Cullman Publix raises $43K for United Way of Cullman County

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Left to right are Cullman Publix Store Manager Brad Boshell, Assistant Manager Adam Call, Assistant Customer Service Manager Jay Kappelman and United Way of Cullman County Executive Director Becky Goff. (W.C. Man for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – United Way of Cullman County (UWCC) board members, staff and volunteers on Monday celebrated “Publix Appreciation Day” to show their appreciation to the grocery store for its support.  In an internal fundraising campaign, employees of the Cullman Publix contributed more than $40,000 to UWCC.

“Cullman Publix Super Market associates exceeded expectations in their third United Way Campaign with donations totaling more than $43,000.  This is the third local campaign since Publix opened its doors in October of 2015. Contributions from the 2018-19 campaign will benefit United Way of Cullman County’s 17 local program partners.  Publix Super Market Charities will announce a corporate gift to Cullman County United Way later this month,” said a statement from UWCC.

“Publix and their employees are consistently one of the top donors to United Way of Cullman County.  We are incredibly thankful for the outstanding commitment to support United Way. We could not continue to meet the needs of our community without their generosity,” said Becky Goff, executive director, UWCC.  “We are honored and grateful to the employees who give back to the communities they serve, not only do they donate funds but they also donate their time and talents in order to improve lives in our community.”

Cullman Publix Store Manager Brad Boshell told The Tribune, “We have a great partnership between Publix and United Way across the country.  We are one of the largest contributors to United Way company-wide, but I’m especially proud of us here in Cullman County. We have what’s called ‘leadership givers,’ and we have more leadership givers in this store than the rest of Cullman County combined, so I’m really proud of our associates for giving their time.  We give time as well, and a little bit out of their paychecks that goes back to the community.

“That is part of our mission statement at Publix, is to be involved as responsible citizens in our communities, and we really believe that and we take that to heart.  And by the way, this is just one way that we feel that we can give back to the community.

“I’m very proud of my associates here at the store.  We had a really good campaign, and I’m just really, really proud to be able to do this for United Way.”

According to UWCC, Publix Super Markets, Inc. surpassed its 2018 goal and raised $65.3 million for local United Ways in the United States. Located in only six states, Publix is ranked the third largest United Way donor in the world.

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