For Immediate Release:
October 30, 2012

Media Contact:
Olga Vega

Commissioner Diaz teams up with Badia Spices to raise funds for Autism

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Today, Miami Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz and the CEO of Badia Spices, Joseph “Pepe” Badia, packaged and labeled bottles of Badia’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil in an effort to help raise funds for The Dan Marino Foundation, which assists and treats those with autism. From now until December 31, 2012, Badia Spices will donate 5% of the proceeds from every bottle sold to The Dan Marino Foundation to empower children and young adults with autism so their future can take root and blossom.

Mary Partin, CEO Dan Marino Foundation, Jasper “JJ” Johnson, President of Clear Channel Outdoor, Joseph “Pepe” Badia, President of Badia Spices, Inc., Rixys Alfonso, Director of Corporate Marketing Dan Marino Foundation and  Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 12

Photo Credits: Armando Rodriguez

“As a generous contributor to our community, I was ecstatic that my friend Pepe Badia gave me the opportunity to partner up with him and his team for this very worthy international campaign.” said Commissioner Diaz. “I encourage everyone to purchase a bottle of Badia’s extra virgin olive oil and help with this very worthy cause.”

In 2011, Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz sponsored a resolution urging the Florida Legislature to establish the Dan Marino Foundation Florida Vocational College, which assists students ages 18 to 28 who have development disabilities and who are no longer eligible for exceptional student education funding due to age or high school graduation.

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that impairs communication skills and social abilities. There is no known cause or cure for autism, which is estimated to affect 1 out of every 88 children born in the United States.

For more information, please visit The Dan Marino Foundation’s website at

Joseph “Pepe” Badia, President of Badia Spices, Inc. and Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 12


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