WESTPORT, Conn., Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Newman's Own, the company that donates 100 percent of its profits to charity, today announced the winner of the first-ever "Greens for Good" Recipe Contest, and Amy Hudson of Harrisburg, PA has claimed the grand prize for her "Ain't No Cure for the Summer-time Blues" salad. Newman's Own will now make a $35,000 donation in Hudson's name to The Vista School, the nonprofit organization that inspired her entry.
Hundreds of selfless salad lovers from around the country shared salad recipes and dressing pairings on Newman's Own Facebook Page in hopes of taking home some green for a charity close to their hearts.
"When I first learned of Greens for Good, it immediately spoke to me; cooking and The Vista School have always been longtime passions of mine," said Hudson, Grand Prize Winner of Newman's Own Greens for Good, who paired her salad with Newman's Own Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette. "I am so fortunate for this experience and to be able to help a charity that has influenced my family's life in such positive ways."
Amy's winning salad, Ain't No Cure for the Summer-time Blues, included boneless skinless chicken breasts, blueberries, bleu cheese crumbles, bibb lettuce, bacon, avocado, tomatoes and grilled corn. Amy's salad aligned with Newman's Own giving area of "Encouraging Philanthropy." The other Newman's Own giving areas that contestants paired their entries with include: "Empowerment," "Children with Life Limiting Conditions" and "Nutrition."
"We are so pleased that people across the country were passionate about joining a different kind of contest, designed to benefit communities and the greater good," said David Best, Executive Vice President, Newman's Own, Inc. "Newman's Own has always strived to enrich the world in which we live and we are thrilled to be able to make a donation to The Vista School charity, which brings state-of-the-art special education and therapeutic services to children living with autism in Central Pennsylvania."
In addition to the $35,000 Grand Prize, Newman's Own is making a $1,000 donation to the all of the top five finalists' chosen charities:
- Juliana Palmcook – (Wausau, WI) Hearts of Healing Salad with Newman's Own Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette. Charity: The Women's Community
- Sarah Karlson – (Oakland, CA) Massaged Kale Salad with Newman's Own Balsamic Vinaigrette. Charity: City Slicker Farms
- Megan Huffman – (Greer, SC) Herb & Lemon Salmon Salad with Newman's Own Parmesan & Roasted Garlic Dressing. Charity: The Meyer Center for Special Children
- Kimberly Shelton – (Philadelphia, PA) Summer Jar Salad with Newman's Own Lite Lime Vinaigrette. Charity: Fair Food Philly
Salad recipes were judged by a panel of experts and then narrowed down to five finalists for public voting. From October 20, 2014 to November 1, 2014, salad lovers and philanthropists voted for their favorite salad/non-profit pairing at Facebook.com/NewmansOwn. Consumer voting accounted for 10 percent of each salad aficionado's score and the remaining percentage was evaluated against the criteria of taste, creativity/innovation of recipe and inspiration for selection of charitable organization.
About Newman's Own
Newman's Own, Inc., founded by Paul Newman in 1982, offers more than 100 varieties of great tasting, food and beverage products made with the finest ingredients. Its range of products includes salad dressings, pasta sauces, salsa, frozen pizza, frozen skillet meals, microwave popcorn, and refrigerated lemonades. Newman's Own Foundation continues Paul Newman's commitment to donate all profits to charity. More than $400 million has been given to thousands of charities since 1982. Learn more at newmansown.com and newmansownfoundation.org
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