MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Like a good cup of coffee, a great cause has a way of bringing people together. Through Caribou Coffee Cares, we're teaming up with the Minnesota Vikings, the Minnesota Gophers and Love Your Melon to support University of Minnesota's Masonic Children's Hospital. Because, as a team, we can give better by giving together!
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Caribou Coffee Cares will look to give back with our hometown partners. 10% of proceeds from Vikings Blend, Row the Boat Gopher Blend, and our brand new exclusive Love Your Melon beanies will go back to University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
Front Row: Kayleen Tecker, Caribou Coffee Partnership Marketing / Nicholas Engbloom, UofM Masonic Children's Hospital Director of Community Partnerships / Lindsey Johnson, Love Your Melon Custom Program Director / Jenifer Hagness, Caribou Coffee VP of Innovation & Marketing / Elizabeth Patty, UofM Masonic Children's Hospital Associate Vice President of Development / Tanya Dreesen, MN Vikings VP of Partnership Activation / Brett Diamond, MN Vikings Director of Partnership Activation
Middle Row: Charlie Carlisle, Love Your Melon COO / Nate Swenson, MN Vikings Partnership Activation / Aaron Naft, Love Your Melon Corporate Director / Zachary Quinn, Love Your Melon President and Co-Founder / PJ Fleck, Gopher Football Head Coach / John Penhollow, MN Vikings VP of Corporate Partnerships / Kendall Harrell, Caribou Coffee Sr. Director of Human Resources
Back Row: Nate Schultz, Gopher Sports Properties Director of Business Development / John Cunningham, Deputy Athletic Director UofM Athletics / John Butcher, Caribou Coffee President / Kevin Warren, MN Vikings Chief Operating Officer
Caribou Coffee Partners With Love Your Melon
Caribou Coffee and Love Your Melon teamed up to create two exclusive beanies that will only be available for purchase at Caribou Coffee locations and on CaribouCoffee.com. The beanies will be available in all Caribou locations and online starting August 30th, and 10% of proceeds will go back to University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
"It is a natural fit for Love Your Melon to partner with Caribou Coffee as we have similar corporate philosophies and share a home in Minnesota. We are proud to provide customers with our high-quality products in Caribou stores this fall and team up to make a difference for children and families battling cancer," said Zachary Quinn, President and Co-Founder of Love Your Melon.
This limited-edition medium roast blend is available in 10-ounce ground bags at all Minnesota Caribou locations and on CaribouCoffee.com. 10% of proceeds from the Vikings Blend sold at Caribou locations and online will go to University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Vikings Blend is also available in most Minnesota grocery stores, and k-cups will be available in early September.
Row The Boat Gopher Blend
Back by popular demand for its second Gopher football season, this limited-edition medium roast, both bold and spirited, is designed to fuel the passion of Gopher fans. 10% of proceeds from Row the Boat Gopher Blend sold in all Minnesota Caribou locations and on CaribouCoffee.com will go to University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
"Working together we can give even more," says Kayleen Tecker, Partnership Marketing Manager at Caribou Coffee. "Our guests have been loving Row the Boat Gopher Blend and our brand new, Vikings Blend already this fall. We couldn't be more excited to partner with Love Your Melon, who also calls Minnesota home. All three partners already work closely with University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. We are proud to join this team to support kids and families battling cancer in our hometown."
About Caribou Coffee
Founded in 1992, Caribou Coffee is the second largest company-operated premium coffeehouse in the United States with more than 263 company-owned stores and over 50 Coffee & Bagels stores in partnership with Einstein Bros. Bagels, over 140 domestic license locations in 19 states and 268 international franchise stores in 12 countries. Caribou Coffee provides high quality, handcrafted beverages and food options to fuel life's adventures, both big and small. Known for a commitment to sustainability, the Company was the first major U.S. coffeehouse to serve 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ coffees and espresso.
About University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital:
University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital brings hope and healing to children and families by caring for one child at a time, while advancing education, research, and innovation on behalf of all children. By working as one health care team centered on its youngest patients, University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and pediatric clinics create exceptional care experiences for children and their families in Minnesota and around the world.
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