EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jamba Juice Company (Nasdaq:JMBA) the leading healthy, active lifestyle brand, will be honored on May 4 th as Corporate Citizen of the Year 2013 by the Bay Area Leadership Foundation (BALF) during the organization's 12 th annual black tie benefit. BALF helps underserved high school students achieve success in high school, college and beyond. Jamba Juice joins an impressive list of previous 'Corporate Citizen of the Year' organizations honored by BALF including Peet's Coffee & Tea; Chevron; Kaiser Permanente; NUMMI and KB Home. Bruce Schroder, executive vice president and COO of Jamba Juice will accept the award on behalf of Jamba Juice in recognition of the company's commitment and support of schools and communities across the Bay Area. At last year's event, BALF raised more than $127,000 to support its college access fund and high school mentoring program for low-income, high-potential students in the Bay Area. "We are honored to recognize Jamba Juice as the Foundation's Corporate Citizen of the Year, " said James Seay, chairman of the board for the Bay Area Leadership Foundation. "As a company based in the Bay Area they have dedicated themselves to giving back to young people in the community through their jobs program, healthy living campaigns and grants." For more than 20 years Emeryville-based Jamba Juice has been dedicated to its mission of inspiring and simplifying healthy living. Jamba Juice is proud to work with numerous nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area, including the Treasure Island Job Corps and the United Way, through their National Hiring Day summer jobs initiative for disadvantaged youth. Jamba also works in partnership with Junior Achievement and McClymonds High School in Oakland on the "Be an Entrepreneur" program and supports local schools through fundraising and school lunch programs.
James D. White, chairman, president and CEO of Jamba Juice is the Executive Chair of the Northern California Chapter of the American Heart Association (AHA). Under his leadership, Jamba Juice has accepted the AHA challenge to educate its customers about heart disease and is committed to raising more than $50,000 to support this worthwhile cause. In addition Jamba's Team Up For a Healthy America campaign leads national partners in addressing childhood obesity through donations of athletic equipment to schools in need.Each year, the Bay Area Leadership Foundation honors companies and individuals who have made a major impact for the betterment of the Bay Area community. This year at the May 4 th awards event, BALF will also recognize Vintage Foster, local business leader and BALF founder as Citizen of the Year, and Kennedy High School student Yaneiri Hernandez Ochoa with its Youth Award. Proceeds from the Bay Area Leadership Awards gala will support local Bay Area students pursuing college education as a way to succeed and who are committed to giving back to the disadvantaged neighborhoods in which they live. Over the past 12 years, the Foundation has served over 200 deserving youth in the East and South Bay. Tickets for the 12 th Annual Bay Area Leadership Awards scheduled for Saturday, May 4th at the Blackhawk Auto Museum, Danville, CA are available at: 510.622.7881 or online at www.eblf.org . Presenting sponsor – Wells Fargo, scholar sponsor – Garaventa Enterprises About Jamba Juice Company Founded in 1990, Jamba Juice Company (Nasdaq:JMBA) is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you, specialty beverage and food offerings, which include great tasting, whole fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices and juice blends, hot coffee and teas, hot oatmeal, breakfast wraps, bistro sandwiches and mini-wraps, California Flatbreads™, frozen yogurt, and a variety of baked goods and snacks. Jamba-branded products for at-home enjoyment are also available through select retailers across the nation and in Jamba outlets. As of January 1, 2013, there were 809 store locations globally. Jamba is a proud sponsor of "Team Up for a Healthy America" in the fight against childhood obesity and encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active and involved at www.myhealthpledge.com . Fans of Jamba Juice can learn more about specific offerings and promotions, and find a location near them by visiting the Jamba Juice website at www.JambaJuice.com , becoming a Jamba insider at www.JambaJuice.com/insider , liking our page on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JambaJuice , following us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/JambaJuice or by contacting Jamba's Guest Services team at 1-866-4R-FRUIT (473-7848). About the Bay Area Leadership Foundation The Bay Area Leadership Foundation (BALF) helps underserved high school students achieve success in high school, college and beyond. BALF supports students who may not have the resources to pursue a college education reach their full potential. BALF offers mentoring, life skills development, guidance through the college access process, and help securing college funding. Since 2001, the organization has provided support for college to underserved students in the East and South Bay. Visit www.eblf.org to learn more.
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