St. Croix, September 18, 2017 – The Cruzan Rum Distillery, based on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, today committed $500,000 to the Fund for the Virgin Islands to support relief and recovery from Hurricane Irma in the Territory.
The donation brings more than $1.6 million in contributions by Cruzan and its corporate parents towards hurricane relief in the U.S. and its Territories.
“My family has been producing Cruzan Rum in the US Virgin Islands for generations, and we’re determined to help our friends and neighbors whose lives have been upended by this devastating hurricane,” said Gary Nelthropp, president & master distiller of Cruzan Rum. “While St. Croix was spared the worst of Irma’s wrath, our sister islands of St. Thomas and St. John took a hard hit. We’re inspired by the way Virgin Islanders have come together, including how former NBA star and St. Croix native Tim Duncan has helped raise awareness and millions of dollars for the needs of the USVI’s people, how Governor Mapp has urgently mobilized the Territory’s resources, how the Administration and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett have led from Washington. As the USVI now braces for Hurricane Maria, we hope our support will inspire others to help, as well.”
The Fund for the Virgin Islands was established by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has been operating in the USVI for more than 25 years. It has supported past relief efforts in the region and is working closely with government and community providers to identify priorities and direct resources for immediate needs as well as long-term recovery efforts. For more information, please visit www.usvirecovery.org.
About Cruzan® Rum
Named for the people of St. Croix (Crucians), Cruzan® Rum is a quality spirit, crafted for consumers to embrace all of life’s flavors surrounded by quality people. Cruzan Rum, distilled by the Nelthropp family, who has called the island home for eight generations, is a better tasting rum due to its ingredients and a unique five-column distillation process. The Cruzan portfolio of rums includes Cruzan® Aged Light Rum, Cruzan® Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan® Black Strap Rum, Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum, Cruzan® Estate Diamond™ Dark Rum, Cruzan® Estate Diamond™ Light Rum, Cruzan® 151 Proof Rum, Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum and 15 flavored rums. Cruzan Single Barrel Rum and Cruzan Aged Dark Rum were most recently recognized with gold medals in the 2017 Rum Masters awards, a prestigious blind taste-testing competition that chooses the best among rums worldwide in the light, dark, extra-aged, super-premium, and flavor categories.
Cruzan Rum is part of Chicago-based Beam Suntory, a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.