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Campbell’s Chunky Soup and Professional Football Hall of Fame Announce `Most Valuable Moms’; Thirteen NFL Mothers Honored at the Hall in Canton, Ohio

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CANTON, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 23, 2003–At the end of every
action-packed football season, National Football League writers select
and honor the league’s MVPs. Today, the Professional Football Hall of
Fame and Campbell’s Chunky soup are honoring the NFL’s “MVMs” – Most
Valuable Moms.

During a special ceremony at the Hall of Fame, hosted by the New
York Giants’ Michael Strahan, 13 mothers of NFL players were inducted
into a special Campbell’s Chunky soup Most Valuable Mom exhibit. The
display celebrates the role that the mothers have had in shaping the
lives and careers of their football-playing sons.

On hand to honor the “MVMs” were Chunky soup “spokesmoms” Cathy
Lynch, mother of John Lynch, SS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Wilma McNabb,
mother of Donovan McNabb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles; and Louise Strahan,
mother of Michael Strahan, who were also named honorary “MVMs.” The 10
additional 2003 Chunky soup Most Valuable Moms are:

    --  Queen Davis, mother of Stephen Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers

    --  Judy Gonzalez, mother of Tony Gonzalez, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

    --  Linda Harrison, mother of Marvin Harrison, WR, Indianapolis

    --  Nancy Jones, mother of Dhani Jones, OLB, New York Giants

    --  Beverly Joyner, mother of Nick Luchey, FB, Green Bay Packers

    --  Mary Taylor Ojo, mother of Bobby Taylor, CB, Philadelphia

    --  Marilyn Porcher, mother of Robert Porcher, DE, Detroit Lions

    --  Elizabeth Rackley, mother of Derek Rackley, TE, Atlanta

    --  Eartha Whitfield, mother of Bob Whitfield, T, Atlanta Falcons

    --  Kathy Wistrom, mother of Grant Wistrom, DE, St. Louis Rams

    Calling All NFL Moms

Nominations for the Chunky soup Most Valuable Mom award were
accepted from current NFL players and mothers of current NFL players.
Nominators were asked to write a brief essay that described how the
nominee met three criteria: 1) level of commitment to and personal
involvement in her son’s athletic endeavors; 2) level of dedication to
the advancement of her son’s aspirations on and off the field; and 3)
voluntary and altruistic service to both her community and her son.

Nominations were judged by a panel of representatives from the
NFL, the Professional Football Hall of Fame and Campbell Soup Company.
More than 40 NFL mothers from across the country were nominated for
the honor.

“Ever since we began incorporating the real-life mothers of NFL
players into our famous Chunky soup ‘Mama’s Boys’ campaign, we’ve
learned that these women are the true stars,” said Jeremy Fingerman,
President, U.S. Soup – Campbell Soup Company. “Not only have they
spent their lives making sacrifices to help their sons fulfill their
potential, they’ve also ensured that their sons share the fruits of
their success with the community. Their sons love them and our Chunky
consumers love them. We developed the Most Valuable Mom award program
to give Mom her chance to shine.”

In honor of their induction into the Most Valuable Mom exhibit at
the Hall of Fame, Chunky soup will donate one pallet of soup (1,800
cans) in each winner’s name to their local America’s Second Harvest
food bank. The donation will occur in October as part of Tackling
Hunger(TM) Month, one initiative of the Chunky soup season-long
Tackling Hunger 2003 effort.

Click for Cans is Back for Tackling Hunger Month

Fans across the country can actively participate in Tackling
Hunger Month through the popular Click for Cans(TM) program starting
Oct. 1. The unique on-line food drive on the Chunky soup website,, encourages fans to click on the helmet logo of their
favorite NFL team. For every click, Campbell will make a donation of
one can of Campbell’s soup in the name of the fan’s designated team
toward the goal of 5,000,000 cans of soup to a national food bank.

Click for Cans donations are made over the course of the year to a
variety of hunger relief charities across the country, in NFL cities
and in many of the 30,000 communities of Campbell retail partners. The
program will run through October or until the 5,000,000 can goal is

The goal of the Tackling Hunger program is to raise awareness for
the issue of hunger and to generate a massive donation to food banks
nationwide. During the 2002-03 football season, more than 6 million
cans of Campbell’s soup were donated to food banks across the country.
In addition to Click for Cans, fans can do their part to help tackle
hunger by visiting to locate an America’s Second
Harvest affiliate in their area.

For more information on the Campbell’s Chunky/NFL Tackling Hunger
2003 program, visit To find a local America’s Second
Harvest hunger relief agency in your neighborhood, visit

About Campbell Soup Company: Campbell Soup Company is a global
manufacturer and marketer of high quality soup, sauces, beverage,
biscuits, confectionery and prepared food products. The company owns a
portfolio of more than 20 market-leading businesses each with more
than $100 million in sales. They include “Campbell’s” soups worldwide,
“Erasco” soups in Germany and “Liebig” soups in France, “Pepperidge
Farm” cookies and crackers, “V8” and “V8 Splash” juices, “Pace”
Mexican sauces, “Prego” pasta sauces, “Franco-American” pastas and
gravies, “Swanson” broths, “Homepride” sauces in the United Kingdom,
“Arnott’s” biscuits in Australia and “Godiva” chocolates around the
world. The company also owns dry soup and sauce businesses in Europe
under the “Batchelors,” “Oxo,” “Lesieur,” “Royco,” “Liebig,” “Heisse
Tasse,” “Bla Band” and “McDonnells” brands. The company is ably
supported by 25,000 employees worldwide. For more information on the
company, visit Campbell’s website on the Internet at

America’s Second Harvest is the nation’s largest domestic
hunger-relief organization with a national network of more than 200
regional food banks and food-rescue programs, serving all 50 states
and Puerto Rico. It distributes 1.4 billion pounds of donated food and
grocery products annually. America’s Second Harvest’s network supports
approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies, operating more than
94,000 food programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s
shelters, Kids Cafes and Community Kitchens. These local organizations
provide emergency food assistance to 23 million hungry Americans,
including more than nine million children and almost three million
seniors each year. For more information, visit the web site at

    CONTACT: Weber Shandwick Worldwide
             Jerry Gleason, 312-988-2277
             [email protected]
             Campbell Soup Company
             Kate Shields, 856-342-6037
             [email protected]

    SOURCE: Campbell Soup Company
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