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Pepsi gives to Wheels of Wellness

Courtesy photo Dale Ash, Co-Owner, Pepsi Bottling Atmore; Virginia Banister, Executive Director with Alabama Beverage Association; Chris Griffin D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital administrator and Ruth Harrell, Escambia County Healthcare Authority board president, pose for a photo.

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Dale Ash, Co-Owner, Pepsi Bottling Atmore; Virginia Banister, Executive Director with Alabama Beverage Association; Chris Griffin D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital administrator and Ruth Harrell, Escambia County Healthcare Authority board president, pose for a photo.

The Wheels of Wellness program was awarded $1,000 from the Alabama Beverage Association.

The donation is in honor of past-president Dale Ash who, along with her siblings, owns the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Atmore, which services Escambia, Conecuh, Monroe and the northern Baldwin counties. The Alabama Beverage Association is the trade association for Alabama’s refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage industry, serving the public and its members since 1918.

As a way to honor the service of an outgoing president, the ABA awards a monetary contribution to the outgoing president’s charity of choice. Ash thoughtfully selected the Wheels of Wellness program in Escambia County as the recipient of the award.

ABA Executive Director Virginia Banister said, “This contribution is symbolic of Dale Ash’s dedication and commitment to the community of Escambia County where she has been well-rooted for most of her life. Dale is very passionate about this part of Alabama where she lives, works and serves.”

The Wheels of Wellness program provides transportation services for healthcare appointments and treatments of pediatric patients and expectant mothers without other means of transportation. These transportation services are offered for both local healthcare appointments as well as healthcare appointments at larger medical facilities for medical treatments not available in Escambia County.

When asked why she chose the Wheels of Wellness as her benefiting charity, Ash said, “Any way we can improve the quality of life in our communities we are excited to partner with organizations that can help. The Wheels of Wellness is a remarkable program, and we hope that contributions like ours will encourage others to give and keep this essential program alive.”