May 23, 2014
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Winn-Dixie store no. 254 Store Director Humberto Sanchez (back right) with Tropical Elementary School Coordinator Gill Farinas and school students during their Jr. Cake Decorator event.​

A record-setting12 South Florida Winn-Dixie stores helped local families celebrate Mother’s Day weekend by hosting Jr. Cake Decorator events with their school partners.

Each store provided five-inch cakes and jumbo cupcakes for children to purchase and decorate, creating personalized treats for their moms. Thanks to the hard work of dedicated bakery associates and the support from their partners and PTA Boards, Winn-Dixie will be donating more than $8,400 from the pastry sales back the participating schools to help purchase much-needed supplies and fund special projects.

It was the first Mother’s Day Jr. Cake Decorator program for nine of the participating stores, including Winn-Dixie store No. 381 and Store Director Phil Lutz. Lutz and his associates teamed up with Glades Day School in Belle Glade, Fla., and he said that the response he received from students and parents for their efforts was unbelievable.

“Being able to work with the school to make sure the kids had a truly special and personal gift to give their mothers for the holiday was very heartwarming,” said Lutz. “I’m thrilled to have been involved in a program that has put smiles on families’ faces, as well as do our part to support the students’education.”

From principals to PTA members, Winn-Dixie associates teamed up with school staff and parents to help students ice their personal pastries. Coconut Palm Elementary School Reading Coach Colleen Cottam was elated with the support she received from Winn-Dixie store No. 250 in Miramar, Fla.

“I can’t say thank you enough to Winn-Dixie for making sure our Mother’s Day decorating was a huge success,” said Cottam. “The students truly enjoyed their time decorating with Winn-Dixie.”

Winn-Dixie Miami Region Vice President Tony Jorges was thrilled to have so many stores take part in the second consecutive Mother’s Day program.

“I am very proud our stores showed their commitment to our community and education by utilizing such a fun and creative program,” he said. “Our associates did a fantastic job of highlighting Winn-Dixie’s bakery offerings, while helping students to put a special touch on their Mother’s Day gifts.”

A full list of participating stores is below.

Mother’s Day Jr. Cake Decorating Partnerships:

Store No. 221 – West Palm Beach, Fla.: Clifford O. Taylor Kirklane Elementary School
Store No. 243 – Hialeah, Fla.: Meadowlane Elementary School PTA
Store No. 250 – Miramar, Fla.: Coconut Palm Elementary School
Store No. 254 – Miami, Fla.: Blue Lakes Elementary School PTA; Royal Palm Elementary School PTA; Tropical Elementary School PTA
Store No. 283 – Miami, Fla.: Banyan Elementary PTA
Store No. 287 – Miami, Fla.: Dr. Gilbert L Porter Elementary School PTA
Store No. 330 – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: Westwood Heights Elementary School; Dream Academy

Store No. 343 – Miami, Fla.: Linda Lentin K-8 PTA

Store No. 359 – Miami, Fla.: Archmedean Academy PTO

Store No. 366 – Miami, Fla.: Kensington Park Elementary PTA
Store No. 381 – Belle Glade, Fla.: Glades Day School
Store No. 757 – Plantation, Fla.: Nob Hill Elementary School
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From Left: Winn-Dixie store No. 221 Service Area Manager Johnathan Rodriquez, Bakery Associate Manilka Valenzuela, Kirklane Elementary School volunteer Marcela Veas and Winn-Dixie Service Area Manager Perla Corrales.
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From Left: Winn-Dixie store No. 287 Store Director Luis Rodriguez and Customer Service Associate Carlos Gimenez help students at Porter Elementary School decorate the perfect pastry for mom.
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Winn-Dixie store No. 343 Head Cake Decorator Kevin Polidor and Associate Terranika Moore with students from Linda Lentin K-8 Center.
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Students at Westwood Heights Elementary School receive help from Winn-Dixie store No. 330 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to create tasty Mother’s Day treats.
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Glades Day School in Belle Glade, Fla. partnered with Winn-Dixie store No. 381 during their Mother’s Day Jr. Cake Decorator event.
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Students at Banyan Elementary School finish up their tasty pastries for mom during their Jr. Cake Decorator event.

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