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Tom Thumb Food Stores announced as Title Sponsor of the 14th Annual Deering Seafood Festival

MIAMI (February 26, 2018)

Jimmy McCarthy and Tom McCarthy of Tom Thumb Food Stores Inc. presented the Deering Estate Foundation with a donation of $25,000 to become the Title Sponsor of the 14th Annual Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay being held on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Awarded 2017 Best Event of the Year by the Greater Miami Festival & Events Association, this highly-anticipated signature fundraising event is an all-day celebration showcasing the best of South Florida at the historic Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay: fresh seafood, celebrity chef demos, children's rides, live entertainment, and educational activities – all with a bay-side view!

"We are so excited to be involved with this festival and to add another element to what is already an outstanding tradition for families across South Florida," says Jimmy McCarthy, President and CEO.

And tradition is something McCarthy knows something about. Started in 1964 by his father, Tom Thumb is a family-owned and operated business that has been a fixture on the landscape from the Keys to Broward County for more than 50 years. Brothers Tom and Jimmy took over the business in 2015 and continue to stay true to the brand's commitment to the community.

"Tom Thumb is such an iconic South Florida brand," says Mary Pettit, Executive Director of the Deering Estate Foundation and producer of the Deering Seafood Festival for the past 11 years. "Jimmy and Tom [McCarthy] have grown up here, raised their families here, and continue to support their local communities. We couldn't have found a better partner for our biggest fundraiser of the year."

Guests of the festival will be able to enjoy fun giveaways and a visit to the Tom Thumb Hospitality Tent for a taste of the "fast, fresh, friendly" service they're known for.

Tickets to the Seafood Festival are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate for adults; $7 in advance for children ages 4 to 14 and $10 at the gate for children. Get your tickets today at www.deeringseafoodfestival.org and give a thumbs up to Tom Thumb Food Stores!

Photos of check presentation and Deering Seafood Festival logo with title sponsor.

About Tom Thumb Food Stores Inc. 
Tom Thumb Food Stores is a family-owned and operated convenience store chain that has maintained a presence in South Florida for more than 50 years, with locations spanning from Fort Lauderdale to Key West. Tom Thumb was founded in 1964 by Tom Smith and his son-in-law Jim McCarthy with a single store in Miami, Florida. With the Success of this location, more locations were opened and the company now operates 15 Tom Thumb locations and 8 Subway franchises, both in Tom Thumb locations and free-standing locations throughout South Florida.

About the Deering Estate Foundation
Established in 1989, The 
Deering Estate Foundation is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation and the philanthropic arm of the Deering Estate. Its Board of Directors, members and volunteers are made up of a diverse group of business and community leaders who are dedicated advocates of the Estate and active supporters of education, research, cultural arts, environmental conservation and historic preservation.

About the Deering Estate
The 
Deering Estate preserves the 1920s era Miami estate of Charles Deering, Chicago industrialist, early preservationist, environmentalist, art collector, philanthropist and first chairman of the International Harvester Company. Nestled along the coast in South Dade, the Deering Estate is a cultural asset and historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

As a 21st Century museum destination for tourists and local residents, signature events, programs and preservation of our history positions, the Deering Estate is an iconic marker for our community's cultural identity and memory. The Deering Estate's first 30 years were marked by preservation and conservation of these rich cultural and ecological resources and our future continues to build upon this wonderful legacy of stewardship envisioned by Charles Deering.