June 12, 2015
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Randall Middle School recognized Winn-Dixie No. 2499 as “Business Partner of the Year.” Store associates pictured from back row left to right: Brad Wink, Lydia Crawford, Iris Delossanto and Store Director Jon Copple. Front row left to right: Leticia Muniz, Kim Plattner, Celynna Morales and Nikki Hernandez.​

Winn-Dixie store Nos. 2484 and 2499 make it a priority to build relationships with local schools. In turn, area schools have awarded the stores with “Business Partner of the Year” for their dedication to the communities they serve.

Explorer K-8 School recognized Winn-Dixie No. 2484 in Spring Hill, Florida as its “Business Partner of the Year.” Over the last year and a half, the store has joined with the school for math night and has donated items for spaghetti dinners and other events.

Through the partnership with Explorer K-8, Winn-Dixie No. 2484 gained new customers – parents of the children who attend the school will shop at the location as a result of a math night they attended.

“Our store and associates want to support the neighborhood and community and in my eyes that’s important,” said John Orozco, Winn-Dixie No. 2484 director. “You have to support the community to make yourself known, and that’s proven to help us from the events we’ve participated in.”

Orozco and his No. 2484 team also support Spring Hill Elementary and Springstead High School.

Winn-Dixie No. 2499 in Lithia earned two awards for their partnerships with area schools: “Business Partner of the Year” from Randall Middle School and “SOUPerstar of the Year” from Pinecrest Elementary School.

Randall Middle School thanked the store for its yearlong services and contributions, especially the bakery team, who worked with the faculty to design specialized cakes and baked sweets for many of their events.

“A lot of future leaders are coming from these schools – 137 students were listed on Randall Middle’s honor roll this year,” said Jon Copple, Winn-Dixie No. 2499 director.

In addition to its “Business Partner of the Year” award, Winn-Dixie No. 2499 was also recognized as Pinecrest Elementary School’s “SOUPerstar of the Year.” The school thanks its corporate partners and chose 10 business leaders in the community to honor – Winn-Dixie was the only supermarket.

“The store is surrounded by many great schools,” said Copple. “It is our pleasure to be involved with as many of them as possible.”

Winn-Dixie No. 2499 and associates were awarded at a luncheon sponsored by the school faculty. Many varieties of soup were served and jarred soup was given to the winners – hence the name “SOUPerstar.”

“The work we do to support the schools is really a team effort,” said Copple. “I couldn’t do it without the great people working with me who interact with the schools and our customers.”

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Winn-Dixie No. 2499 Director Joe Copple (second from left) was named “SOUPerstar of the Year” by Pinecrest Elementary Principal Denise Mobley (second from right) and faculty members.

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Winn-Dixie store No. 2484 associates.

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