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2016 Mr. George Community Service Award winners

Our founder, Mr. George, set the example for being involved in the community by giving his time, talent and money. Today, his legacy of volunteerism and service lives on in the Mr. George Community Service Award.

Each year, this award recognizes six associates who represent what it means to give back. Award recipient receive

  • $5,000 donated to the charity or charities of their choice
  • three days off with pay
  • a personalized award
  • dinner with Publix executives and
  • a feature in our internal newsletter.

Check out the video above to hear from each winner and keep reading to learn a little more about them.

Teri

After serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, Teri developed a passion for giving back to other military veterans. Teri prepares meals and serves them on Veterans’ Day, and she volunteers with Bridge Ministries to feed local homeless vets. She also helps veterans get back on their feet by teaching them interview skills and helping them find jobs through Operation Stand Down.

Mike

As an active member of his church’s ministry team, Mike has served on mission trips to Honduras, the Dominican Republic, the Montana Indian Reservation and Panama. He also is the co-founder and a chairperson of the Exchange Club of Cane Bay. Last year, he helped the club’s Charity Golf Tournament — which benefits the Eagle Harbor Boys Home — double the amount of money it raised, and he expects even bigger results in 2016.

Kevin

Kevin believes sharing his time is the biggest thing he can give to his community, and he’s most passionate about mentoring children. He once mentored a boy whose male role models had all been or were currently serving time in prison, and his positive influence was immediately felt. He volunteers at many local schools and has been told by teachers that attendance is higher on the days the kids know Kevin is coming.

Steve

Steve volunteers with and is passionate about the YMCA to help organize sports for kids who may not otherwise be able to participate. And through Feeding Tampa Bay, he helps feed the homeless and those who are struggling to afford groceries. But his true passion is Junior Achievement. This opportunity allows him to share his knowledge of running a business by teaching financial literacy and social responsibility to students.

Frank

Frank was inspired to serve after he toured Kids in Distress, an organization that works to protect children from abuse and preserve families. He soon started volunteering with Harvest Drive, a food drive that collects food all year long and, on Thanksgiving Day, serves meals at multiple schools. He also volunteers with 100 Black Men in South Florida to help keep kids out of trouble, provide meals for them and teach them life lessons.

Meredith

Among several other projects, Meredith spends many lunch breaks volunteering with Junior Achievement and making an impact on kids. And when time allows, she likes to chauffer her grandmother as they make Meals on Wheels deliveries to seniors — something her grandmother has done for 40 years. She believes Mr. George found personal satisfaction in giving of himself, and so does she.