Associates from Birmingham area Winn-Dixie stores showed they care for people in the community as they took part in the ninth Bowl-a-Thon for Spina Bifida, supporting the Spina Bifida Association of Alabama. With more than 80 children and 500 participants and supporters in attendance, the five-member teams enjoyed a fun-filled day of fellowship to help raise funds and awareness for spina bifida, a birth defect which results from the spine's failure to close properly during the first month of pregnancy.
“Our team is proud to support this organization and the children and families affected by this disease,” said Jim Rossetti, Winn-Dixie Birmingham district director. “Through monies raised, and the Winn-Dixie team’s personal gifts of 80 stuffed animals for the children attending, everyone involved in this event is a happy-hearted winner.”
It’s a cause that hits close to home for Rossetti, because his adopted daughter, Sarah, was born with spina bifida.
“Seeing firsthand the everyday struggles of living with spina bifida and its effects on Sarah, I’m appreciative of groups like the Spina Bifida Association of Alabama, who dedicate their lives to treating and researching preventative methods,” said Rossetti. “I’m also very grateful for the support from the stores in my district and their participation in the bowl-a-thon. I’m pleased to work with such a wonderful group of people who care so much, not only for their company, but their communities as well.”
The Winn-Dixie team – including store directors from Nos. 442, 462, 509 – and other bowl-a-thon participants, raised an estimated $18,000 for the Spina Bifida Association of Alabama, which will go towards supporting research and awareness.
"We are so thankful to Winn-Dixie for their overwhelming support of our 2015 Birmingham Bowl-a-thon,” said Angie Pate, Spina Bifida Association of Alabama executive director. “They blessed our families in many ways; through providing a Presenting Sponsorship, sending representatives to enjoy the event with our families, and by bringing stuffed animals for all participating children. It was wonderful to watch the children's eyes light up when they received them! They honored Sarah Rossetti and all Alabama spina bifida families with their amazing generosity."