Every summer, Winn-Dixie No. 2503 in Wesley Chapel, Florida holds an annual Associate Appreciation Day to thank its associates for the hard work they demonstrate throughout the year.
Service Area Manager Jessica Koschman spearheaded the annual event and said this year’s was special because it was held after the Wounded Warrior Day donation event this Fourth of July.
“Our team was dedicated to making the July 4 donation day a successful one and they really put in a lot of effort,” she said. “It was great to throw an event for them after the Fourth to show them how grateful we are for their hard work.”
The store’s Associate Appreciation Day features raffles and prizes, including Winn-Dixie gift cards and vendor-donated items. There were enough prizes this year to give all of the store’s associates an opportunity to take one home.
During the celebration, Store Director Salvatore Cahill offered associates grilled chicken and hot dogs, and each department contributed a side dish, including macaroni salad and potato salad, a fruit bowl and cake.
“The appreciation day keeps associates positive—it makes them feel like they are a part of a family and they are valued,” said Koschman. “We know how hard they work for the company and our customers, and we want to make sure they know that.”