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Unique Canned Food Sculptures and Celebrity-Judged Talent Competition to Highlight Cypress Semiconductor Corp.'s 19th Annual Holiday Food Drive Event | Cypress Semiconductor

Unique Canned Food Sculptures and Celebrity-Judged Talent Competition to Highlight Cypress Semiconductor Corp.'s 19th Annual Holiday Food Drive Event

Last Updated: December 17, 2009

Former NFL Players Eric Wright, Steve Bono and Keena Turner, Olympic Gold Medalist Brandi Chastain and Reality TV Finalist Manuel Romero to Judge Dec. 17th Competition

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 17, 2009 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) is hosting its 19th annual holiday food drive event today, capping another year of fundraising for the Second Harvest Food Bank’s annual Holiday Food and Fund Drive. The event will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the company’s headquarters, located at 198 Champion Court in San Jose, Calif. The company’s goal is to raise $500,000 in cash donations this year.

The event will feature an employee talent competition and several large Hollywood-themed sculptures built by Cypress employees using more than seven tons of canned food. The sculptures will include a classic Hollywood diner, an eight-foot Oscar statue, a large grand piano, a scene featuring characters from “The Simpsons,” and a stretch limousine. On hand to judge the talent competition are former NFL/Pro Bowl defensive back Eric Wright, Pro Bowl linebacker Keena Turner, quarterback Steve Bono, Olympic soccer gold medalist, Brandi Chastain, and singer-songwriter Manuel Romero, a finalist in the inaugural season of NBC’s reality television series “America’s Got Talent.”

Cypress's annual holiday food drive event draws awareness to the Second Harvest Food Bank's efforts to feed local families during the holidays, and large canned food sculptures are always part of the event. Examples of sculptures built in previous years include a NASCAR race track, a Las Vegas casino, a chess board with a remote controlled rook, a three-hole playable miniature golf course, a fire engine with siren and flashing lights, a World War II battle at sea, a twelve foot tall pirate's ship, a smoke-breathing dragon, a steam train, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Cypress is looking to claim its 19th consecutive Corporate Food Bowl Challenge trophy for donating the most per capita dollars and pounds of food during the food bank's annual Holiday Food Drive.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the single largest provider of food, information, and supportive services to hungry children, adults and elderly people in both counties. One of the nation's largest and most efficient community food banks, $0.95 of every $1 donated goes directly to food purchase, programs and services.  The Food Bank will distribute more than 45 million pounds of food to people in the community this year, distributing the food through a network of more than 315 nonprofit agencies. Second Harvest works in concert with the food industry, government, volunteers, corporations and individuals to feed those in need.

About Eric Wright
Eric Wright was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft. A cornerback from the University of Missouri, Wright played in 10 NFL seasons and spent his entire career with the 49ers. In his best season, 1983, Wright intercepted seven passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns. He was a four-time Super Bowl winner with the 49ers and appeared twice in the NFL Pro Bowl.

About Keena Turner
Keena Turner was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft. A linebacker from Purdue University, Turner played in 11 NFL seasons—all with the 49ers. Turner was named to the 1983 NFL Pro Bowl team and retired from the 49ers with four Super Bowl rings. He is now in his second season as the 49ers’ Vice President of Football Affairs.

About Steve Bono
Steve Bono played in the NFL for 14 years and with five teams. His longest stint was with the San Francisco 49ers from 1989 to 1993. In 1994, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, and one year later, he guided the Chiefs to a 13-3 record and a division title. At season's end, he was selected for the AFC Pro Bowl team.

About Brandi Chastain
Brandi Chastain is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in women’s soccer. She was on the U.S. women’s national soccer team from 1991 to 2004 and is currently a midfielder on the FC Gold Pride women’s professional soccer team, based in Santa Clara, Calif. Chastain is co-founder of BAWSI (Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative) and serves on its Athlete-Advisory Council.

About Manuel Romero
Manuel Romero is a singer-songwriter from Milpitas, Calif., who was a finalist on NBC’s reality television series “America’s Got Talent,” which aired in the summer of 2007. In 2002, Romero received the International Trebby Award for best popular album and song of the year along with Grammy nominations for Best Album and Best New Artist. He has released five albums to date.

About Cypress
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC® programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives such as PowerPSoC® solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, CapSense® touch sensing and TrueTouch™ solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable timing devices. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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