Publix Super Markets to kick off their annual March of Dimes fundraising campaign
Three-week register donation drive runs from April 9-30
March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer Howse, National Board of Trustees Chair Gary Dixon, and National Ambassador Ismael Torres-Castrodad recently visited Publix and presented President Todd Jones and CEO Ed Crenshaw with the March of Dimes Crystal Award in recognition as the 2015 #2 March for Babies National Corporate Partner and to celebrate their partnership.
More than 21 years ago, a small group of Publix associates in Gainesville, Fla. signed up to walk and raise funds for the March of Dimes to help make a difference and improve the health of babies. Today, that team has grown into a company wide campaign, with more than 179,000 associates in 1,111 stores, and with the support of their customers, Publix has raised more than $57 million to help give every baby a fighting chance.
“We are very proud of our 21-year history with the March of Dimes, and supporting healthier moms and stronger babies is an extension of who we are,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and com-munity relations. “Our customers and associates trust us to support organizations and programs that make a difference in the communities in which we live and work.”
The grocery giant will ask customers to join them in their annual fundraising drive starting on April 9th and running through April 30th. At checkout, associates will sell cutouts on which customers can write their name or the name of a baby they love. The register campaign coincides with March for Babies, the March of Dimes signature event, which occurs on April 30 in most areas.
“Out of 20,000 teams in the country, Publix ranks as our #2 March for Babies team in the nation. They are one of our most valued partners and their support to the community is matched by their associates’ enthusiasm for this campaign. We are grateful for their leadership and commitment to joining with us for stronger, healthier babies.” said Dr. Jennifer Howse, March of Dimes president.
Everyone is encouraged to join in the celebration. To find a March for Babies event near you, visit marchforbabies.org, where you can sign up and raise additional funds to support the March of Dimes.
Founded in 1930, Publix Super Markets is the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States. Publix and its associates excel in community involvement, volunteerism and a commitment to our market areas and beyond. Publix’s commitment to diversity has contributed to our success in being a great place to work and shop.