Brookshire Brothers 2015 Charitable Foundation Recipients

Organizations that lay the foundation for stronger communities have more tools in their toolbox thanks to Brookshire Brothers.  The company’s Charitable Foundation announces its 2015 recipients, including 13 non-profits and three East Texas Education Foundations.  Trustees and company executives presented more than $123,000 to the recipients on Wednesday, January 28th at the company’s Distribution Center in Lufkin.

In making the presentations, Brookshire Brothers Chief Operations Officer John Alston said, “Together, we can do far more than any one of us could do by ourselves. These organizations, from throughout our market area, touch the lives of thousands of our customers and truly embody our message of  ‘a celebration of family and community.’ We are honored to help further the impact the organizations have on the people they serve.” 

Since 2008, Brookshire Brothers has partnered with its vendors and business associates twice a year for two fundraising golf tournaments. Proceeds since the Charitable Foundation tournament’s inception have exceeded a million dollars.  Vendors appreciate the opportunity to network with their colleagues while raising money for more than a dozen worthy causes – all which support children and families and align with the grocer’s core values.  The funds are divided based on the organizations’ needs and application requests.

All names below are listed in order from Left to Right.

Alzheimer's Association recipients

Alzheimers Association - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Ana Guerrero, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

American Cancer Society recipients

American Cancer Society - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Judy Sheffield, Amy Ross, Jennifer Webster, Dana Smithhart, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

Angelina Arts Alliance

Angelina Arts Alliance - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Tracy Pinkerton, Jeff Chance, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

Boys & Girls Club of Deep East Texas

Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Chris Harkness, Jeff Woods, Tracy Mitchell, Arthur Bush, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston  

CASA of the Pines

CASA of the Pines - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Natalie Thornton, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo

Friends of Ellen Trout Zoo - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Jamie Zayler, Gordon Henley, Dennis Rankin, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston  

Angelina Alliance for Children/Harold’s House

Angelina Alliance for Children/Harold’s House - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Debbie Brown, Deanna Wallace, Steve Hogue, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

The Joseph House

The Joseph House - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Neva Brown, Dianne Theillig, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Jessica Brown, Michelle Green, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

Mosaic Center

Mosaic Center - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Donna Busler, Daren Hamaker, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

Sarah’s Hope

Sarah’s Hope - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Dr. Guessippina Bonner, Anthony Watts, Rev. Bettie Kennedy, Bettie Kennedy Watts, Carol Pierre, Bob Inselman(?), Dr. Pierre, Brenda Robinson, Sandra Houston, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

Volunteer Services Council

Volunteer Services Council - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Lynn Hopper, Gale Wasson, Ellen Wood, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

Carthage ISD Education Foundation

Carthage ISD Education Foundation - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver,Pam Goodson,Cynthia Harkrider, Mary Ella Sherman, Tate Barber, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston   

Junior League of Lufkin

Junior League of Lufkin - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Renee Robertson, Susan Belasco, Shannon Kruk, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Education Foundation

Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Education Foundation - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Pat Clark, J.R. Shuttlesworth, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston

Lufkin ISD Education Foundation

Lufkin ISD Education Foundation - Brookshire Brothers CFO Clay Oliver, Rebecca Chance,Kristi Gay, Brookshire Brother’s COO John Alston 

Foundation Furthers Work of a Dozen Non-Profits
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."
 
 
Another Round for Our Non-­Profits
Brookshire Brothers' category buyers, executives and store directors took their "A" game out of the store and out of the corporate headquarters Monday and onto the golf course for its semi-annual golf tournament. In September and May each year, the Lufkin-based grocery chain invites its vendors to tee-it-up for a good cause.  Teams pay up to $3500 in entry fees for the privilege of playing in the tournament that benefits theBrookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation.  Since its inception, that Foundation has given nearly $1,450,000 in contributions to non-profit organizations in its market area.
 
Representatives from Kraft, Budweiser, General Mills and Value Merchandisers hit the links at Crown Colony Country Club Monday, September 16th with their Brookshire Brothers colleagues.  Crown runs two tournaments on the same day, optimizing the course and the fundraising opportunities for the Foundation.  The demand for a spot to play frequently exceeds the availability, which in CEO Jerry Johnson's words, "Is a good problem to have."  Brookshire Brothers' Johnson adds, "We are overwhelmed at the generosity of our vendor community.  By playing in our tournament, they enable us to support non-profits like the American Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas, the Alzheimer's Association,  the Angelian Arts Alliance and the Volunteer Services Council of the Lufkin State Supported Living Center.  Those non-profits are the true foot soldiers and champions in our market area."
 
