January 23, 2015
Bi-Lo Holdings BOGOs Performance The Bi-Lo Holdings choral group, the BOGOs, sings at the holiday luncheon at the Jacksonville Store Support Center on Dec. 8. From left, Senior Training Manager Rodric Mitchell, Asset Protection Recovery Service Center Manager Justin Lang, Sustainability Manager Billy Watkins and Learning and Development Project Manager Fred Kunkel. Through the week, Bi-Lo Holdings also recognized Chanukah, Diwali, Eid-al-Adha and Kwanzaa in the support center cafeteria.​

BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores and store support centers celebrated the holiday season with fun and fanfare in their local communities and workplaces. Activities included holiday performances, runs, tasting events, community dinners and much more.


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A special sale of poinsettias, candy gift items and holiday cookies at the Jacksonville Store Support Center raised nearly $2,718.50 in charitable contributions to the We Care fund Dec. 12. The Fresh and General Merchandising team donated products and the Women in Dialogue and Celebration Committee provided the volunteers. Since its inception, We Care has provided emergency assistance to more than 2,000 associates with its recurring donation program and additional one-time donations.

Gift Wrapping
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On Dec. 10, volunteers raised money for We Care by offering holiday gift-wrapping at the Jacksonville Store Support Center.
Jacksonville Children’s Chorus Performance

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Associates at the Jacksonville Store Support Center were invited to enjoy some festive holiday music on Dec. 22 with a special performance from the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. The chorus mission is to provide high-quality choral music education for children of diverse backgrounds and share the beauty of the choral art form through artistically excellent performances.

Winn-Dixie Winter in the Tropics

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Winn-Dixie stores in the Tampa, Fla.-area donated $200 to Temple Beth Sholom, a synagogue in Sarasota, Fla., for food and supplies for their “Winter in the Tropics” event. On Christmas Day, Temple Beth Sholom welcomed more than 80 community members of all ages for a day of fun, including a bounce house for children, games, arts, crafts and entertainment. “The company’s eagerness to help with our community events is outstanding and we greatly appreciate the grocer’s generosity,”said Joel Servetz, Temple Beth Sholom’s vice president of social and community affairs.

Winn-Dixie Christmas Carol Performance

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Winn-Dixie No. 2433 in Tampa, Fla. invited students from the Mitchell Elementary chorus program to perform holiday songs in the store for customers and associates. The performance culminated a year of partnerships with the school and the Hyde Park store, and the students enjoyed a boxed Winn-Dixie lunch after their performance. “We’re only a few blocks away from Mitchell Elementary, so we see the students and their parents on a regular basis in our store,” said Richard Rescigno, Winn-Dixie No. 2433 director. “We work with the school all year so it’s a treat when we get to see them play what they learned.”

BI-LO Reindeer Run

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BI-LO associates in Charleston, SC participated in the Medical University of South Carolina’s Annual Reindeer Run in early December by providing runners with fresh oranges, apples, bananas, muffins and granola to refuel after the chilly 5k. This year’s race marked the tenth anniversary for the run and topped the race’s participation with 5,000 registered runners. Participants raced throughout downtown wearing reindeer antlers and other fun holiday-themed attire.

BI-LO Gingerbread Village & Cookie Decorating

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BI-LO partnered with the Savannah Harbor Foundation and presented the Gingerbread Village at the festival featuring a large array of gingerbread masterpieces modeled after historical locations, houses, and even football stadiums. The display was set up throughout the month of December for attendees to take a look at the sweet creations. On Dec. 23, BI-LO gave attendees a chance to make their own sweet creations with a cookie-decorating event. “The cookie-decorating event was a fun event for all the children to take part in,” stated BI-LO District Director Brian Shillinglaw. “We all enjoyed interacting with the young decorators to help them create their own cookie masterpieces.”

