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Project C.U.R.E. and MillerCoors to Welcome the First Lady of Ghana to Colorado for First Ladies' Luncheon in Denver
Date:7/13/2009

DENVER, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Local nonprofit Project C.U.R.E. announced today its third-annual First Ladies' Luncheon will be held in Denver July 23 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. This year's luncheon, sponsored by MillerCoors, will honor and welcome Her Excellency, Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills, the first lady of Ghana. The annual fundraising event raises awareness of global healthcare needs and supports the delivery of life-saving medical supplies and equipment to medical professionals, and patients under their care, in Ghana.

Mrs. Naadu Mills will work with Project C.U.R.E to select healthcare facilities where the supplies and equipment are most needed. Joining Mrs. Naadu Mills in raising awareness about healthcare needs in Ghana are honorary co-chairs first lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter, Susan Kiely of MillerCoors, former first lady of Colorado Frances Owens and former first lady of Denver Wilma Webb. Anne Trujillo, news anchor for Denver's Channel 7, will emcee the event.

"We are thrilled to join MillerCoors in hosting the first lady of Ghana for this historic event, and I am grateful to those in the community who have agreed to participate in the Luncheon," said Dr. Douglas Jackson, president and CEO of Project C.U.R.E. "The funds raised through the Luncheon will be multiplied nearly 20 times to improve health and save lives in Ghana through the delivery of medical supplies and equipment. Together, we're changing the world!"

Project C.U.R.E. expects approximately 1,800 of the city and state's business and community leaders to attend this invitation-only luncheon.

"It is a great honor to partner with Project C.U.R.E. in hosting Mrs. Naadu Mills for the First Ladies' Luncheon," said Cornell Boggs, MillerCoors chief responsibility and ethics officer. "Though we have a legacy of helping communities where we operate in the U.S., this is such a great opportunity to help needy communities across the globe and make an impact in the lives of families and children." Boggs noted that MillerCoors relationship with Project C.U.R.E. has grown over the years. To date, MillerCoors employees have contributed hundreds of hours volunteering at the Project C.U.R.E. sorting and distribution center in Centennial, Colorado.

The Project C.U.R.E. First Ladies' Luncheon is an annual fundraising event featuring first ladies from around the world. Project C.U.R.E. welcomed Senora Ana Ligia de Saca, the first lady of El Salvador, for the inaugural First Ladies' Luncheon in Denver in 2006, during which more than $70,000 was raised to deliver medical relief to El Salvador.

In 2008, Mrs. Margarita Zavala, the first lady of Mexico, was the keynote speaker at the second-annual First Ladies' Luncheon in Denver, where she helped to raise $150,000 to deliver more than $2.5 million in medical relief to the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco.

The goal for the First Ladies' Luncheon honoring the first lady of Ghana is to raise enough money to deliver more than $2 million in medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics in Ghana.

Project C.U.R.E. also hosted first lady of Belize Ms. Kim Simplis for the inaugural First Ladies' Luncheon in Phoenix, Ariz. Nearly 900 people attended the event in November of 2008, at which enough money was raised to deliver nearly $2 million in medical relief to people in need in Belize.

For more information contact Lana Jefferson Taussig at lanajtaussig@projectcure.org, or call 303-792-0729.

About Project C.U.R.E.

The registered trademark of the Benevolent Healthcare Foundation, Project C.U.R.E. is a nonprofit, humanitarian relief organization that delivers donated medical supplies, equipment and services to medical professionals and the patients under their care in developing countries. Currently, Project C.U.R.E. is the world's largest organization of its kind, delivering on average two 40-ft. cargo containers of medical relief every week. Since its inception in 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to people in need in more than 120 countries worldwide. Project C.U.R.E. is headquartered in Centennial, Colo., outside of Denver. Distribution centers are located in Centennial, Colo., Phoenix, Ariz.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Houston, Texas. Project C.U.R.E. collection centers are located in Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin, Texas; Basalt, Colo., Brooklyn, N.Y., Grand Junction, Colo., Harrisburg, Pa.; Ithaca, N.Y., Lexington, Ky.; Sarasota, Fla., Tampa, Fla. For more information, visit www.projectcure.org.

About MillerCoors

Built on a foundation of great beer brands and more than 288 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary brands across every major industry segment. Miller Lite is the great tasting beer that established the American light beer category in 1975, and Coors Light is the brand that introduced consumers to refreshment as cold as the Rockies. MillerCoors brews full-calorie beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft; and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. The company also imports Peroni, Grolsch, Pilsner Urquell and Molson Canadian and offers innovative products such as Miller Chill and Sparks. MillerCoors features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel's craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and two microbreweries, the Leinenkugel's 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. MillerCoors vision is to become the best beer company in America by driving profitable industry growth. MillerCoors insists on building its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.


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