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Harvey milkshake Press Release

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In celebration of California’s first annual Harvey Milk Day on Saturday, May 22 the Jewish Community Federation’s LGBT Alliance teamed up with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, San Francisco City Supervisor …

In celebration of California’s first annual Harvey Milk Day on Saturday, May 22 the Jewish Community Federation’s LGBT Alliance teamed up with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, San Francisco City Supervisor Bevan Dufty, and Harvey Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk to create a milkshake simply called a, “Harvey Milkshake.”

As the country’s first openly gay Jewish political leader, Harvey Milk embodied the values of justice and equality that the LGBT Alliance seeks to promote. The Harvey Milkshake was sampled on Saturday afternoons in May 2010 in San Francisco’s Castro District.

The Goldfader Dufty Family, Karen Bluestone, John Slater and folks at the LGBT Alliance helped conceive of the flavor and taste-test the recipe for the Harvey Milkshake at Ben & Jerry's Haight Ashbury Store.

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  • 1. Ben & Jerrys Shakes Things up with The Harvey Milkshake Effort to honor San Francisco activist launches on Harvey Milk Day this Saturday, May 22ndSan Francisco – Move over Hubby Hubby. There’s a new Ben & Jerry’s item out that issure to be a deliciously successful follow up to the renaming of Chubby Hubby icecream to Hubby Hubby last year.Local franchisee John Slater wanted to use his Ben & Jerry’s franchise as a conduit totake a stand and support a cause. The result? A new menu item, The HarveyMilkshake, to raise awareness and focus on the late Bay Area activist Harvey Milk.“We approached the LGBT Alliance and co-developed this new concoction in honor ofslain San Francisco activist and supervisor, Harvey Milk,” stated Ben & Jerry’sfranchisee John Slater. “We are proud to launch it on what would have been HarveyMilk’s 80th birthday and California’s first annual Harvey Milk Day this Saturday, May22nd,” added Slater. A portion of proceeds from sales of The Harvey Milkshake at theBen & Jerry’s Haight Ashbury scoop shop will benefit the LGBT Alliance.“As the country’s first openly gay Jewish political leader, Harvey Milk embodied thevalues of justice and equality that the LGBT Alliance seeks to promote,” said LisaFinkelstein, Director of the LGBT Alliance.The Harvey Milkshake contains the following ingredients: • Harvey Milk & Cookies ice cream – the Activ-ism ingredient • Bittersweet chocolate – when we think of having lost Harvey • Cinnamon with dash of nutmeg/allspice – Harvey was spicy and fabulous! • A touch of sea salt – a Jewish symbol for tears • Whipped cream – Harvey knew how to whip up the community • Rainbow sprinkles – pride in our diversity! • A maraschino cherry – Harvey’s activism bore fruit! Look how far we’ve come!Ben & Jerry’s and the LGBT Alliance worked diligently to perfect the recipe and receivethe support of many important San Francisco leaders including San Francisco CitySupervisor Bevan Dufty and Harvey’s nephew Stuart Milk.“Anytime you can celebrate love between any two people it is a wonderful thing," saidBen Cohen, one of the two Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founders who reside in Vermont, the statethat legalized same sex marriage in September 2009.
  • 2. About Ben & Jerry’sBen & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice creamnovelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmerswho pledge not to treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH.* The companystates its position on rBGH on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributednationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores,convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and othervenues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever,operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality,economic reward and a commitment to the community. The goal of the social mission isto integrate a concern for the community into as many day to day business operationsas possible while maintaining the product and economic missions. The recentannouncement to move to all available Fair Trade ingredients by the end of 2013 isdriven by that commitment. For more visit www.benjerry.com.* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated cows and untreatedcows. Not all the suppliers of our other ingredients can promise that the milk they use comes from untreated cows.About LGBT AllianceFounded in 1996, the LGBT Alliance seeks to increase opportunities for Bay Area LGBTJews to fully participate and celebrate in Jewish life.Through leadership development,advocacy, and community organizing, the LGBT Alliance works toward a future in whichgreater numbers of LGBT Jews engage with Judaism and the Jewish community. Formore information visit www.sfjcf.wordpress.com.Media ContactLeann WelliverUdder Ventures, LLC – Ben & Jerry’s Franchise+1-415-626-3140Haight Ashbury, San Francisco Website FacebookBon Air Center, Greenbrae Website Facebook