November 18, 2015
The Southeastern Grocers walking team at Step Out to Stop Diabetes in Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 14.

Associates at Southeastern Grocers’ Jacksonville Store Support Center put their best feet forward this year, raising more than $10,500 to support the American Diabetes Association’s research, information, advocacy and public awareness efforts to fight diabetes.

A total of 82 signed up to participate in the walk or to donate. Of them, 40 joined the ADA Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event at the Jacksonville (Florida) Riverwalk Nov. 14. They wore custom-made T-shirts provided by the SEG Benefits department and more than doubled the $5,000 last year’s team of 25 participants raised.

The walk wasn’t the only way the team raised money for the ADA, Category Director Frank Thurlow said.

“To assist with fundraising, we sold red and white ADA bracelets produced by an 11-year-old student -- and we had an ice cream social featuring sugar free ice cream and diet Chek soda,” Thurlow said.

The team also sold 50/50 raffle tickets, producing $590 for the American Diabetes Association and a pot of $590 for one lucky winner. The drawing was held Nov. 13 and winner Michael Nerren gave more than 15 percent of his winnings to the ADA’s Step Out to Stop Diabetes program.

At a Winn-Dixie table at the end of the walk, associates gave participants sugar-free cookies.

Thurlow said he’s glad that SEG participation in this year’s event was successful, and that he’s already thinking about the event in 2016.

The American Diabetes Association is the only non-profit organization supporting all 30 million Americans living with diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, delivers services, provides information and advocates for diabetes sufferers.

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