June 26, 2013


Alcoa helps bring back FreedomFest to celebrate 100 years in the community

After four years of waiting, FreedomFest returns with the help of Alcoa Tennessee Operations.


On June 29, the 35th annual FreedomFest will be held at Alcoa Duck Pond.  The fireworks show begins at 9:40 p.m.


Alcoa Inc. is thrilled to be a part of bringing FreedomFest back to the community. This is also fitting since Alcoa Tennessee Operations is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.


Ken McMillen, Alcoa Inc.’s Tennessee location manager said he is excited about partnering with the city to bring back FreedomFest.


“People have missed the fireworks over the last few years,” McMillen said. “FreedomFest is a great event that thousands of people enjoy. I’m glad we could help revive a community tradition.”


In celebration of the anniversary, the company will debut a newly designed aluminum canned water.


This will be the first all-aluminum event for FreedomFest – with all soft drinks and water being offered in cans only.  Alcoa has partnered with Keep Blount Beautiful to promote recycling at the event. There will be a recycling trailer as well as recycling bins around the park.


The centennial anniversary cans will be sold at FreedomFest.


“All proceeds generated from selling the centennial canned water will go toward funding educational programs that will help grow successful and competitive students within the Alcoa City school system,” said Michael Yates, ACSF Director of Grants and Contracts.


“The Alcoa City Schools Foundation awarded 22 educational grants to the Alcoa School system in 2013. Grants were issued to benefit and support educational programs at all three city school locales, Alcoa Elementary, Alcoa Middle, and Alcoa High School. Several grants had a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focus,“ said Yates.


“The Alcoa City Schools Foundation is grateful for the kind generosity and support it receives from the community, particularly Alcoa Inc.,” Yates added.


Since the last FreedomFest in 2008, Alcoa Inc. has donated 3,033 cases of water to nonprofit organizations in the area. The centennial canned water will be available for nonprofits upon request. For more information, please contact David Lazar at david.lazar@alcoa.com 


About Alcoa Tennessee Operations

Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world’s largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans and is based in Blount County, Tennessee.  Locally, it employs more than 1,000 at its fabrication plants in Blount County and its downtown Knoxville office.

About Alcoa City Schools Foundation
The Alcoa City Schools Foundation is independently operated, non-profit, and is established to assist the schools in improving the quality of education. The Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization and meets the IRS regulations pertaining to charities. Consequently the separate, non-profit, educational foundation enables donors to receive maximum tax benefits for their gifts.