GREENVILLE, SC – November 8, 2010 – Today BI-LO Charities donated $1.2 million to 46 Greenville-area organizations addressing children’s needs, education and hunger relief in the local community. All funds donated came from the 27th Annual BI-LO Charity Classic held this past June in Greenville, which raised a total of more than $4.5 million.
Greenville-area charities receiving grants from BI-LO Charities include:
A Child’s Haven
America Cancer Society
American Red Cross
Berea Lions Club Inc.
Center for Developmental Services
Christian Learning Centers
Church of God Home for Children
Eastside Baptist Center at East Park Baptist Church
Einstein Learning Center
Fountain Inn Police Department
Greenville Community Residence
Greenville County Disabilities & Special Needs Board
Greenville Free Medical Clinic
Greenville Literacy Association Inc.
Greenville Rape Crisis and Child Abuse Center
Harvest Hope Food Bank
Hidden Treasure Christian School
Laurens County Food Ministry Inc.
Loaves & Fishes
Make-A-Wish Foundation of SC
Meals on Wheels of Greenville County
Meyer Center for Special Children
Miracle Hill Ministries Inc.
North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry
Peace Center Foundation
Pendleton Place Children’s Shelter
Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County
Project HOPE Foundation Inc.
Sabrina House Children’s Charity
Safe Harbor Inc.
Slater-Marietta Lions Club
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
The First Tee of Greenville
The Salvation Army of Greenville County
Triune Mercy Center
YMCA Judson Community Center
“The mission of BI-LO Charities is to support the children’s charities, education and hunger relief efforts in every community in which BI-LO operates,” said BI-LO Charities Executive Director Carol Browning. “Our goal is to provide funding for projects that provide meaningful and sustainable change in our communities, and we are honored to partner with organizations that help address critical needs at the local level.”
BI-LO Charity Classic funds were raised through silent and live auctions as well as sponsorships by local businesses and BI-LO’s generous vendor community.
“BI-LO has long been committed to being involved in the communities where we do business,” said BI-LO President and CEO Michael Byars. “Everyday our store teammates demonstrate the power of leading with their head and with their heart.”
BI-LO Charities also honored grant recipient charities that are part of its boostersplus® program. Available to any 501(c)3 organization, boostersplus® gives BI-LO customers an opportunity to earmark 1 percent of their total purchases to the participating charity of their choice. Each charity currently enrolled in the boostersplus® program was put into a drawing to receive an additional $500 in funding. Additionally, in the BI-LO tradition of savings without sacrifice, BI-LO donated the equivalent of a full tank of gas in fuelperks!® rewards to all of the attending charities to help them cut down on fuel costs.
To learn more about funds granted to Greenville-area charities or find out how to support the 2011 BI-LO Charity Classic, visit www.BI-LOCharities.org. Become a fan of BI-LO Charities on Facebook, or follow @BILOCharities on Twitter to keep up with donation events they occur across Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
About BI-LO Charities Inc.
Formed in 1998, BI-LO Charities Inc. manages BI-LO’s extensive charitable giving programs, including the annual BI-LO Charity Classic golf tournament, which celebrated its 27th anniversary in June 2010. Since its inception in 1984, the BI-LO Charity Classic has raised more than $53 million to provide funding for non-profit organizations in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee that focus on three key initiatives: children’s issues, education and hunger relief. Headquartered in Mauldin, S.C., BI-LO operates 207 supermarkets and employs approximately 15,100 people.