BI-LO Christmas Dinner

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For the past 26 years, the American Red Cross Myrtle Beach Chapter holds an annual Christmas dinner to ensure no individual in the community is left without a hot meal on Christmas day, and BI-LO was there to help again this year. The event takes an army to plan, prepare and serve, as it feeds 6,500 community members at its four locations throughout the area. BI-LO supported the event with food donations, food transportation and volunteers during the days of preparation. “Seeing this event come together is nothing short than amazing,” said BI-LO District Director Fred DiGregorio. “Our associates look forward to volunteering each year, and my family and I have even volunteered on Christmas day. It is a wonderful event for our Myrtle Beach community.”

BI-LO Stockings Full of Love

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BI-LO stores in Northwest Georgia donated $2,500 to the Al Millard Memorial Stocking Full of Love program. Organized by the Walker County Sheriff’s Department, Stocking Full of Love ensures that every child has a Christmas by providing toys to less fortunate families throughout Walker County. This year, the group plans to serve more than 1,400 children and more than 400 families.

Harveys Holiday Food Baskets & Holiday Giving

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Harveys stores in Albany, GA partnered with the Terrell County Branch of the NAACP to sponsor a food basket giveaway to families in need with young children. “The baskets contained enough staple items for a family of five during the Christmas Holidays and through the generous help of Harvey’s, we were able to give baskets to more than 30 families,” said Rev. Ezekiel Holley, president of the Terrell County Branch of the NAACP.

Harveys also participated in a Secret Santa giveaway with Buffalo Rock where select shoppers were given a $25 Harveys gift card and entered to win a grand prize of $500. Albany stores also supported Backpacks for Angels, ensuring no child was left hungry over the holidays, and supported seven families through the Georgia Department of Family and Services by providing Harveys gift cards for the holidays.

Harveys stores in Nashville, GA also celebrated the holidays by supporting the local Toys for Tots organization and My Brother’s Keeper.

Light Up UCF

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Winn-Dixie celebrated the holidays with the University of Central Florida during their Light Up UCF event featuring “50 nights of music, lights and ice” on campus at CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla. Winn-Dixie was the Community Stage Sponsor, featuring local live entertainment. Associates from store No. 2270 and store No. 2383 distributed koozies, keychains and other holiday giveaways as they greeted attendees who enjoyed holiday movies, ice skating light shows, carnival rides and more.

Kaye’s Kids 12 iPads of Christmas

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Winn-Dixie store No. 54 in Jacksonville, Fla. partnered with Kaye’s Kids and local radio station WAPE 95.1 FM for the “12 iPads of Christmas,” a party at the radio station for 12 Dreams Come True children battling life-threatening illnesses. Each child received a new iPad to help keep their spirits up during doctor visits and treatments. Winn-Dixie was proud to donate deli and vegetable trays for the children and their families to show support and help make an unforgettable holiday for 12 dreamers.

Winn-Dixie Holiday Tasting Events

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In celebration of Winn-Dixie store No. 5’s recent remodel, the grocer hosted a series of holiday events during the December and January to showcase the store’s new amenities and holiday offerings. Events included A Taste of the Holiday, A Taste of the New Year and A Toast to Your Resolutions, featuring food and fine wine tastings, live entertainment and raffles for prizes to bring holiday cheer to customers as they enjoyed their new neighborhood store.

USO “No Dough” Holiday Dinner

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Winn-Dixie store Nos. 37 and 190 partnered with First Coast News NBC 12/ABC 25 at Naval Station Mayport to surprise 100 military families in Jacksonville, Fla. at their monthly “No Dough” dinner hosted by the USO. Winn-Dixie donated $2,500 in gift cards, which First Coast News matched to give each family a $50 Winn-Dixie card to help them purchase holiday meals for their families and bring holiday cheer while their spouses and parents are deployed. First Coast News anchors Jeannie Blaylock, Ken Amero and the “You First Surprise Squad” raffled off gift cards at the dinner, but surprised them at the end by giving them all gift cards. Later in the week, First Coast News also partnered with Winn-Dixie store no. 37 again to surprise a loyal customer by purchasing the family groceries, just in time for the holidays.

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