Kretschmar®, Evansville IGA and Country Music Star Easton Corbin Partner to Support Make-A-Wish®

LISLE, Ill., Nov. 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kretschmar® Premium Meats & Cheeses has partnered with Evansville IGA and country music star Easton Corbin to donate $1,000 to Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Kretschmar made the donation in Evansville, Ind. on Friday as part of its Legendary Wishes campaign, which helps Make-A-Wish grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Country Music Artist Easton Corbin Presents Make-A-Wish with $1,000 Donation, Wish Kid Elizabeth Accepts on their Behalf.

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Three-time American Country Award winner Easton Corbin invited Wish Kid Elizabeth and her family backstage before his performance. Corbin presented a donation of $1,000 to help Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana grant future wishes.

"It was an honor to present Make-A-Wish with a check for $1,000 to help bring more wishes to life," said Corbin. "I'm proud to show my support for this cause. This is something really special that Kretschmar is doing across the country to make dreams come true for our young heroes, whose spirit and courage inspires us.”

12-year-old Elizabeth and her family were also treated to a live performance by Corbin, Kretschmar’s brand ambassador for 2016. Easton hit the music scene in 2009 with a #1 single, "A Little More Country Than That" and won several Breakthrough Artist awards. Since then, Corbin has released three hit albums with songs including "Roll With It," "Lovin' You is Fun," and "All Over the Road." Corbin has a full schedule in 2016 and is currently touring with Carrie Underwood, as well as performing in his own headlining shows.

“Supporting Make-A-Wish and making wishes come true for children is something very gratifying for us,” said Michael J. Sargent, Senior Brand Manager, Smithfield Foods. “Our contribution can support Make-A-Wish throughout the year, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to help fulfill special wishes for children.”

Since partnering with Make-A-Wish in 2012, Kretschmar has donated more than $600,000 nationally and sponsored more than 12 wishes with local chapters through its Legendary Wishes campaign. Along with its retail partners, Kretschmar has raised additional funding through in-store sales of Make-A-Wish paper stars, employee donations and sandwich fundraisers. Those efforts have raised more than $85,000, which was given to local Make-A-Wish chapters to grant even more wishes.

"A granted wish has the power to rally an entire community together to create lasting memories for a child,” said Doug Kelly, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. ”We’re incredibly grateful for the support of Kretschmar and Evansville IGA who are working together to make future wishes just like Elizabeth's heartfelt wish come true.”

This year, Kretschmar helped grant three wishes across the country. In Joplin, Mo., Kretschmar teamed up with Make-A-Wish Missouri to grant a 17-year-old’s wish to restore his father’s 1970 pick-up. Along with Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, Kretschmar granted the wish of a teen who wanted to attend the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The 17-year-old experienced the country music trip of a lifetime; four days of VIP treatment in the Music City, including an all-star concert at Nissan Stadium and a private Kretschmar Country concert. Kretschmar also helped send a 14-year-old girl to the San Francisco Zoo through Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana.

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About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 21 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,800 in 2015 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

About Easton Corbin
Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. American Songwriter says, "Easton Corbin has one of those rare, glorious voices that was made-just made-for singing country music." His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It;" making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. In 2012 the Gilchrist County Florida native released his sophomore album, All Over The Road, which included the Top 5 hits "Lovin' You Is Fun" and "All Over The Road." Corbin set a career-best debut on Country Airplay with his top 5 hit single, "Baby Be My Love Song," from his No. 1 debuting album About To Get Real. His current single "Yup" is climbing the country singles chart. Corbin is currently on tour with Carrie Underwood's The Storyteller Tour.

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