SANTA BARBARA, CA, Apr 07, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Vitamin Angels has appointed Anthony Zolezzi to their board.
Zolezzi has been involved on a volunteer basis with Vitamin Angels for the past three years and has been a vital part of their Celebration of Angels fundraisers at Expo East. He has helped Vitamin Angels raise millions of dollars not only as an advisor behind-the-scenes, but also as the emcee of the event for the last two years. He accepted the position in part to support Vitamin Angels' most aggressive campaign to date, "Operation 20/20," and continues to gain exposure for Vitamin Angels to other companies in the natural products industry and in other industries. The goal of "Operation 20/20" is to eradicate childhood blindness caused by vitamin A deficiency worldwide by the year 2020. In 2007 alone they were responsible for the distribution of vitamin A supplements to 5.5 million children in need around the world.
Zolezzi is the immediate past chairman of the board for The Organic Center for Education and Promotion. As an eco-entrepreneur, Zolezzi specializes in encouraging sustainable business practices from the virtuous circle to reducing, recycling and reusing. His work has resulted in more than 25 entrepreneurial product developments designed to add value to human and animal nutrition, as well as people and the planet's wellbeing. He has worked with organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including Nestle, The Prince of Wales Duchy Originals, Bumble Bee Seafood, Horizon Organic Dairy, Wild Oats Markets, Viacom and Paramount Pictures.
In addition, Zolezzi has taken social trends and turned them into food trends such as his creation of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants based on the award-winning film "Forrest Gump" starring Tom Hanks. He also developed Cafe Nervosa Coffee based off NBC's hit sitcom, "Frasier." Zolezzi is author of four books including his most recent, "Do Something" (ASM Books, 2008).