The Academy of Country Music®, dick clark productions, and Wells Fargo announced today 55th Academy of Country Music Awards™ performer Mickey Guyton will appear in a special moment airing during the telecast to help raise awareness around the issue of hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country, and its network of member food banks, Wells Fargo is turning many of its locations across the country into mobile food distribution centers with the goal of providing 50 million meals* to individuals and families through the Wells Fargo Drive-Up Food Bank program.
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Country Music star Mickey Guyton will appear in a special moment airing during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards on September 16 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS to help raise awareness around the issue of hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Business Wire)
Additionally, Wells Fargo is joining forces with ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, and donating $100,000 to the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund. Created in response to the growing need, the fund assists individuals working in the Country Music industry who are suffering a financial crisis as a result of the pandemic. This donation is in addition to the more than $175 million the Wells Fargo Foundation has donated to help address critical community needs such as food assistance, financial health, small business, and housing stability in communities across the United States since the beginning of the pandemic.
"We are delighted to work with Wells Fargo for the 55th ACM Awards show this year and honored to have Mickey Guyton spotlight and raise awareness on the continued efforts of improving communities across the country,” said Lyndsay Cruz, executive director of ACM Lifting Lives. "Wells Fargo has provided countless resources for people to turn to during these challenging times, and their generous donation to the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund will further assist those still in need in the Country Music industry seeking financial assistance.”
Hosted by reigning ACM® Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban, the 55th ACM Awards®, a Night of Heart and Hits Live from Nashville, Tennessee, will be broadcast on Wednesday, Sept. 16, (live 8:00-11:00 p.m. Eastern time/delayed Pacific time) on the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream on demand on CBS All Access.
For the first time in the show’s history, the awards will take place in Nashville, broadcasting from three iconic Country Music venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe. As previously announced, the 55th ACM Awards will also feature performances by Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani, Tenille Townes, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Trisha Yearwood and more to be announced.
Multimedia assets about the Wells Fargo Drive-Up Food Bank program can be found in the Wells Fargo Newsroom. For more information, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook, follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards, and sign up for the free ACM A-List for more immediate updates.
*50 million meals calculation is based on 1) Projected number of meals distributed through Wells Fargo Drive-Up Food Bank events and 2) Wells Fargo’s financial contributions to support Feeding America food banks 7/20/20-10/31/20. $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.
About Mickey Guyton
Mickey Guyton was born in Arlington, Texas, and began singing in church at a young age. She was drawn to a variety of artists with big voices including Dolly Parton, Cece Winans, Whitney Houston, and LeAnn Rimes. After signing to Capitol Records Nashville, Mickey’s first appearance was an all-star concert at the White House captured by PBS. In 2015, she released her self-titled EP featuring her debut single, "Better Than You Left Me.” The following year she was nominated for her first Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist. Mickey returned to the ACM Awards in 2019 performing "I’m Standing With You” from the BREAKTHROUGH movie soundtrack alongside Chrissy Metz, Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, and Maddie & Tae. During the last few years, Mickey has been focused on her songwriting and will release her EP, Bridges, on Sept. 11. Bridges will include "What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”, which Variety called "... exquisitely sung, moving and brilliant,” as well as, "Black Like Me,” a song Mickey cowrote in March 2019 at a cross-genre writing camp. Due to demand, "Black Like Me” was released in June and has been praised by critics and fans alike, with HITS noting the song "nudges America’s conscience with personal truth and gospel fervor.” Her latest single, "Heaven Down Here,” was written in recent months as a plea to God to spare a little love for this world in need. Mickey and her music have been featured recently by The New York Times, CBS This Morning, NPR, Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Paste, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, American Songwriter, and Pollstar.
About the Academy of Country Music Awards™
The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the Country Music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast live on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, on the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream live and on-demand on CBS All Access. R.A. Clark, Amy Thurlow, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco, and Linda Gierahn are executive producers. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.
About ACM Lifting Lives®
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives® funds music health programs while also serving members of the music community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. With generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives® has funded national music therapy programs serving various mental and physical health organizations. Some of the recipients have included patients at children’s hospitals and other healthcare facilities, recovering veterans, people with Williams syndrome, and individuals with mental illness. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.97 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,300 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 31 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2020 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights, and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.
Additional information may be found at www.wellsfargo.com | Twitter: @WellsFargo.
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SINGAPORE, Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Zuellig Pharma, a leading healthcare services provider in Asia, announced that it will significantly expand its cold storage warehouse capacity in key regional markets over the next 12 months. As the largest vaccines and cold chain pharmaceutical distributor in Asia excluding China and Japan, the move comes as the company prepares for the anticipated storage and distribution demands of COVID-19 vaccines.
