We're pleased to be joined at this year's Winter Expo by Jennifer Richmond, Director of Public Affairs & Communications for Coca-Cola North America Group to personally present a donation to OCBC Earn A Bike program. Here are the details, and some background, from our press release:
At the 7:30 intermission during the Winter Expo Fashion Show, OCBC Director Jim Sheehan and Board President Krissie Wells will accept a giant check from the Coca-Cola Foundation to fund a significant expansion of the group’s Earn A Bike program, which enables Cleveland area youth to gain bike repair and safe riding skills while they earn a donated, used bike that they help refurbish, along with a new helmet and lock.
“We’re excited to have Coca-Cola’s great support of the youth education program that OCBC was founded around, just at a time when we are ready for a major expansion; now that we have settled into our big new facility, added staff and an energetic core crew of key volunteers, and have established strong partnerships in the community,” said Sheehan.
“For 128 years Coca-Cola has brought people and communities together,” said Randy Cornette, Director of Sales and Marketing for Cleveland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. “Today, we’re continuing that tradition by building programs to promote energy balance and encourage active, healthy living. Through collaborative partnerships and programs, Coca-Cola is delivering more beverage choices, calorie information and physical activity opportunities than ever before. Through this Coca-Cola Foundation grant, we have an opportunity to make a real difference right here in Cleveland.”
About the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op
OCBC is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, cooperative bicycle education center offering riding and repair classes; refurbished used bikes for sale or rent; hands-on learning and shop credit for volunteering; and public bike-repair shop use, advice, and assistance.
Co-op membership includes discounts on these and more products and services, and -- along with grants and donations -- supports additional bicycle education programs presented with schools, businesses, social service agencies, and many other partners organizations.
About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company’s portfolio features 17 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke,Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.
About The Coca-Cola Foundation
Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $660 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, women’s empowerment, active healthy living, and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go tohttp://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/the-coca-cola-foundation.