July 13, 2015
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Attendees at the “I Love Edisto” live auction, from left, Community Involvement Specialist Alissa Crankshaw, Regional Sales Manager Philip Fields, Angel Jackson, District Director Jason Jackson and BI-LO No. 5742 Store Director Barbara Daniels.​

For the second year, BI-LO store No. 5742 in Edisto Island, South Carolina supported the Edisto Open Land Trust Tomato Open.

Although tomatoes are no longer harvested in Edisto, the crop’s heritage still lies in the area. Also important to the community is the preservation of the beautiful land on which the tomatoes once grew.

As the only grocer in the island community, BI-LO and store No. 5742 leadership have a strong tie to this dedicated community of around 3,000 people.

The Edisto Open Land Trust foundation was established in 1994 and works to preserve lands, scenic vistas, heritage and conservation resources of Edisto Island. For the 21stanniversary, BI-LO joined forces with the foundation as presenting sponsor of the Edisto Open Land Trust Tomato Open Golf Tournament and “I Love Edisto” live auction.

The weekend kicked off Friday night at the Edisto Beach Civic Center as 200 local dignitaries and BI-LO representatives gathered for the auction, which featured BI-LO local South Carolina offerings and tomato-inspired recipes.

A BI-LOcal vendor provided samples of local barbeque sauces paired with tater tots, delicious peanuts, stone-ground cheese grits, and fresh key lime pie with a local strawberry jam, and kept a line in front of the table for most of the evening. Auction items included vacation trips, hunting and fishing excursions, artwork, weekend getaways and more.

Bright and early on Saturday morning, 26 golf teams, including a BI-LO team, attended the Tomato Open golf tournament to raise money and awareness for the conservation of the island and celebrate the beauty of Edisto Island.

“The Edisto community really appreciates BI-LO’s commitment to helping their wonderful island,” BI-LO No. 5742 Store Director Barbara Daniels said. “Locals stick out among the many vacationers this time of year, and the local residents make it known every time they enter the store how thankful they are for their island BI-LO.”

Daniels and District Director Jason Jackson were recognized for BI-LO’s involvement throughout the two-day event.

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John Brunty of Charleston Specialty Foods, center left, chats with BI-LO No. 5742 Store Director Barbara Daniels.

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