April 24, 2015
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Runners and walkers from Winn-Dixie’s Walk MS Brevard County team celebrate the $5,000 in funds raised for the 2015 event.​

More than 65 associates from 32 Central Florida Winn-Dixie stores and the Orlando, Florida regional office showed their community March 14 that they care passionately for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.

The associates, from the Miami and Orlando regions, were especially proud to participate in the Walk MS Brevard County 2015 in honor of Trish Bennett, an avid ambassador of the yearly fundraiser and a former Winn-Dixie Store Director who was diagnosed with MS.

The associate effort began as a three-person team raising $250 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mid-Florida Chapter but turned into a monumental showcase of team camaraderie.

Throughout Winn-Dixie’s seven years of participation, Miami Region District Director Mark Nyquist and store No. 2333 Store Director Dan Sinor have been at the forefront. Sinor, a winner of Winn-Dixie’s Davis Award for community service, has coordinated the team’s efforts since its inception. He also worked with Trish for several years before her retirement and has enjoyed watching Winn-Dixie associates rally behind his longtime friend and co-worker.

“Trish has always been bursting with positive energy and it’s truly spectacular to see the smile this team brings to her face each year,” he said. “It’s a passion of mine to make a difference in the community and I thank each and every associate, from the bottom of my heart, who has helped make this event a huge success.”

Both Sinor and Nyquist recognized store No. 2349 Store Director Robert Gagnon for raising a whopping $1,700 in funds through customer and associate donations. The team celebrated their record-breaking efforts with a barbeque for associates and family members. Nyquist said he believes the post-event festivities create even greater bonds between associates.

“It warms my heart to see our associates rally around Trish, who will always be a part of the Winn-Dixie family,” said Nyquist. “The continued success and growth of the Walk MS Brevard County Winn-Dixie team is a perfect example of what our associates can accomplish when we work together to make a difference.”

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Winn-Dixie District Director Mark Nyquist (second from left) joins members of Winn-Dixie’s Walk MS Brevard County 2015 team.

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Former Winn-Dixie Store Director Trish Bennett cheers on her Winn-Dixie teammates during the walk.

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