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Starkist Co. Honors the Korean War Veterans of Western Pennsylvania

Nearly 90 Korean War Veterans, Dignitaries and Civic Leaders to Attend a Reception and Luncheon in Recognition of Their Service – Freedom is Not Free

PITTSBURGH (August 17, 2016) – StarKist Co., which is headquartered on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, and its parent company, Dongwon of Seoul, South Korea, are proud to announce their long-standing commitment to the local Korean War Veterans of Western Pennsylvania.  On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Station Square, the company will host its annual luncheon to honor area Korean War Veterans who served so valiantly in what has been called “The Forgotten War.”

Nearly 90 veterans and their families, along with local dignitaries and civic leaders, are set to attend the tribute as The Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) of Western PA, General Matthew B. Ridgway Chapter, celebrates the 25th anniversary of its founding.  The chapter was founded by Edward Stevens, a machine gunner in the 25th Infantry Division with the 21st AAA battalion.  There are currently 320 members ranging in age from 82-86 years.  Mr. Stevens also led the charge to raise $1.2 million to build the Korean War Veterans’ Memorial, which was dedicated in 1999, on Pittsburgh’s North Shore.

"The Korean War Veterans of Western PA are heroes,” said Andrew Choe, StarKist President and CEO.  “These men and women have given much to protect and preserve freedom for the United States and South Korea.  We appreciate this opportunity to show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice.”

StarKist’s support to the region’s Korean War Veterans goes beyond the annual luncheon. Locally the company has sponsored and donated funds for programs benefiting the veterans and their families.  Recently StarKist enlisted help from the Boy Scouts of America, Potter Raccoon Troop #437, Beaver Valley District, Laurel Highlands Council Boy Scouts Troop to assist the local KWVA members in clean-up of the Korean War Memorial site on Pittsburgh’s North Shore throughout the year.

“The executives at StarKist and Dongwon are to be commended,” said Larry Bickar, President of the Korean War Veterans of Western PA.  “Today is a time to enjoy the comradery and to be honored and appreciated for our service.  And on behalf of the Korean War Veterans of Western Pennsylvania, we greatly appreciate the kindness and respect that is shown to us for serving our country.”

About StarKist
StarKist Co. is a food company that is focused on healthy, shelf-stable seafood products in the United States. An industry innovator, StarKist was the first brand to introduce StarKist single-serve pouch products, which include Tuna Creations®, Salmon Creations®, Kid's Creations and Gourmet Selects®. As America's favorite tuna, StarKist represents a tradition of quality, consumer trust and a commitment to sustainability. StarKist's charismatic brand icon, Charlie® the Tuna, swam into the hearts of tuna fans in 1961 and is still a fan favorite today. StarKist Co. is a subsidiary of the Dongwon Group.

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