Publix is Top Contributor to Northwest Florida United Way Campaign

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LYNN HAVEN- Publix’s 5-bay county stores are celebrating the more than 205-thousand dollars they've raised for the United Way of Northwest Florida this year.

That makes Publix the top contributor to this year's workplace campaign.

"It’s tremendously exciting. It allows us to fund, help fund the operations for the agencies that are making things happen here in Bay County. The agencies that are serving the young and the old, and the sick and the well,” said Bryan Taylor, united way of northwest Florida president.

In Lynn Haven, city commissioner Rodney Friend proclaimed Thursday Publix appreciation day.

"For all the hard work they've done for raising money, not only in the united way but other charities in supporting in our community,” said Rodney Friend, Lynn haven commissioner.

More than 30 local employees have given one thousand dollars or more each.

"So just the commitment of the individual employees to give it that level speaks volumes about how Publix feels about commitment to the community."

The untied way supports nearly 50-local charity and non-profit organizations in 6-counties, like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bay County.

"It’s vital to us. Today we use our grants for scholarships. We try to be affordable for all the kids that come here. So the grant that we write to the united way is to provide scholarships to those families that can afford to send their children to the club,” said Paul Mosca, Boys & Girls Club of Bay County.

"We just feel like it’s our obligation to help and serve in our community,” said Stephen Tucker, Lynn Haven Publix store manager.

United Way committees will meet next month to review charity applications, and then distribute funding in April.