April 11, 2014
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Winn-Dixie store no. 757 Store Director Donald Durham, Central Park Elementary School Principal Cherise Coleman, Art Teacher Kristi Butts-North and Winn-Dixie Assistant Store Director Jon Legrand.​

Winn-Dixie store No. 757 Store Director Donald Durham turned an “Art Fest” event with Central Park Elementary School into a fundraiser for the school’s Relay For Life team on March 5.

Students and families of the Plantation, Fla. school visited their neighborhood Winn-Dixie store for an event that raised nearly $450, split between the school’s relay team and art program. Relay for life is an annual running event dedicated to raising money to fight cancer.

As the store geared up for its second annual art night event with the school, Durham wanted to introduce a way to create more excitement and draw more families to the store. Durham suggested making featured art available to parents for a $2 donation to raise funds for Relay For Life and the art program. Central Park Elementary School Art Teacher Kristi Butts-North, who helped decorate the store with the students’ artwork, praised Durham’s creativity to give the second annual event a special twist.

“It’s amazing to know our partnership with Winn-Dixie is now touching lives outside of Central Park Elementary, especially those affected by cancer,” said North. “It’s partners like Donald and the store team that help make an already tremendous Art Fest an even greater success, and we can’t thank them enough for that.”

More than 2,000 pieces of artwork were on display, covering each department throughout the store. The event quickly became a treasure hunt, as nearly 350 students eagerly guided their families through the aisles of Winn-Dixie, searching for their creations. To raise extra donations, the store team kept the students’ pieces up over the weekend for families who couldn’t attend the Art Fest. Durham said working with his school partner to support a worldwide cause is a great accomplishment for his store.

“It’s always a wonderful feeling to have families and staff of Central Park Elementary School in our store and help make an invaluable impact on our neighbors,” he said. “Relay For Life is a great cause that can touch countless lives, so we were thrilled to bring the community together to support the Central Park Elementary team.”

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Central Park Elementary School Art Teacher Mrs. North helped fill Winn-Dixie store no. 757 with festive decorations and more than 2,000 pieces of art.

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The students of Central Park Elementary School showed how much they love Winn-Dixie on a thank you banner that was displayed at the store.

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Many parents purchased their children’s artwork to benefit the Central Park Elementary School Relay for Life Team, as well as the school’s art program.

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