March 28, 2014
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From left:  District Director Anthony Morocco, Cathy Jupin, George Jupin, Winn-Dixie store no. 681 Store Director George Griparis. ​

Winn-Dixie store No. 681 Director George Griparis and his team were all smiles Feb. 27 as their Pinellas Park, Fla. store was selected to present Cathy and George Jupin with a one-of-a-kind Ford F-150 Custom Tailgate Truck.

The event marked the finale of Winn-Dixie’s “Show Us How You Tailgate” social media contest. The crowd that gathered in the store’s parking lot was awestruck as the grand prize, the Winn-Dixie Frank’s RedHot Tailgate Truck, rolled in.

The contest kicked off in November as Winn-Dixie encouraged customers and social media followers to submit their favorite tailgating photos. To give contestants a taste of the grand prize, the truck appeared at several stores and college football games. Out of more than 21,000 contestants who entered, Cathy Jupin’s photo, titled “Good Game, Great Food” was chosen as the winner.

“We can’t believe that we are here receiving such a wonderful gift from Winn-Dixie,” said Jupin. “This is truly a moment I will remember for the rest of my life and I can’t wait to try out our new tailgating toy as soon as possible.”

The Jupins’ new Ford F-150 is ready to host the perfect tailgating party, fully equipped with a stainless steel grill, fold-out big screen TV, video game system and built-in cooler. The couple plans to use the truck at all of their future sporting events, especially during the upcoming baseball season. District Director Anthony Morocco says the excitement was electrifying from both from the winners and from Winn-Dixie.

“Our associates were clamoring all week to be able to take part in this presentation to one of their very own Tampa-area neighbors,” he said. “We have great, sport-loving tailgating customers here in the Tampa Region and we are thrilled that were able to present one of them with such a tremendous prize.”​

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