Dean Foods to be Honored at 24th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon as Outstanding Corporation

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Dean Foods has been named the Outstanding Corporation by Greater Dallas Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals. This award will be given at the 24th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009. Dean Foods, one of the nation's leading food and beverage companies, supports numerous nonprofit organizations on a national and local level. Dean Foods' primary philanthropic efforts are aimed at ending childhood hunger and teaching at-risk children and youth about proper nutrition and the importance of a proper diet.

We have seen dramatic positive results from their generous endeavors.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Dallas Chapter, with presenting partner Communities Foundation of Texas, proud partners in philanthropy, will honor Dean Foods as Outstanding Corporation, sponsored by Constant Contact, at the 24th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009. The event takes place at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion, Landmark Ballroom, 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon from 12-1:30 p.m.

Dean Foods http://www.deanfoods.com, one of the nation's leading food and beverage companies, supports numerous nonprofit organizations on a national and local level. Dean Foods' primary philanthropic efforts are aimed at ending childhood hunger and teaching at-risk children and youth about proper nutrition and the importance of a proper diet. Locally, the company has provided support including donations of product and employee time to nonprofits such as Children's Medical Center, the North Texas Food Bank, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, Notre Dame School and Mi Escuelita Preschool.

"On behalf of the employees at Dean Foods, we are grateful for this honor," stated Gregg L. Engles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dean Foods. "As a company dedicated to health and wellness through our nutritious products, dedicated employees and commitment to our communities, we are pleased to partner with organizations to assist our neighbors in need."
Dean Foods' support of Children's Medical Center created the Dean Foods Lifestyle, Exercise, and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.) Families Program. This program supports families and children affected by obesity in learning about healthy eating choices and becoming more physically active, and it works with the entire family to affect lifestyle changes. Another gift to Mi Escuelita Preschool supports the school's efforts to feed its students nutritionally balanced meals and educate them about proper nutrition.

"Dean Foods has devoted its resources of money, in-kind, and employee time to create programs that directly address children's nutritional health in ways that make the best use of the respective organization's resources," said Jan Ziegler, Mi Escuelita Preschool and nominator of Dean Foods for this award. "We have seen dramatic positive results from their generous endeavors."

In addition to Outstanding Corporation, six other awards will be presented at the luncheon to those in the community who exemplify commitment, dedication, and talent toward helping their neighbors. Additional winners are Mary and Mike Terry for Outstanding Philanthropist(s); Mayor Laura Wheat, Town of Westlake, for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; Embrey Family Foundation for Outstanding Foundation; CREW Dallas (Commercial Real Estate Women) for Outstanding Philanthropic Organization; JoLynne Jensen, CFRE, for Outstanding Fundraising Executive; and Matthew Willis for Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

"The Association of Fundraising Professionals - Greater Dallas Chapter http://www.afpdallas.org/ is proud to present and pay tribute to these outstanding individuals who have exhibited such incredible civic and charitable stewardship," said Cheryl Reynolds, National Philanthropy Day Chair. "Without question, such philanthropic efforts play a critical role in our society, providing much needed funds every year, encouraging civic participation, and improving the quality of life for all people. These seven award recipients are an inspiration to so many in the community and beyond." The Greater Dallas Chapter of AFP was among the first to begin celebrating National Philanthropy Day in 1981. Today, the luncheon involves over 700 AFP members and community leaders. National Philanthropy Day celebrates the great contributions philanthropy, and those who work in the philanthropic process, make to our community. AFP Chapters involve more than 36,000 individuals in celebrating philanthropy each year.

National Philanthropy Day Luncheon is also sponsored by Brigham Hill Consultancy, Dini Partners, and the Parkland Foundation, sponsor of the VIP Reception just prior to the luncheon.
Luncheon tickets are $75 each, $750 for a table of 10, or $1,000 for a premium table of 10. Contact Madeleine Crouch at 972-233-9107, ext. 204.

About Dean Foods
Dean Foods Company is the largest processor and distributor of milk and other dairy products in the United States. The Company sells milk and a full range of other dairy products under more than 50 well-known local and regional brands and a wide array of private labels. The Company's WhiteWave Foods division produces a variety of nationally branded dairy and dairy-related products, such as Horizon Organic ® dairy products, Silk ® soymilk, and International Delight ® coffee creamers. WhiteWave Foods' Rachel's Organic ® brand is the largest organic milk brand and second largest organic yogurt brand in the United Kingdom.
Contact: Corporate Communications, Marguerite Copel, 214-721-1273

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
AFP, an individual member association, advances philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. AFP members and affiliates enable people and organizations to better serve diverse communities and society as a whole. AFP represents 26,000 members in 172 chapters throughout the world.
Contact: afpdallas.org, 214-354-8742

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