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Harris Teeter to present $75,000 donation to Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina

BY Michael Johnsen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — On Saturday, Harris Teeter will make a $75,000 donation to Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina at the start of the Andrew Roby’s annual “Pitchin’ for Wishes” Cornhole Tournament at Freedom Park, the grocer announced. The money was raised through Harris Teeter vendors who will participate in a cornhole tournament hosted by Harris Teeter on Friday. 

The winners of the Harris Teeter cornhole tournament will also participate in the “Pitchin’ for Wishes” tournament.

Andrew Roby has hosted “Pitchin’ for Wishes” since 2008 and raised over $350,000 for charity.


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Parent company of Bi-Lo, Winn Dixie files IPO registration

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie supermarkets, on Thursday announced that it has filed a registration statement on a proposed initial public offering.  

The shares are expected to be offered by Southeastern Grocers, and the number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.

Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank Securities will act as representatives of the underwriters for the offering, and, together with William Blair and Wells Fargo Securities, will act as joint book-running managers for the offering. 

The move will make Winn-Dixie part of a public company, again — the Southeastern grocer had become private following the announcement of its acquisition by Bi-Lo in December, 2011. 

Revenues raised from the IPO may be used to rejuvenate a pair of recent Bi-Lo acquisitions, though Southeastern Grocers did not issue a comment regarding how any raised capital would be used. 

In March, the parent company of the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie supermarket chains bought three chains (165 stores) from Belgium-based Delhaize Group, including the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s banners, for $265 million. 

And earlier this month, Bi-Lo Holdings acquired 22 Piggly Wiggly stores across South Carolina and coastal Georgia.


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Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada recipient of flu shot donation from Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

LAS VEGAS — Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada on Tuesday announced receipt of a donation of flu vaccines compliments of Walgreens. 

“Although the need for compassionate health care is present all year-round, VMSN sees an exceptional need for patient assistance during flu season,” stated VMSN founder Florence Jameson. “Walgreens’ kind gesture is a phenomenal example of our community coming together to create a healthy and flourishing Nevada.” 

VMSN, which provides health care and support for the working uninsured or unemployed residents of southern Nevada through volunteers, will be conducting two flu shot clinics to administer flu vaccines to its patients. The first was held Wednesday. An additional flu shot clinic will also be held on Oct. 4. 

Only VMSN patients are eligible to receive the complimentary flu shots. 

In 2012, VMSN saw more than 2,600 patients and managed more than 5,700 patient visits at its Paradise Park clinic. During that time, VMSN provided approximately $4 million in health care, using $1 million in donations.


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