DALLAS–Dallas Market Center today announced A. Dodson’s and Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy as the two winners for The Next Big Give, a national search for specialty retailers that give back in their communities. A. Dodson’s, an apparel, gift, and home décor store in Suffolk, Va., and Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy, based in Tyler, Texas, were selected from more than 50 retailers that entered.
The winners will receive a complimentary trip to the Dallas Apparel & Accessories/Total Home & Gift Markets, Mar. 22-25, 2012, including round-trip airfare and three nights hotel stay. While at market, they will be recognized during The Inspired Event, a cocktail party benefiting charitable causes.
“Congratulations to The Next Big Give winners,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “Both winners are great examples of how retailers can give back in big and small ways. Their work is truly inspiring.”
Among A. Dodson’s charitable activities is the A. Dodson’s Round Up, a program allowing customers to round up the cost of each purchase to the nearest dollar and have the extra cents donated to charity. In 2011, A. Dodson’s gave more than $2,500 to various charity organizations.
Brookshire’s started the Community Connections program in 2008 to enable employees to volunteer an average of four times per year with the cause of their choice. Last year, Brookshire’s donated more than 28,000 documented volunteer hours and more than $1.5 million to various charitable causes.
DALLAS–With more than 50 entries to chose from, Dallas Market Center has awarded Brown and Tea & Magnolias the winners of The Next Big Give, a national search for specialty retailers that give back in their communities. The winners will receive a complimentary trip to the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market next month and will be recognized on March 24, during The Inspired Event cocktail party.
“Congratulations to The Next Big Give winners,” said Bill Winsor, president and chief executive officer, Dallas Market Center. “Both retailers offer significant support to worthy organizations and communities. We thank them for their good work and hope their stories will inspire other retailers to do the same.”
Houston-based home furnishings retailer Brown put its entire 2010 advertising budget towards two events benefiting very different organizations: Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Yellowstone Academy, a Houston-area college preparatory school.
The community involvement of Tea & Magnolias, a gift and accessories retailer located in Tulsa, Okla., is also two pronged. Inspired by her past work as a missionary in Peru, owner Susan Ponville sells jewelry and purses in the store made by Peruvian women with all of the proceeds going back to help the women support their families. Also, in order to help Pathways Adult Learning Center, a local school for special needs adults in Tulsa, the retailer hosts an annual Christmas Home Tour as well as sells crosses that are handmade by a group of special needs adults.