In Cambodia, the construction of a new US$6 million 6,300 square metre warehouse is currently underway and is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2021. The new warehouse will become the country's largest pharmaceutical warehouse and increase its cold storage capacity by four times. The new warehouse will be strategically located in Phnom Penh, close to major patient population and air and sea transportation links to enable efficient distribution of vaccines and other products across the country.
Zuellig Pharma is also actively investing to expand its warehouse and distribution facilities and has plans to build a new distribution centre in Taiwan in 2024, representing an investment of approximately US$66 million.
In the Philippines, the company already has capacity to store products at -20 degrees Celsius and will add 10 medical grade freezers to augment its existing capacity in -80 degrees Celsius storage. It will also add five new cold chambers in the Philippines including three in Manila, and one each in Cebu and Davao respectively from January 2021. The company also saw the opening of a new National Distribution Centre (NDC) in September this year located in Santa Rosa on the outskirts of Manila. The 25,000 sqm facility is equipped with automation and energy efficient functionalities, including 10,000 square metres of solar panels, LED intelligent lighting and a water-chilled cooling system. It is also the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified warehouse.
In Indonesia, through its subsidiary APL, the company opened an NDC in West Java, the largest in the country, spanning 39,930 square metres. The warehouse has three different temperature-controlled environments and advanced monitoring systems to protect its operations and the integrity of products. Its advanced and resilient cold chain capability is also the largest size cold room capacity for pharmaceutical products in the country. In addition, APL manages cold rooms in 26 branches in 15 cities across the nation making the capacity much more resilient than capacity based on refrigerators.
Thailand expanded its capacity with a new cold chain room last year. Its total cold chain capacity now spans 4,070 square metres. All rooms are equipped with primary and secondary temperature alarms for enhanced product safety.
Zuellig Pharma Korea has cold chain capabilities across all their warehouse covering a cumulative area of approximately 10,000 sqm. The cold chain capacity was increased by 26 per cent this year, with plans to add 1,000 pallets in 2021.
"COVID-19 has severely tested our operations over these past few months, but it has also presented opportunities for transformational change at Zuellig Pharma. We are focusing on innovation to lead the transformation of the healthcare system. At the same time, we are working closely with governments, non-government organisations and manufacturers across the region to understand their needs and plan for the necessary logistical infrastructure in preparation for the COVID-19 vaccine. We have brought forward our expansion plans to ensure that the vaccine will be accessible to those who need them most and are able to ramp up capacity quickly when needed," said John Graham, CEO Zuellig Pharma.
Zuellig Pharma's cold chain capabilities also include eZCooler, an environmentally friendly innovation that extends the storage time of temperature-sensitive products in transit from two days with a traditional system, to five days.
"Due to COVID-19, the team has been accelerating the expansion of our warehousing facilities to meet the increased needs for cold chain solutions and other vaccine related services from both the public and private sector. Our cold chain capabilities are unsurpassed in the region and we can deliver cutting edge solutions that make healthcare accessible and help save lives. For example, eZCooler's thermal isolation system can be customised to provide the low temperatures needed to transport and store COVID-19 vaccines, which could require temperatures as low as -70 degrees Celsius. This is complemented by eZTracker, our in-house blockchain solution, which enables full traceability during the distribution of the vaccine to rural areas throughout Asia without compromising integrity," added Tom Vanmolkot, EVP Distribution and Client Services Zuellig Pharma.
Zuellig Pharma currently has over 80 distribution centres in 13 markets across Asia. All warehouse facilities, either owned or leased and operated by the company comply with licensing, permits and leading health, safety, security, and environment certification standards required by local regulators as well as by international organisations.
 LEED is a globally recognised symbol of leadership in the design and construction of healthy, energy-efficient and cost-effective buildings.
About Zuellig Pharma
Zuellig Pharma is one of the largest healthcare services groups in Asia and our purpose is to make healthcare more accessible. We provide world-class distribution, digital and commercial services to support the growing healthcare needs in this region. The company was started almost a hundred years ago and has grown to become a US$13 billion business covering 13 markets with over 12,000 employees. Our people serve over 350,000 medical facilities and work with over 1,000 clients, including the top 20 pharmaceutical companies in the world.
More recently, we launched our Zuellig Health Solutions Innovation Centre to develop new services and address some pressing healthcare needs in Asia. Since then, our teams have been focused on creating data, digital and disease management solutions, supporting patients with chronic conditions and helping payors manage healthcare costs.
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