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PITTSBURGH -- The H.J. Heinz Co. Foundation here presented Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis with its Community Service Award. Only the second recipient of this honor, Bettis, better known as "The Bus," was recognized for his support of inner-city youth through The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation. Accompanying the award is a $10,000 contribution to The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation.
"Jerome is an outstanding role model, not only for youngsters but also for people of all ages," said William R. Johnson, chairman, president and c.e.o. of the H.J. Heinz Co. "We are proud to make him the second recipient of this award and hope that the monies donated to the Foundation will enable him to continue his great work on the behalf of troubled and underprivileged children."
The mission of The Jerome Bettis the Bus Stops Here Foundation is to improve the overall quality of life for troubled and underprivileged children by offering them the opportunities to help them succeed in life. The foundation, which was founded in 1996 to help underprivileged children in America's inner cities, like where Jerome himself grew up, raises money for other organizations that support this mission.
Established in 1951 to make contributions to further the public welfare, The H.J. Heinz Co. Foundation, funded each year by the H.J. Heinz Co., is committed to promoting the health and nutritional needs of children and families. Priority is given to programs in communities where Heinz operates with a special focus given to southwestern Pennsylvania.