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Ghirardelli Pledges $45,000 to San Leandro Education Foundation

San Leandro, CA ∙ Nov. 1, 2012 – The San Leandro Education Foundation (SLED) is pleased to announce that Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has pledged $15,000 a year for three years to the SLED100 campaign. This gift places Ghirardelli at the forefront of local businesses and residents who are committed to improving the quality of public education in our community.

“On behalf of Ghirardelli Chocolate Company and our employees, I wish to express our appreciation for the services we receive as a corporate citizen of San Leandro and the hospitality extended to us by the local community. Our contribution to the San Leandro Education Foundation is both an expression of our gratitude and recognition of our responsibility to the community in which we operate. We are proud to be a member of the San Leandro community and are pleased to be making an investment in the education and future development of the young citizens of San Leandro,” said Ghirardelli’s CEO, Marty Thompson.

Ghirardelli, which is headquartered in San Leandro, also plans to craft an internship program for San Leandro High School graduates currently enrolled in a college or university. The company hopes to launch the program during the summer of 2013.

“Ghirardelli has gone above and beyond in its commitment to educating San Leandro’s future workforce and helping SLED to create the infrastructure needed to grow the scope of the Foundation’s impact. We are thankful for Ghirardelli’s generous investment in our local public schools and look forward to working together in the future,” said SLED President Deborah Cox.

Ghirardelli joins the growing list of companies whose commitments have shown they are strong supporters of public education. The SLED100 community includes Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, OSIsoft, Wells Fargo Foundation, Westlake Development Partners, Drake’s Brewing, Bayfair Center and Paradiso.

About Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is a manufacturer and marketer of premium chocolate products. Incorporated in 1852 and in continuous operation since then, Ghirardelli has the richest heritage of any American chocolate company. Ghirardelli continues to honor its heritage to this day. Ghirardelli is one of the few companies in America that controls the entire chocolate manufacturing process, from cocoa bean to finished product. This control over the manufacturing process, combined with Ghirardelli’s proprietary bean blend and unique methods of roasting and processing, ensures that you are rewarded with the highest quality and richest products.

About San Leandro Education Foundation
San Leandro Education Foundation (SLED) is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to raising resources and improving the lives and education of children in the San Leandro Unified School District. The foundation's areas of focus include enrichment, health and safety, technology, volunteerism and supporting the San Leandro High School Arts Education Center.