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University of Miami Athletics Receives a Donation of PPE from NFL Legend Ray Lewis & Toast Distillers

Ray Lewis and Toast Distillers Donate PPE Supplies to University of Miami AthleticsMonday, June 22, 1pm – University of Miami Athletics, 5821 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Football League and University of Miami football alumni and CEO of No Excuses, Ray Lewis, and Toast Distillers, Inc., the Miami-based spirits conglomerate best-known for its ultra-premium vodka Toast™, will be donating 384 gallons and 500, 8-oz. bottles of No Excuses Hand Sanitizer and EZ Hand Sanitizer®, 1,200 No Excuses face masks 100 face shields to University of Miami’s Athletics.

Lewis will join Dieuveny “DJ” Jean Louis, founder and CEO of Toast Distillers, Inc., and Blake James, UM’s Director of Athletics, at the university on June 22 for delivery of the supplies, which are intended to help UM student-athletes continue to train and work out while following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The face shields will be used for medical personnel, trainers and staff. 

Lewis is widely considered to be one of the best NFL players of all time. He has now taken that passion he had for the game and is creating a new team to help achieve the mission of changing a billion lives. The genesis of the no excuses brand is Lewis’s experience pushing past all obstacles to become a legendary football player, mentor, speaker and business man. No Excuses is built upon ray’s own eight pillars of personal development: physical, emotional, social, financial, nutritional, spiritual, mental and environment.

The donations of EZ Hand Sanitizer® and face shields ― and all donations from Toast Distillers, Inc., and its subsidiary, Miami Distilling Company ― are made possible through Toast First Response. Louis, who lived through the catastrophic 2010 Haiti earthquake, launched this corporate social responsibility division of his companies to fundraise for natural disaster relief.

In keeping with this philosophy of giving, Toast Distillers, Inc., partnered with the Cosmetic Corporation of America in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the demand for hand sanitizer. The companies produced and shipped their newly created EZ Hand Sanitizer® for diverse sectors throughout South Florida and nationwide including military, government and traditional retail.