Submitted by Sally Alvis on Thursday, January 30, 2014
Brookshire Brothers warmed the hearts of twelve non-profits Thursday, January 30th by recognizing the amazing work they do in the communities they serve. The Lufkin-based company's Charitable Foundation distributed checks totaling $110,000 to organizations whose core mission aligns with Brookshire Brothers' A Celebration of Family and Community.
Company spokesperson Sally Alvis says, "It was fitting we distributed checks to these deserving organizations from our Distribution Center. It truly is the heart of this employee-owned company. Our guests saw how the merchandise they see in the store gets from the warehouse, to the eighteen-wheelers and off to our 123 retail locations. They also got to meet a cross section of our employee-owners, many of whom volunteer and serve beside them in the non-profit arena or are served by their organization. "
It is the vendors who sell their lines of groceries and goods to Brookshire Brothers that make these grants possible. They play in the Foundation's spring and fall golf tournaments. Their entry fees go directly to the Charitable Foundation. An invite to the Brookshire Brothers tourneys is among the most sought after in the industry because the golfers know their participation fuels Brookshire Brothers passion for giving.
Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation Recipients:
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas
- Volunteer Services Council - Lufkin State Supported Living Center
- The Mosaic Center
- Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo
- Sarah's Hope
- East Texas Alliance for Children - Harold's House
- Junior Achievement of East Texas
- American Cancer Society/Pineywoods Cattle Barons Gala
- Friends of Blue Hole
- Alzheimer's Association - Capital of Texas Chapter
- Alzheimer's Association - Southeast Texas/Houston Chapter
- Angelina Arts Alliance
Brookshire Brothers also has an employee-run Donations Committee that meets monthly to consider hundreds of funding requests. Alvis explained, "That committee represents every single Brookshire Brothers employee. The money they earmark for donations comes directly from our employee-owners. Committee members discern how best to allocate our giving in every market we serve. From education to wellness, community celebrations to fundraising efforts, we give back in extraordinary levels - financially and with our gifts of time, re sources and volunteer service."