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September 24, 2010 - An Evening With Paula Deen

Where: Bienes Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

When: September 16, 2010

Beneficiary: Big Brothers Big Sisters Broward County

EMCEE: Kristy Krueger,

Presenting Sponsor(s): Publix and Smithfield

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Blacktie-Southflorida

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Food Network Television Star to Host Cooking Demonstration with Publix Apron’s Cooking School and Smithfield to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County
Paula Deen, restauranteur, author and Emmy Award-winning television star will host an exclusive Publix Apron’s Cooking School event on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the Bienes Center (2812 SW 12 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312). Deen’s 6 p.m. book signing, appearance and demonstration is the first of its kind for the Publix Apron's Cooking Schools in South Florida. Deen is appearing courtesy of Smithfield, as she is their celebrity spokesperson.
In the continuation of its commitment to improving the local community, Publix has named Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County as the beneficiary for the event. Publix is a long-standing partner of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and has not only contributed funds and resources, but also associates’ individual time and energy in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission.
"The Publix Apron's Cooking School enjoys the opportunity of engaging our customers with one-of-a-kind cooking events that are both entertaining and informational," said Kim Jaeger, Publix's Miami media and community relations manager. "We are pleased to partner with such integral community partners on this unique event. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County is changing the lives of our local youth for the better every day, which aligns perfectly with our mission of serving youth in our communities."
“Smithfield is delighted to be partnering with Publix on this, our fourth joint show with Paula Deen,” said Dennis Pittman, director of corporate communication and public affairs for Smithfield.
Through the donation made by Publix Apron’s Cooking School, Big Brothers Big Sisters will serve an additional school in Broward County with professionally supported, one-to-one mentorship for youth with measurable outcomes.
“We are so thankful to Publix for its years of dedication to our children and families. As true advocates for activism and service, their entire team leaves a positive, lasting impression on our community. It is with their support that we are able to continue transforming the lives of children, teens and young adults in Broward County,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Ana Cedeño.
To purchase tickets to the event, visit and select the Plantation Cooking School’s September calendar.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor-driven, volunteer-supported organization that changes the lives of children, teens and young adults. Its foundational belief is that every child has the inherent ability to succeed and thrive. By fostering one-to-one mentoring relationships, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County increases the odds of a child academically achieving, avoiding drugs and alcohol and strengthening their family.
Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in low-income households with a single parent or have an incarcerated parent. Meaningful relationships, ongoing evaluation and professional support provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to positively impact youth and the community. Studies show that adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely to earn a four-year college degree, take part in strong personal relationships and give back to their community. Learn how you can change a child’s life, donate or volunteer at
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 142,000 employees, with 2009 sales of $24.3 billion. Currently Publix has 1,022 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For in America" for 13 consecutive years. In addition, Publix's dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company's website,
Smithfield, a name familiar to millions of Americans, is committed to environmental leadership, community involvement, employee safety, animal welfare and high-quality food. With sales of $12 billion, Smithfield Foods is the leading processor and marketer of fresh pork and packaged meats in the United States, as well as the largest producer of hogs. For more information, visit

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