April 25, 2014
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Team Trish: About 100 Winn-Dixie associate, comprised of District Director Mark Nyquist’s and District Director Jennifer Short’s stores, raised a record $3,000 in the Walk MS Brevard County.​

Despite the fact that he has transferred to the Miami region, District Director Mark Nyquist returned to Central Florida to support former Winn-Dixie Store Director Trish Bennett in the Walk MS Brevard County for the fifth year in a row.

Nyquist has been part of Team Trish in support of Bennett, who is battling multiple sclerosis (MS). Along with new Jacksonville Region District Director Jennifer Short and Winn-Dixie store No. 2333 Store Director Dan Sinor, Nyquist helped rally a record 100 associates and $3,000 in donations from the two participating districts.

Nyquist was one of the four original members of Team Trish, which includes Bennett, her sister and a pharmacist. After transferring to the Miami Region, Nyquist stayed involved with the annual event and reached out to his associates for their support. It didn’t take long for his team to heed the call, some of which drove hours to join their new district director at the event.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to watch the team grow with Winn-Dixie associates who participate out of the goodness of their hearts,” Nyquist said. “Together, we rallied around one of our own, while raising funds and awareness to fight MS.”

Nyquist also views the fundraising event as a valuable team building opportunity; one that now connects Winn-Dixie associates from two districts. Winn-Dixie supplied snacks and water for the participants, and Nyquist put on his chef’s hat during a barbeque to celebrate the team’s success. With even more districts already showing interest in next year’s event, Nyquist says he’s excited for the future of Team Trish.

“It’s great to see so much support for Trish, and we hope to continue to build on our growth next year,” he said. “Not only is it a tremendous cause, but it’s a great team building experience for associates to have a lot of fun together outside of their stores.”

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