Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, World Champion and Three-Time Medalist Aly Raisman Inspire Young Gymnasts at Toms River Stop & Shop VIP Event

Raisman to Offer Advice, Reflect on Her Personal Journey, and Celebrate the Importance of Always Doing Your Best

Jun 08, 2013, 06:30 ET from Nestle Waters North America

TOMS RIVER, N.J., June 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and three-time medalist Aly Raisman are welcomed today by the Toms River, New Jersey, Stop & Shop as part of a special event celebrating what it means to "Be Your Best." Raisman will host young gymnasts from the local YMCA and the Ocean Gymnastics Academy during an exclusive meet and greet which later opens up to the general public for an autograph signing.

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"From capturing gold in London to dancing with celebrities on national television every week for the past few months, the past year has been incredible," said Raisman. "Meeting with the YMCA and Ocean Gymnastics Academy gymnasts here in Toms River is a great way for me to connect with the younger generation of gymnasts and share with them the importance of hard work and always doing your best, and I am happy to be a part of this event with Poland Spring 100% Natural Spring Water. Poland Spring has been my water of choice through my years of training and competing, and it's wonderful that they support me and share my vision to be the best I can be, both in and out of the gym."

Raisman will greet fans at the Stop & Shop supermarket located at 353 Route 37 East in Toms River, NJ after sharing her advice with the VIP crowd of young gymnasts. As they mingle with Aly and enjoy samples of Poland Spring, visitors can add to the interactive "Wall of Better" where they'll be invited to consider what "better" means to them and write it on gold medals.

Poland Spring proudly provides pure quality natural spring water from only carefully selected springs, a tradition that started in 1845. These sources lead to its high quality and great taste. Another New England icon, Stop & Shop, has been in the grocery business for almost one hundred years, and continues its commitment to providing a better place to work and shop. Both iconic brands provide healthful options to individuals and families.

"The tag for Poland Spring is 'Born Better,' and Stop & Shop has a mission to 'be better every day while staying true to company values,'" said Arlene Putterman, spokeswoman for Stop & Shop New York Metro Division. "We are pleased to celebrate our partnership with Poland Spring."

"Aly's accomplishments and enthusiasm continue to define what 'Better' means, and Poland Spring is thrilled to partner with her and Stop & Shop for this exciting event," said Angela Barile, Group Marketing Manager, Nestle Waters North America. "Poland Spring and Stop & Shop have had a shared mission to provide healthful beverage options to consumers. We believe partnerships such as this help people live better, wholesome and more healthful lives."

To learn more about Poland Spring, please visit the brand on Facebook at www.facebook.com/polandspring. To learn more about Stop & Shop please visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

About Nestle Waters North America
With 36 years of experience providing refreshment in the bottled water segment, Nestle Waters North America is the nation's leading bottled water company. The company produces six regional natural spring water brands in the U.S., distributes three international brands, produces Nestle® Pure Life®, its nationally distributed purified bottled water, and most recently, added ready-to-drink iced teas. The company's dedication to quality products, employee development, bringing shared value to communities, and its commitment to environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, energy and packaging, has led Nestle Waters North America to be third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S.

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 63,000 associates and operates more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children's educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA's Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com.

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