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Admiral Mike Mullen & Bob Forrester at the Salute for those who Serve. Photo Courtesy of Kimball Stroud.

At its “Tribute to those who Serve,” the Newman’s Own Foundation honored American troops by giving to military nonprofits.

Admiral Mike Mullen & Bob Forrester at the Salute for those who Serve. Photo Courtesy of Kimball Stroud.
Admiral Mike Mullen & Bob Forrester at the Salute for those who Serve.

After all American troops have sacrificed, one foundation decided it was time to give back. During its “Tribute to Those Who Serve” held at the Library of Congress, Newman’s Own Foundation awarded grants to military nonprofits that sustain the efforts of American armed forces and their families. The evening was an outpouring of support, not only from the foundation but from attendees, such as Rep. John Larson and Rep. Walter Jones, who were two of the evening’s Honorary Co-Chairs. Special Guest Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, also demonstrated his support at the event.

Though the event was extraordinary, it was only another step in the legacy of the Newman’s Own Foundation. Paul Newman, the beloved actor from films such as Cool Hand Luke, launched Newman’s Own over 25 years ago. The business, whose product- delectable lemonades and salad dressings- are found on tables across the country, was never meant for personal gain. Since it’s inception, Paul and his foundation have gifen the profits earned by Newman’s Own to charity.

Christina Sevilla & Captain Francis Hoang. Photo Courtesy of Kimball Stroud.
Christina Sevilla & Captain Francis Hoang.

The donation to nonprofits supporting the military is a perfect way for the foundation to continue it’s charitable giving and also honor Newman, who served in the Naval Air Corps before entering the entertainment industry. The Newman’s Own Foundation gave $2.5 million to military nonprofits, including worthy organizations such as Armed Services YMCA, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, and the National Military Family Association.

Grants with Admiral Mullen and Newman’s Own Foundation CEO Bob Forrester, and musical performers 4Troops. Photo Courtesy of Kimball Stroud.
Grants with Admiral Mullen and Newman’s Own Foundation CEO Bob Forrester, and musical performers 4Troops.

Among the many others who stepped out to demonstrate their support of the Foundation’s decision were Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Rep. Chris Murphy, and Rep. Glenn Thompson.

Guests couldn’t help but be moved by the words of Newman’s Own Foundation President Robert Forrester, who announced, “we feel it is especially important to support those organizations that serve military personnel and their families, in a way which hopefully will draw the attention of others to step forward and express their gratitude to all who have and do serve.” One can only hope that his words, and the example of the Newman’s Own Foundation, take root.

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