Ole Smoky Distillery Names 2022 Charity Partners, Friends of the Smokies and Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE)

Ole Smoky Distillery, the most visited distillery in the world and #1 moonshine brand in the U.S., has announced two charitable partnerships today, with a local charity, Friends of the Smokies, and the national organization, Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE), supporting the company’s social responsibility commitment to community.

Friends of the Smokies is dedicated to protecting the birthplace of Ole Smoky Distillery, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the company is donating a portion of their Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine sales to the organization. The popular moonshine, found at liquor stores across the nation, or online, can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in delicious recipes like Blackberry Lemonade, Shine ‘N’ Seven, and Blackberry Mule. Recipes can be found on Ole Smoky’s website here.

As one of the largest employers in East Tennessee, Ole Smoky has treated their employees like family for more than 10 years and expands their support for others who work in their industry. CORE serves food and beverage employees with children, providing financial relief when either an employee or their child faces a health crisis, injury, death or natural disaster. Ole Smoky Distillery will provide CORE a monetary donation in 2022, in addition to encouraging consumers to donate through point-of-sale materials featured in restaurants and bars across the U.S.

"Ole Smoky has a history of giving back to our communities through organizations with shared values. It is important that we never forget our heritage and the moonshine that was created centuries ago here in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Friends of the Smokies are committed to preserving this beautiful National Park,” said Robert Hall, CEO, Ole Smoky Distillery. “We are also committed to our partners who work in the food and beverage industry and will help support CORE and the important work they do to help families in times of need.”

Friends of the Smokies helps preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains by raising funds and public awareness and providing volunteers for needed projects. CORE is a national non-profit dedicated to serving food and beverage operations employees with children to provide financial relief when either employee or their child faces a health crisis, injury, death or natural disaster.

Paul Lindsley

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