National sweepstakes will also raise up to $35,000 for The Salvation Army
Austin, TX (May, 2016) – Entenmann’s® Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU), is again partnering with The Salvation Army for National Donut Day, celebrated this year on Friday, June 3, 2016. In the Austin area, to commemorate the historical day, the day’s events will include Entenmann’s® donut distribution at the Austin Veteran’s Administration clinic as well as Williamson & Travis County police, EMS and fire departments.
The Salvation Army founded National Donut Day in 1938 to pay tribute to “Donut Lassies”, female volunteers, who provided writing supplies, clothes-mending, home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines in WWI. For the 6th consecutive year, Entenmann’s® will be joining The Salvation Army to honor this day with co-branded Entenmann’s® Bakery boxes, including the company’s roll-out of the new Rich Frosted Party Sprinkled Donut. In addition, Entenmann’s® Bakery will donate $1 to The Salvation Army for each ‘Win Free Donuts for a Year’ Facebook Sweepstakes entry received during the campaign, up to $35,000. In addition, a local social media contest invites people to share their Donut Day stories in a public post using #NationalDonutDay and tagging Salvation Army Austin on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to be entered to win one of three Donut Day mugs.
“With the support of Entenmann’s®, we are glad for the opportunity to share National Donut Day with our community. For The Salvation Army, the donut is a symbol of our service, a legacy we continue to uphold as we have done for 128 years in Travis & Williamson Counties,” said Area Commander, Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez.
“We are honored to have The Salvation Army as our National Donut Day partner for the 6th consecutive year, and proud to be a part of their efforts to help families around the world by raising funds through our National Donut Day campaign,” said Maureen Sticco, Director of Entenmann’s® Marketing Services. “We are also looking forward to the ‘Win Free Donuts for a Year’ Facebook sweepstakes, reaching Entenmann’s® fans everywhere so they can be part of our National Donut Day celebration and have a chance to win their own parties at home.”
To learn more about The Salvation Army and the Entenmann’s® partnership, visit http://bitly.com/EntenmannsNDD
Entenmann’s® New Rich Frosted Party Sprinkled Donuts:
In keeping with the 2016 party celebration theme, Entenmann’s® Bakery has created a brand new sweet and iconic treat to celebrate National Donut Day. The new Entenmann’s® Rich Frosted Party Sprinkled Donut combines the classic fan favorite Rich Frosted Donut dusted with of splash of/coated/dusted with colorful party sprinkles.
The new donuts hit store shelves in April right in time for this year’s National Donut Day celebration. It will join the Entenmann’s® donut family which includes the renowned Rich Frosted and Crumb Topped Donuts (aka Mr. and Mrs. Rich Frosted,) in addition to seasonal favorites like the Lemon, Harvest Pumpkin and Cider Donuts.
Entenmann’s® Facebook Sweepstakes:
As a part of the 2016 National Donut Day festivities and through the “Win Free Donuts for a Year” Facebook sweeps, Entenmann’s® Bakery will not only be awarding 10 Grand Prizes of one year of free Entenmann’s® donuts at the end of Sweepstakes period, and awarding 100 lucky fans Party Pack Prizes that include everything they’ll need to throw their own National Donut Day party at home. The 100 Party Packs Prizes (value $75 each) will be awarded in advance of National Donut Day; the package includes (4) $7 Entenmann’s® Coupons, Entenmann’s® Party Napkins and Plates, an Entenmann’s® National Donut Day T-Shirt and a Rich Frosted Donut Plush Toy with a party hat.
Starting April 1, 2016, the Sweepstakes link will be on the Entenmann’s® Facebook page. For every consumer (fan or not) that enters the Facebook “Win Free Donuts for a Year” sweepstakes, $1 will be donated to The Salvation Army, up to $35,000. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 2, 2016. Winners will be randomly selected from all submissions. Official Rules can be found at www.entenmanns.com. No purchase necessary.
National Donut Day’s Freshly Baked History:
The holiday, held annually on the first Friday of June, was established by The Salvation Army in 1938 in Chicago to honor the “Donut Lassies,” who served these treats to soldiers during World War I, and to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression.
The donuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, “doughboys.” This significant occasion established the donut as a long-standing symbol of the services The Salvation Army continues to provide. Today, The Salvation Army continues to provide meals, including donuts, and numerous other services to clients who visit The Salvation Army programs daily.
“We are grateful for loyal partners like Entenmann’s®, who have proven to be exceptional in their efforts to support our mission of goodwill. We look forward to making the 2016 National Donut Day an unforgettable occasion,” said Colonel Ron Busroe, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army.
About Entenmann’s® Bakery
Founded in 1898, Entenmann’s® Bakery has over 100 sweet baked goods, including donuts, Little Bites®, crumb cakes and chocolate chip cookies. Entenmann’s® products are baked by the Bimbo Bakeries USA companies (BBU). BBU is a leader in the baking industries known for its category leading brands, innovative products, freshness and quality. Our team of more than 25,000 U.S. associates operates 69 manufacturing locations in the United States. 13,500 distribution routes deliver our leading brands such as Arnold®, Bimbo®, Boboli®, Brownberry®, Entenmann’s®, Francisco®, Freihofer’s®, Heiner’s™, Marinela®, Mrs Baird’s®, Oroweat®, Sara Lee®, Stroehmann®, Thomas’®, and Tia Rosa®. More information about Bimbo Bakeries USA companies’ full line of products can be found at http://www.bimbobakeriesusa.com and www.entenmanns.com.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 150 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Jan Gunter, Director of Communications 512-634-5910 Jan.Gunter@uss.salvationarmy.org