By Tiffany Hutto
North Florida and East Central Florida
Thanks to the generous support of loyal customers and associates, Southeastern Grocers and Wounded Warrior Project® celebrated the successful Wall of Honor community donation campaign at Winn-Dixie store No. 80 in Jacksonville, Florida, with a contribution of more than $520,000.
Throughout the Southeastern Grocers Wall of Honor campaign, held Nov. 2 to Nov. 15, customers were encouraged to visit their neighborhood BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores to purchase a $1 Dedication Card and write a special message to their own military hero. Store teams proudly displayed these personal dedications in elaborate Wall of Honor tributes at each store to visually honor those who served and those who continue to serve and sacrifice for the nation.
On Nov. 24, Wounded Warrior Project CEO Steve Nardizzi and Alumnus James Rivera accepted a check for $526,825.66 to benefit Wounded Warrior Project in support of its Independence Program, which aids injured veterans and their families.
“Through the Wall of Honor campaign, our customers and associates continued to demonstrate the pride they feel for our military and their families who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Ian McLeod, chief executive officer and president of Southeastern Grocers. “We want to thank them for their support and sharing personal dedications to their military heroes. We’re honored to provide these funds to Wounded Warrior Project’s Independence Program.”
“Our partnership with Southeastern Grocers demonstrates what can be achieved when like-minded charities and corporations join forces,” said Nardizzi. “Their continued generosity has provided Wounded Warrior Project with critical resources to make a positive impact in the lives of wounded veterans. That spirit of giving and support was seen once more through the Wall of Honor campaign. We’re extremely grateful to Southeastern Grocers for their tireless efforts to give back to our nation’s injured service members.”
Additionally, Southeastern Grocers has named Wounded Warrior Project its first Official Charity Partner, enabling future initiatives to increase awareness and support for Wounded Warrior Project across all BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores throughout the Southeast.