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BI-LO Charities Donates



Lani Lawrence and Ken Saunders accept the BI-LO Charities donation of $8,000.00 on behalf of Friendship Trays.

Dec. 1, 2010

BI-LO Charities on Wednesday distributed $35,000 to 13 Charlotte-area nonprofits. Charities Executive Director Carol Browning, right, presided at the event, which was held in Friendship Trays' Distribution Street building.

The largest of the 13 checks, for $8,000, went to Friendship Trays, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's primary meals-on-wheels program.

Other charities supported included Cabarrus Meals on Wheels, Endhaven Elementary School, Fire Fighters' Burned Children Fund, Hawk Ridge Elementary School, Levin & Dickson Hospice House, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Loaves and Fishes Pantry, Quail Hollow Middle School PTSA, Siskey Family YMCA, The Men of Cook's Memorial Presbyterian Church, The Salvation Army and The Shepherd's Watch Inc.

The money distributed Wednesday was raised at the BI-LO Charity Classic, a golf tournament that had its 27th edition last June in Greenville, S.C.

The 2010 Classic raised  $4,515,236, up from the $4,270,390 raised in 2009. The Friendship Trays check in 2009 was for $7,245.

At a similar event Wednesday in Gastonia, BI-LO Charities donated nearly $20,000 to 11 Gastonia-area organizations.

BI-LO Charities supports "organizations addressing children's needs, education and hunger relief" in the communities in which the Mauldin, S.C.-based grocer operates.

BI-LO Charities said that the Charity Classic has, since 1984, raised more thatn $53 million for nonprofits Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

More information on BI-LO Charities is here. This website's coverage of the 2009 donation event at Friendship Trays is here.

In the picture below, Bi-LO store managers joined those representing the Charlotte-area nonprofits for a group picture in the Community Culinary School of Charlotte classroom.