October 18, 2013
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Alyce Croke, assistant store director of BI-LO store No. 5631, left, and store No. 5631 Director Stuart Hough, right, at the third annual Taste of Marlboro event in Bennettsville, S.C. Oct. 10. ​

A crowd of about 300 people in Bennettsville, S.C., served by 35 chefs, enjoyed a mix of fine dining and Southern comfort foods on Oct. 10, all in the name of fighting breast cancer.

The third annual Taste of Marlboro at the community center in Bennettsville not only was a fun night out for the community, it also was an excellent way of demonstrating BI-LO’s commitment to Marlboro County while showcasing specialties from the deli department. Event organizers hoped to raise $10,000 for the local United Way for breast cancer awareness. Tickets for the event were available at BI-LO and other businesses throughout the county.

“You can’t talk to anybody whose life hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way — a family member or neighbor — and this is a way for the community to come together to fight the disease,” said Alyce Croke, assistant store director of BI-LO store No. 5631 and a member of the event’s organizing committee.

“BI-LO gets kudos for what we do in the community, but this event gives us the opportunity to showcase some of our specialty products,” she said.

Croke said she is happy to be serving neighbors in her hometown. She and Store Director Stuart Hough served pineapple dip on puff pastries, rotisserie chicken sliders and rotisserie chicken salad along with wine and cheese samples at the event.

“This is a big event for our community,” added Croke. “Stuart and I are both on the board, and we’ll begin planning next year’s event in January to make it even more successful than this year’s.”

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