Stemilt gives cherries for spitting, funds for students
Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers donated cherries to the Wenatchee Valley Fourth of July cherry spitting contest and donated funds to the Washington Apple Education Foundation.
Stemilt partnered with the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce to sponsor the cherry spitting contest, according to a news release.
“It was really great to see such an enthusiastic crowd participating,” Brianna Shales, Stemilt communications manager, said in the release. “The holidays really bring this community together and being able to support something that involves our delicious dark-sweet cherries is something we are more than happy to do.”
In the same week, Stemilt donated $100,000 for educational opportunities to the apple foundation, according to the release.
“WAEF offers many kids an opportunity to pursue higher education and work toward achieving their career goals,” Shales said. “It is a cause we strongly believe in and it is a great avenue to give back to these future local leaders.”
Stemilt offers multiple scholarships for children of its employees and other agricultural workers, according to the release.
The community contributions are done through Responsible Choice, created in 1989 by Stemilt founder Tom Mathison.