bendana, director of community affairs and consumer outreach, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. “The major focus of these efforts has been supporting higher education. We’re proud to partner with the Kiwanis of Little Havana in their efforts to expand access to higher education for Latinos in South Florida.”
“Sedano’s is honored to once again be a partner in supporting education and we commend the efforts of Anheuser-Busch, leaders in supporting Hispanic education initiatives like this one, and the Kiwanis of Little Havana Foundation,” said Javier Herran, director of marketing, Sedano’s Supermarkets. “We are pleased to join with them to make Carnaval Miami not only a celebration, but an opportunity to help local students reach their higher education goals. It is gratifying to know that the dollars raised will go to South Florida students.”
Anheuser-Busch has supported approximately 400 community-based, local and national Latino organizations with contributions totaling nearly $60 million during the past two decades alone. Anheuser-Busch currently sponsors the Mexican National Soccer Team, Chivas de Guadalajara, WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Angel Torres and UFC Lightweight Efrain Escudero. Anheuser-Busch’s efforts focus on values such as education, environment, economic development, minority affairs and arts and culture. 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 http://www.Latinobud.com.
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 49.2 percent share of U.S. beer sales. The company brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading brewer. Anheuser-Busch ranked No. 1 among beverage companies in FORTUNE Magazine’s Most Admired Global Companies list in 2009. Anheuser-Busch is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and one of the world’s largest recyclers of aluminum cans. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information, visit http://www.anheuser-busch.com.