January 16, 2015
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BI-LO Community Involvement Specialist Alissa Crankshaw, left, represents BI-LO during the lighting of the menorah celebration.​

BI-LO teamed up with the Chabad of Charleston and the College of Charleston to present the 10thannual Chanukah in the Square last month.

The celebration, at Marion Square in downtown Charleston, is the largest annual Jewish event in South Carolina. The family-friendly event featured free kosher food from soup, cookies, and latkes to kid-friendly crafts, music, donkey rides and dancing. The event’s main attraction is the celebration at its closing, when local Holocaust survivors continued the tradition of lighting the menorah during a prayer ceremony to celebrate the eight-day holiday.

BI-LO returned as the presenting sponsor, providing samples and information about kosher offerings. Chek soda, Bissili and Bamba snacks were a favorite with attendees. BI-LO also raffled off mystery gift cards worth up to $100 and autographed cookbooks by “Joy of Kosher” author Jamie Geller.

During the lighting of the menorah, BI-LO was honored as a community parter alongside local officials Anita Zucker and College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell.

“The event was huge success for the local Jewish community despite the cool rainy weather,” said Alissa Crankshaw, BI-LO community involvement specialist. “BI-LO is honored to have had the opportunity to celebrate Chanukah with the Chabad of Charleston this year and we are looking forward to growing our partnership with the community.”

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