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Hood® Simply Smart® Milk Recognizes Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc.’s Dottie Berger MacKinnon for Her Dedication to Making a Difference in Tampa


Tampa, FL (October 09, 2011)

Hood® Simply Smart® Milk and Chris Evert, Simply Smart spokesperson and tennis legend, presented Dottie Berger MacKinnon, Founder of The Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc., with a $7,500 donation at an event held today at the Glazer Children's Museum. MacKinnon was announced in May as the receipient of the "Make a Difference, Taste a Difference" program for her dedication and commitment to helping foster children and serving as their voice."On behalf of the Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, we are pleased to accept this donation and recognition from Hood Simply Smart Milk's "Make a Difference, Taste a Difference Campagin," said Dottie Berger MacKinnon, founder of The Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc. "For the past two decades, I have served as an advocate for foster children and it has been my mission to provide them with a voice that they didn't have. The donation will help organization in its mission to continue to raise the bar on how foster kids are treated."The Simply Smart "Make a Difference, Taste a Difference" program recognizes local women making a difference in their communities. Dottie Berger MacKinnon is one of three recipients throughout the country  being acknowledged for her accomplishments. MacKinnon, who founded the Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc. in 2005, continues to make a difference in the lives of children whether it is for an individual child or for the entire foster child system. The other women being honored for their great work are Sharon Reilly of The Women's Lunch Place, Boston, Mass., and Liz Salguero of Circle of Care, Wilton, Conn. Consumers helped each of these women Make a Difference in their communities by downloading a coupon for Simply Smart Milk at BeSimplySmart.com from May through July 2011. For every coupon redeemed, Simply Smart Milk pledged 25 cents (up to $7,500) to Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc., and the other honored organizations. "It's a true honor to recognize Dottie Berger MacKinnon, of Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc. as part of the Hood Simply Smart "Make a Difference, Taste a Difference" program with a donation to the Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc. organization for $7,500" said Chris Evert. "It is important for everyone to not only make a difference in their community but also for their families in their everyday choices. The women being recognized by Hood for their efforts are true examples of how their dedication and hard work are leaving a lasting imprint on their communities.""With Simply Smart Milk, you can taste a difference - all the taste without all the fat. We're proud that consumers helped Make a Difference in their local communities by honoring three exceptional women and the organizations they support," said Elizabeth Underhill, Senior Marketing Manager, HP Hood. "Acknowledging Dottie and Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc.,  for the work they do to help local women  make the right choices for themselves, their families and their communities is important."For more information, visit www.BeSimplySmart.com. About the Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc.Kids Charitly of Tampa Bay, Inc. (www.kidscharitytb.org), serves all foster children throughout the Tampa Bay area. The Kids Charity of Tampa Bay improves the quality of life for abused, abandoned and neglected childrenby providing advocacy, opportunities, support and resources. Dottie Berger McKinnon, founded Kids Charity of Tampa Bay, Inc. in 2005. Kids Charity of Tampa Bay improves the quality of life for foster children and foster families throughout the Tampa Bay area. One of the community initiatives of Kids Charity of Tampa Bay is A Kids Place which is a 60-bed Residential Care Facility in Hillsborough County which provides stability to the system of care. This is the only program that keeps siblings, newborn through 17 year olds, together in a home-like setting with house parents until a placement can be found to take all the siblings together. Until A Kids Place opened, siblings were split in different foster homes. About HoodFounded in 1846, today Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States.  Hood is the number-one dairy brand in New England, and Hood's portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Hood, Crowley Foods, Simply Smart Milk, Heluva Good!, LACTAID®, BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers, HERSHEY®'S Milk and Milkshakes, Fiber One® Cottage Cheese and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®. For more information about Hood, please visit Hood.com. ###Contact:Sarah BarowHP Hood LLC617-887-8455

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