Entenmann’s & Salvation Army, Celebrating National Donut Day on June 1st ~ Give Away

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Entenmann’s Bakery and The Salvation Army have partnered for a sweet celebration to commemorate the 75th National Donut Day on Friday, June 1st, 2012! Started by The Salvation Army in 1938, this day honors their “Donut Lassies” who served these delicious treats to soldiers during World War I.

In honor of this special holiday, we thought we’d provide some background on the 75th National Donut Day with some ‘Fun Facts’ about both Entenmann’s Bakery and The Salvation Army.

75th Annual National Donut Day Fun Facts!
Entenmann’s Bakery:

• Entenmann’s has made more than 4 billion donuts – if you laid them end-to-end, you could wrap them around the earth almost 9 times!
• The Rich Frosted Donut has been the #1 seller since its introduction in 1972. (2012 marks the 40-Year Anniversary – that’s a sweet celebration!)
• Entenmann’s Donut Facility in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is the largest Donut Plant in the United States, producing more than 40 million boxes of yummy delight each year!
• Believing that people were more inclined to buy what they can see, the Entenmann’s brothers, William, Robert and Charles, and mother, Martha, invented the familiar “see-through” cake box for baked goods in 1959!
• At one time, more than 168 million pounds of chocolate have been used for Entenmann’s Rich Frosted Donuts, enough to fill all of the Great Lakes!
• In the early ’50s, Frank Sinatra used to call the Bay Shore bakery to place weekly orders from Entenmann’s!

For more information on the 75th National Donut Day, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, http://www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA, www.entenmanns.com or www.facebook.com/entenmanns.

Salvation Army:
• The Salvation Army started National Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.
• National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
• Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI!
• With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets!
• Last year, 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army’s 3,600 officers, 60,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers!

Entenmann’s also launched a sweepstakes at http://entenmanns.com/ndd.cfm where you can enter to win some great prizes, including ‘Free Donuts for a Year’! And in its continued support of The Salvation Army, from April 22 to June 23 Entenmann’s Bakery will donate to the organization $1 for every person who “likes” the Entenmann’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/entenmanns), up to $25,000.

Disclosure: I received an Entemann’s voucher and a promotional item as a thank you for sharing this information with you.

In the spirit of the celebration they are happy to offer 2 of my readers a giveaway:

• One reader will win a $5 Entenmann’s voucher and an adorable “Donut Guy” plush toy

• One reader will win a $5 Entenmann’s voucher

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