The Alabama Grocers Education Foundation held its Annual Fall Clay Shoot on Oct. 12 at Selwood Farms in Alpine, Alabama. The event raised funds for the foundation to provide scholarships to employees and children of employees of Alabama Grocers Association companies.
This year, it awarded 52 scholarships valued at more than $50,000. To date, Alabama Grocers Education Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million because of the support of its members at fundraisers such as the clay shoot.
The winners of the clay shoot fundraiser were as follows: first-place team: EDLINCO team; second-place team: Byars/Wright team; and third-place team: Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Co. Team One.
The presenting sponsor for the clay shoot fundraiser was Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United Inc. Additional sponsors included A&R Super Markets, AGA Health & Welfare Trust, Alabama Power, Associated Grocers of the South, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Autry Greer & Son’s, Blue Bell Creameries, Buffalo Rock/Pepsi, Bunzl Distribution, Byars | Wright, Don Francisco’s Coffee, EDLINCO, Federated Insurance, Ferrara, Keurig Dr Pepper, Merrill Lynch, Mitchell Grocery Corporation, Mt. Olive Pickles, Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Co., Red Diamond, Retail Data Systems MidSouth, Reynolds American, SellEthics, Sunset Farm Foods, UNFI, United-Johnson Brothers and UTZ/Golden Flake.
“Today, the AGEF Clay Shoot united all corners of the grocery industry to impact the lives of deserving college students,” said Jake Sim, VP of A&R Super Markets and vice chairman of the AGEF Board of Trustees.
“We are thankful for each attendee and sponsor as their generosity paved the way for furthering education and career development in the grocery industry.”
Association officials said they also appreciated AGA Chairman Bob Crawford of United-Johnson Brothers and his team for cooking lunch, AGA VP Jack Carlile of UNFI for sponsoring and running the beverage cart and AGEF Trustee Jim Cetrulo of Don Francisco’s Coffee for sponsoring and providing the breakfast.
“Since its inception, we have awarded thousands of scholarships to help college students pursue higher education,” said Ellie Taylor, president and CEO of the Alabama Grocers Association. “We are proud to invest in the future generations of our industry.”
Related: AGEF Fall Clay Shoot photo gallery
About the AGA
The Alabama Grocers Association is a state trade association representing the grocery retail industry since 1990. With more than 135 retail members operating nearly 850 stores statewide, as well as more than 225 manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and other members, the AGA is the voice of the industry in the state of Alabama.
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