MIllerCoors and Project C.U.R.E. First Ladies' Luncheon
Project C.U.R.E. and MillerCoors to Welcome the First Lady of Ghana
to Colorado for First Ladies’ Luncheon in Denver
Third-Annual Fundraiser will Raise Awareness of Global Healthcare Needs and Support Delivery of Much-Needed Medical Relief to the People of Ghana
DENVER, July 13, 2009 – Local nonprofit Project C.U.R.E. announced today its third-annual First Ladies’ Luncheon will be held in Denver July 23 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. This year’s luncheon, sponsored by MillerCoors, will honor and welcome her Excellency, Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills, the first lady of Ghana. The annual fundraising event raises awareness of global healthcare needs and supports the delivery of life-saving medical supplies and equipment to medical professionals, and patients under their care, in Ghana.
Mrs. Naadu Mills will work with Project C.U.R.E to select healthcare facilities where the supplies and equipment are most needed. Joining Mrs. Naadu Mills in raising awareness about healthcare needs in Ghana are honorary co-chairs first lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter, Susan Kiely of MillerCoors, former first lady of Colorado Frances Owens and former first lady of Denver Wilma Webb. Anne Trujillo, news anchor for Channel 7, will emcee the event.
“We are thrilled to join MillerCoors in hosting the first lady of Ghana for this historic event, and I am grateful to those in the community who have agreed to participate in the Luncheon,” said Dr. Douglas Jackson, president and CEO of Project C.U.R.E. “The funds raised through the Luncheon will be multiplied nearly 20 times to improve health and save lives in Ghana through the delivery of medical supplies and equipment. Together, we’re changing the world!”
Project C.U.R.E. expects approximately 1,800 of the city and state’s business and community leaders to attend this invitation-only luncheon.
“It is a great honor to partner with Project C.U.R.E. in hosting Mrs. Naadu Mills for the First Ladies’ Luncheon,” said Cornell Boggs, MillerCoors chief responsibility and ethics officer. “Though we have a legacy of helping communities where we operate in the U.S., this is such a great opportunity to help needy communities across the globe and make an impact in the lives of families and children.” Boggs noted that MillerCoors relationship with Project C.U.R.E. has grown over the years. To date, MillerCoors employees have contributed hundreds of hours volunteering at the Project C.U.R.E. sorting and distribution center in Centennial, Colorado.
The Project C.U.R.E. First Ladies’ Luncheon is an annual fundraising event featuring first ladies from around the world. Project C.U.R.E. welcomed Señora Ana Ligia de Saca, the first lady of El Salvador, for the inaugural First Ladies’ Luncheon in Denver in 2006, during which more than $70,000 was raised to deliver medical relief to El Salvador.
In 2008, Mrs. Margarita Zavala, the first lady of Mexico, was the keynote speaker at the second-annual First Ladies’ Luncheon in Denver, where she helped to raise $150,000 to deliver more than $2.5 million in medical relief to the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco.
The goal for the First Ladies’ Luncheon honoring the first lady of Ghana is to raise enough money to deliver more than $2 million in medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics in Ghana.
Project C.U.R.E. also hosted first lady of Belize Ms. Kim Simplis for the inaugural First Ladies’ Luncheon in Phoenix, Ariz. Nearly 900 people attended the event in November of 2008, at which enough money was raised to deliver nearly $2 million in medical relief to people in need in Belize.
For more information contact Lana Jefferson Taussig at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 303-792-0729.
About Project C.U.R.E.
The registered trademark of the Benevolent Healthcare Foundation, Project C.U.R.E. is a nonprofit, humanitarian relief organization that delivers donated medical supplies, equipment and services to medical professionals and the patients under their care in developing countries. Currently, Project C.U.R.E. is the world’s largest organization of its kind, delivering on average two 40-ft. cargo containers of medical relief every week. Since its inception in 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to people in need in more than 120 countries worldwide. Project C.U.R.E. is headquartered in Centennial, Colo., outside of Denver. Distribution centers are located in Centennial, Colo., Phoenix, Ariz.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Houston, Texas. Project C.U.R.E. collection centers are located in Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin, Texas; Basalt, Colo., Brooklyn, N.Y., Grand Junction, Colo., Harrisburg, Pa.; Ithaca, N.Y., Lexington, Ky.; Sarasota, Fla., Tampa, Fla. For more information, visit www.projectcure.org.
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