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Tickets On Sale and Sponsors Announced For The Grower Shipper Association Foundation Benefit

“Concert at Corral” February 20th
Excited To Announce Two New Gold Sponsors
Ag Leaders Support The Grower Shipper Association Foundation

SALINAS, CA – Agricultural Companies rally together around a special benefit concert to help support The Grower Shipper Association Foundation Ag Education Program: AgKnowledge, More Produce in Schools, and a Greater Vision. Susan Marscellas, The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Director announced today that Ocean Mist and T&A are its gold sponsor. They joined this event because they support getting more Salad Bars in schools and promoting healthy food options for kids. Also, these leaders support community education of the Ag industry. Most people do not know about the process that our fresh food goes through to get to the market and consumer. Programs like AgKnowledge and A Greater Vision help take the public inside to understand where your food comes from and food safety.

Concert at Corral is a fun way to support Ag Education and getting fresh veggies to more kids. It will be a unique event bringing Ag and the community together through music, food and wine!

Two New Gold Sponsors Announce that value and support the good works The Grower Shipper Association Foundation.
· Ocean Mist

o Joe Pezzini served on the GSAF Board from 2006 – 2012 because of his commitment to Ag Education to the community.

o Under his leadership “A Greater Vision” was developed to increase the general public understands of agricultural issues important to agriculture and the larger community. The program is a series of public forums featuring speakers and panel discussions from community members, academic researchers, elected officials, public agencies and agricultural representatives.

· T&A

Mike Antle was the founder of GSAF in 2003 as he believed and supported education.

· The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation was founded in 2003, by the principals of the Grower-Shipper Association with the mission of providing the public with factual and educational information about the agricultural industry.

o The Grower-Shipper Association has been in existence since 1930 and is the predominant agency in Central California representing all segments of local growers and shippers of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Salad Bowl Capital of the World fills Salad Bars!

More Produce In School Program…Why salad bars in schools?

o The mission of donating salad bars to Monterey County schools is so that every child has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables. While there is growing awareness of the health and educational benefits that salad bars provide to kids, many school districts are unable to afford the basic equipment needed to adopt this strategy. Grower-Shipper Association Foundation and its More Produce in Schools Program are committed to helping schools make this positive change.

o Supporting Research shows that incorporating salad bars into school lunches increases children’s consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. When offered healthy food choices, children respond by trying new items, incorporating greater variety into their diets, and increasing their daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Through these early, positive experiences, students are better prepared for a lifetime of healthy eating.

The Facts:
WHO: Grower-Shipper Association Foundation
WHAT: Benefit Concert – Guitars & Old Cars for Salad Bars featuring Doug Ranno and his band The Harvesting Crew
WHEN: February 20, 2015 – 6:00pm
WHERE: Corral de Tierra Country Club, 81 Corral de Tierra Road, Salinas, 93908
WHY: To raise money for Ag Education programs hosted by GSAF that benefits the community and tell the story of agriculture.
HOW: Attend the concert at 6pm for $85.00 and receive strolling dinner, wine tasting, concert and support AgKnowledge, More Produce in Schools (Salad Bars), and A Greater Vision.

The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to Ag Education, ensuring children have healthy eating options in schools and teaching communities and the world about the importance that agriculture means to all of us. With the strong agricultural history in Salinas, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties it is expected that this could become an annual event in support of the Grower -Shipper Association Foundation (GSAF) for years to come. You can learn more about the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation by going to their website at or by following them on Facebook.

For additional information on the event, contact the Growers-Shipper Association Foundation office at 831-422-9007 or for tickets go to

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