October 04, 2013
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From left, District Director Perry Fontanille, Winn-Dixie No. 1418 Store Director Andrea Netter, store No. 1444 Director Marie Kingsmill, store No. 1472 Culinary Manager Darlene DiVincent, Store No. 1406 associate Jessica Scott and store No. 1406 Director Clayton Majeste.​

The Z-Day 5K + Fest came to the Pontchartrain Convention Center in Kenner, La. Sept. 21, presenting an intense, zombie-filled festival event featuring hundreds of “zombies” chasing runners through a 3.1-mile course. Winn-Dixie was on hand to help the popular event and support the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Participants in the race could choose to be a runner and be chased by zombies, or be a zombie and chase the non-zombies.

And when zombie and living event participants weren’t chasing each other through rain and mud, they were enjoying a festival of music and vendor booths, including event sponsor Winn-Dixie.

New Orleans region Winn-Dixie associates from a number of area stores were on hand with Win-Dixie store No.1406 Director Clayton Majeste , District Director Perry Fontanille, Winn-Dixie store No. 1444 Director Marie Kingsmill and Winn-Dixie store No. 1418 Director Andrea Netter. Winn Dixie was a primary sponsor, helping allow NOLA Zombie to donate $5,000 to the SPCA in Jefferson Parish and Louisiana SPCA in Algiers, La.

“I was on the PA system saying, ‘Calling all zombies to the Winn-Dixie tent,’” Majeste said. “I think it was a creative and frightful way to raise money for the SPCA,” said Winn-Dixie store No. 1406 Director Clayton Majeste.

Winn Dixie’s food booth, decorated with Halloween-themed body parts, was named “Dem Bones.” Offerings included barbecue ribs and jambalaya. In addition, the booth offered alligator, crawfish and shrimp sausage on a stick and desserts of assorted parfaits mirroring the events theme. All of the foods were given zombie-themed names, Majeste said – for example, chocolate parfaits and strawberry parfaits “dirt cups” and “blood cups.”

Hundreds of people attended the event, despite the rain, he said.

“It was a sloppy mess, but who cares? People were dressed like zombies. The more they rolled in the mud, the more they looked creature-like,” Majeste said.

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