Tully's Coffee® Announces Northport, Ala. Resident as Winner of $100,000 Taste of Community Improvement Project Grant
Tornado-Damaged Tuscaloosa County to Receive Funds, Expertise and
Supplies to Help Create Community Gathering Space
WATERBURY, Vt.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Coffee®, a brand of Green Mountain
Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR), announces Kimberly Conway, of Northport,
Ala. as the winner of the 2011 "Taste of Community" contest. Conway is
being awarded a service grant funded by Tully's, valued at up to
$100,000, to build a neighborhood gathering place in Tuscaloosa County,
an area devastated by tornadoes earlier this year. The contest and
community improvement project are part of a collaboration between
Tully's Coffee and Pomegranate
Center, a non-profit dedicated to creating neighborhood gathering
For her Taste of Community contest entry, Conway recalled the massive
destruction of the tornadoes that hit her hometown in April 2011. She
asked for the chance to improve her community by giving people a safe,
accessible, clean place to gather — something that, after the tornadoes,
doesn't exist. Conway, an artist and community activist, has lived in
the Tuscaloosa area for the past five years and worked as an art teacher
at the Alberta Elementary School in Alberta, Ala. before it was razed by
the storms. Her contest entry reflected a deep love for and connection
to her community and incorporated a unique, artful design. Her proposed
site plan features greenery and local art and includes areas for both
recreation and relaxation.
In the coming months, Tully's and Pomegranate Center will work with
Conway, the Tuscaloosa County community and local officials to determine
where a community gathering space is most needed and what type of space
will have the greatest impact. The project build will be completed in
2012 and will seek to engage the community at large throughout the
process from design stage to completion.
"Through the Taste of Community program we seek to engage people on the
importance of community space revitalization. We are thrilled to award
Kimberly and Tuscaloosa County this grant as a way to help their much
deserving community," said Karen Yacos, Director of Domestic Community
Outreach, GMCR. "We are excited to work with the community to create a
gathering space that can help bring people together to heal and make
lasting community connections."
In addition to the grant funding, residents will receive training,
community engagement expertise, designs, and building management from
Pomegranate Center. To pay tribute to the community, the new Tuscaloosa
County gathering space build will utilize local talent and energy and be
uniquely hand-crafted with local materials and art — including materials
such as bricks and wood that Conway recovered and saved after the storms.
"This community space will be a symbol of a fresh start for Tuscaloosa;
a place to rest and lift spirits as we endure the rebuilding process but
also to serve as a marker of how the community came together to pull
through," said Conway, a Northport, Ala. resident and winner of the
Taste of Community contest. "I can't wait to work with Tully's and
Pomegranate Center to create a place that brings our community together.
It brings joy to my heart knowing there is a possibility I could help
these people reassemble their lives even a little after this horrible
Earlier this year, Tully's joined forces with Pomegranate Center to
launch the "Taste of Community" program, a multi-faceted, philanthropic
effort to incite communities across the country to revitalize gathering
places where people can meet, linger, chat, and celebrate. As part of
this national program, the Taste of Community contest called on entrants
to share a short essay and photo about what makes their community
special and how a gathering place would help transform their
Conway's gathering space project was chosen from a national pool of more
than 500 entrants. A judging panel, composed of representatives from
Tully's and Pomegranate Center and thought leaders in the space,
selected Conway as one of ten finalists interviewed about their proposed
community project before the final decision was made. The judging panel
Heather Boyer, Senior Editor, Built Environment, for Island Press and
co-author of Resilient Cities;
Victor Deupi, Architectural Designer, Teacher, and Writer;
Scott Kratz, Vice President for Education at The National Building
Milenko Matanovic, Executive Director for Pomegranate Center;
Karen Yacos, Director of Domestic Community Outreach for GMCR; And,
Jess Zimbabwe, Executive Director for the Daniel Rose Center for
Public Leadership in Land Use, The Urban Land Institute.
Each entry was reviewed based on creativity and originality, the benefit
to entire neighborhood, and the local need for a new community gathering
All contest finalists received a Keurig® Brewer and supply of
Tully's K-Cup® portion packs. In addition, Tully's gave all
Taste of Community contest entrants two free bags of coffee, including a
bag of Tully's Community Spaces Blend, a limited edition offering in
honor of the Taste of Community program.
To learn more about the winning Taste of Community project, get news and
updates about the build, or for more information about the 2011 Taste of
Community program, visit the Tully's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TullysCoffee).
Additional information can also be found by visiting Tullys.com
About Tully's Coffee
Tully's Coffee® is part of the family of brands within the
Specialty Coffee business unit of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
Established in Seattle, Wash., Tully's is known and valued for its slow
roasting approach, and rich, full coffee flavor. Tully's®
coffees are available in bags and K-Cup® portion packs for
the Keurig® Single-Cup Brewing System in supermarkets and
specialty stores on the West Coast and nationwide. For more information,
please visit www.Tullys.com.
About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee
Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized for its award-winning
coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible
business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by
offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in
sustainably-grown coffee, and allocating at least five percent of its
pre-tax profits to socially and environmentally responsible initiatives.
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About Pomegranate Center
Pomegranate Center brings people together to build better communities.
It is an internationally recognized leader in creating neighborhood
gathering places and is an award-winning nonprofit devoted to
community-generated design and development. Founded 25 years ago by
artist and community organizer Milenko Matanovic, today Pomegranate
Center builds places, communities and leaders throughout Pacific
Northwest and across the country. Pomegranate Center works with
communities of all sizes to help prepare for the future. For more
information, please visit www.pomegranatecenter.org.
On behalf of Tully's Coffee®
Hanah Smith, 617-939-8329
Source: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
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