During this year's awards ceremonies, golfers got a big thank you from two of the recipients.  Laura Squiers with the East Texas Alliance for Children and Gorden Henley with Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo both shared stories of how the Foundation's funds allow them to further their mission.
 
Brookshire Brothers is an employee-owned grocery chain operating 78 stores and 14 convenience stores stretching west from Wimberley, Texas to Lake Charles, Louisiana in the east, north from Tatum, Texas and south to Ganado, Texas.
 
 
Brookshire Brothers Links Golf with Giving
What do golf and giving have in common? More than you'd think according to Lufkin-based Brookshire Brothers. The company hosts two charity golf tournaments each year for its vendors and business associates. The entry fees and other funds raised at the tourneys go into the company's Charitable Foundation. Yesterday, that Foundation dispersed nearly $100,000 to seven non profits in its market area.
 
These helping entities will, in turn, use those funds to further their outreach to the children, the hurting, the hungry, the aging and the intellectually challenged residents they serve. Company President and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Johnson says, "It's a privilege for Brookshire Brothers to help these incredible organizations live out their mission. They know first hand the needs of those they serve. Providing this funding helps them do what they do well - even better."
 
This year's recipients include the American Cancer Society, Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo, Harold's House (East Texas Alliance for Children), Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas, Alzheimer's Association's Houston/Southeast Texas and Capitol of Texas chapters, Volunteer Services Council of the Lufkin State Supported Living Center and Angelina Arts Alliance. Representatives from those organizations were honored yesterday at Brookshire Brother's corporate office in Lufkin.
 
Charity Donations
 
Brookshire Brothers recognizes the Alzheimers Association for serving its customers and employee-owners 54 of the counties in the grocer's market area. Jerry Johnson - President and CEO presents two checks from the Brookshire Brothers Charitable Foundation to Mandy Humes - representing both the Houston/Southeast Texas and Capital of Texas chapters of the Alzheimers Association.
 
Charity Donations
 
Harold's House - The East Texas Alliance for Children benefits from Brookshire Brothers generosity for its work with children who have been physically and sexually abused. Brookshire Brothers President and CEO Jerry Johnson presents a check from the company's Charitable Foundation to Executive Director Laura Squiers and Board President Debbie Brown.
 
Charity Donations
 
Brookshire Brothers helps the Boys and Girls Clubs of Deep East Texas provide 4,000 children with the tools they need to be successful. Accepting a donation from the company's Charitable Foundation is Boys and Girls Club of Deep East Texas President and CEO Jeff Woods with Brookshire Brothers' President and CEO Jerry Johnson.
 
Charity Donations
 
Bravo to the Angelina Arts Alliance for bringing performing artists from around the world to the Texas Forest Country. Brookshire Brothers President and CEO Jerry Johnson presents the Arts Alliance's Traci Pinkerton and Rick Schiller with a contribution from Brookshire Brothers' Charitable Foundation to help the Arts Alliance further its work.
 
Charity Donations
 
Lufkin's State Supported Living Center enjoys its continuing relationship with Brookshire Brothers.  The company maintains and upkeeps a family house on the campus and recently gave the Center's Volunteer Services Council a financial gift from its Charitable Foundation.
 
Pictured from left to right are Brookshire Brothers President and CEO Jerry Johnson with Lynn Hopper - Community Relations manager,  Gale Wassom - Center Director and Chris Moss - Board Chairman.
 
Charity Donations
 
The High Plains/East Texas Region of the American Cancer Society exits to save lives and end cancer for good! Brookshire Brothers' Charitable Foundation recognizes the local chapter for all it does in the region. Brookshire Brothers President and CEO Jerry Johnson presents a check to ACS Cattle Baron's Gala Chair Becca Chance and ACS Regional Vice President Letha Tullos and Regional Development VP Melissa McKnight.
 
Charity Donations
 
Brookshire Brothers recognizes the FINEST SMALL CITY ZOO IN AMERICA for all it does for families throughout the region. Brookshire Brothers' President and CEO Jerry Johnson is pictured here presenting a check from its Charitable Foundation to Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo President Dennis Rankin and Zoo Director Gordon Henley.
 
 
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