May 04, 2015
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Winn-Dixie No. 525 in Jacksonville, Alabama was the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Team Cinda Annual Fishing Tournament.​

The Winn-Dixie No. 525 team in Jacksonville, Alabama joined forces with the local police department to sponsor the Second Annual Team Cinda Bass Fishing Tournament – an event launched to raise money for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Store Director Tim Yongue became a Team Cinda supporter in January when Officer Trey Bishop asked about a door buster prize for the event. Yongue provided a gift card, but wanted to do more, he said.

“It was weighing heavy on my heart to help more,” said Yongue. “I contacted Officer Bishop the next morning and asked if I could assist with his event and he was thankful for any help that he could get. I contacted several of my key account vendors for their assistance; I was pleased with the teamwork and effort they provided.”

Yongue worked with vendors, including Flowers, Frito Lay, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Budweiser, to provide food, refreshments and giveaways for the event.

“Team Cinda would not be the success it is without the support of Winn-Dixie, its vendors, sponsorships and Tim Yongue, who was instrumental in organizing the vendor donations and seeing it through, not only this year, but again next year,” said Officer Bishop.

Team Cinda originated in 2013 to honor the police department’s lead dispatcher, Cinda Chitwood, who learned she was suffering from cervical cancer. That year, Officer Bishop organized Team Cinda to participate in Relay for Life. A cause dear to his heart, Officer Bishop became an advocate for American Cancer Society when his father, a cancer survivor, was fighting his own battle.

The team was under a time crunch with only four days before the walk-a-thon, but still managed to raise $680 by designing and selling T-shirts.

The following year, Team Cinda, with the help of Pro-staff member and local angler, Rusty Burroughs, announced its first bass fishing tournament to raise funds for Relay for Life. The team secured entry for 19 boats and raised $2,305, and set the stage for 2015, which nearly doubled its success with 38 boats and $4,000 donated to Relay for Life.

Officer Bishop said he considers himself a servant as a police officer and believes everyone should find opportunities to serve others in their community.

Yongue’s excitement spread within Winn-Dixie stores as well. Mark Junior, director of store No. 447 in Anniston, Ala., heard about Team Cinda and donated a gift card to help with purchases as well as two additional gift cards used as door buster prizes.

“It made me feel wonderful to be able to give back for such a great organization,” Yongue said.

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Tim Yongue, store director at Winn-Dixie Store No. 525.

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With the help of Winn-Dixie No. 525 and other community sponsors, the 2015 Team Cinda Bass Fishing Tournament brought in 38 boat entries and raised more than $4,000 for Relay for Life.

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