ARLINGTON, VA – Since its inception in 1991, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has been steadfast in its mission to fight drunk driving and underage drinking. While much progress has been made by attacking these problems head on, it is also important to examine these issues in a larger cultural context. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is proud to be celebrating its 20th Anniversary and recognizes that the past 20 years could not have been a success without the support of remarkable individuals who encourage health, wellness, and a commitment to eliminating drunk driving and underage drinking.
As part of the 20th Anniversary celebration, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility will honor 20 People to Watch. These twenty people have distinguished themselves through their leadership, ideas and commitment to the health and safety of our nation and the idea of a brighter future for America’s young people. Young or old, established in their chosen professions, or just starting out, these twenty people are ones we are excited to follow in the future.
Remmi Smith is the 11 year old star and host of “The Culinary Kid,” a show that teaches kids that cooking healthy is fun. The show came about when Remmi and her mother grew concerned about the childhood obesity epidemic and decided to start a healthy cooking show called “Cook Time with Remmi.” The show first aired online as webcasts in April 2009. Within a month of airing the first webcast, the show was picked up by a local cable channel in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Shortly thereafter, she started getting requests for public appearances to demonstrate her cooking skills both locally and nationally.
“I’m really inspired by people who are trying to address the childhood obesity epidemic. To correct this problem, it can take a lot of creativity and focus. Schools and government are on board and the food and entertainment industry are working on this issue,” said Smith.
“While many of the leaders we work with are adults, Remmi Smith is someone who has already, at such a young age, made a tremendous impact on other kids by encouraging healthy cooking and eating,” said Ralph Blackman, President and CEO of The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. “Working with Remmi has been a pleasure and we look forward to working with and watching Remmi as she continues to be a leader in the fight to encourage healthy lifestyles.”
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is proud to celebrate the innovative contributions it has made over 20 years and can attribute our success to the support, encouragement and commitment of people like Remmi Smith. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility looks forward to continued progress in the fight against drunk driving, underage drinking and a safer and healthier America. Individuals who are making a difference will help all Americans move towards this goal.
About The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; Pernod Ricard USA; and Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and chaired by Hon. Susan Molinari, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is a leader in the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility develops and implements innovative programs and public awareness campaigns and promotes action through strategic partnerships. Established in 1991, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s initiatives are highlighted on its website at www.responsibility.org
Darron Moffatt, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
MoffattD@responsibility.org; (202) 637-0077