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WinCo Foods Representative wins $10,000 in Groceries for the American Red Cross from Eckrich® during the Washington State Game

Donation to Help Those Affected By Western Wildfires

/EIN News/ -- PULLMAN, Wash., Sept. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- During Saturday’s Washington State versus Boise State matchup, an unexpected turn of events for this week’s consumer winner of the Eckrich® Road to the National Championship Sweepstakes led to a big donation to the American Red Cross. Kyra Gorski from White Salmon, Washington, was unable to attend the game and attempt a million-dollar throw because of the wildfires burning in her area. Mary Pierce, vice president of deli operations at WinCo Foods, threw on her behalf and made a five-yard throw for $10,000 in free groceries to WinCo Foods. Since Gorski was ineligible for any winnings, Eckrich is donating the winnings to the American Red Cross to help assist victims of the Western wildfires.

Mary Pierce of WinCo Foods Completes Pass to Win $10,000 for the American Red Cross, on Behalf of Eckrich
Mary Pierce of WinCo Foods Completes Pass to Win $10,000 for the American Red Cross, on Behalf of Eckrich

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Pierce first had an attempt from 20 yards to win $1 Million for the charity but, after an unsuccessful throw, she stepped up to the five-yard line and made a perfect throw to win $10,000 in free groceries.

"WinCo Foods has partnered with Eckrich for a number of years, and it's great to work with a brand that gives so much to the community," said Pierce. “It’s such a great feeling to make this throw and know that the winnings are going to the American Red Cross to help so many people in need who are affected by these wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. Thank you again to Eckrich, and everyone who was a part of making this happen!”

“We are proud to partner with WinCo Foods to make this donation to the American Red Cross, and we thank Ms. Pierce and WinCo Foods for helping us do it,” said Michael Paribello, Smithfield Foods senior director of marketing. “Whether tailgating or homegating, Eckrich smoked sausage and deli meats make great staple snacks while you’re cheering on your favorite team. The Eckrich Road to the National Championship is designed to provide fans with moments like this at some of the biggest games on the college football schedule!”

The sweepstakes will continue each week during the 2017 college football season, ending in Atlanta at the 2018 national championship game. Eckrich is the Official Smoked Sausage and Deli Meat sponsor of the College Football Playoff.

Fans can look for specially marked packages of Eckrich Smoked Sausage and Deli Meats and go to to enter for their chance to throw for $1 Million.

Eckrich is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN TO ‎LEGAL RESIDENTS OF SPECIFIC STATES WITHIN THE 50 UNITED STATES AND WASHINGTON D.C. WHO ARE THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR STATE OF RESIDENCE AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes ends 12/20/17. For complete Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit The $1,000,000 prize will be awarded as a 40-year annuity for which the winner will receive $25,000 annually for 40 years. Sponsor: Armour-Eckrich Meats LLC, 4225 Naperville Rd., Lisle, IL 60532.

About Eckrich
Founded by Peter Eckrich in 1894, Eckrich has a rich heritage starting from a small meat market in Fort Wayne, Ind. Through it all, Eckrich meats have been recognized for their great taste and supreme quality, craftsmanship, care and pride. For more information, visit

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly's®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit

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