Business and community leaders in Monroe, La., recently selected Brookshire’s as the Thomas H. Scott Award of Excellence winner for 2010-11.
Brookshire’s won the corporate category of the program administered by a volunteer committee made up of representatives from the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, University of Louisiana-Monroe College of Business, and the News-Star—the area’s daily newspaper.
To be nominated, businesses must have experienced substantial expansion or growth and made significant contributions through capital investment, job creation and retention, and community involvement.
Brookshire’s not only remodeled and added services at Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores in Monroe and West Monroe during the past year, but also added jobs and renovated the company’s distribution center in Monroe.
Brookshire’s was recognized for donating more than $75,000 to nonprofit groups such as: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; CASA of Northeast Louisiana; American Red Cross; Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Louisiana; Cancer Foundation League; Special Olympics; Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home; Twin City Firefighters Association; Kiwanis Club; Med Camps; and many schools and other charitable organizations.
Perhaps the biggest contribution, though, was the employee volunteer program that accrued more than 900 hours of service for the year.
Some of the groups or events benefiting from employees’ work included: PAWS Community Outreach; Northeast Louisiana Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-Off; Cooley House Foundation; MDA Muscle Walk; Northeast Louisiana Women’s Retreat; Crosley Elementary Read-A-Thon; Shoot For The Troops; Keep West Monroe Clean; Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast; and Santa Village, among many others.
Other examples of community contributions were: Spirit of Christmas Cheer Food Drive (Stores partnered with KTVE, Pepsi, Taco Bell and Frito-Lay to benefit the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana.); Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (More than a dozen employees helped set up, hand out refreshments and tear down after the race.); Camp Quality Telethon (A group helped at the telethon that raises money to give parents of children who have cancer a week of relief from their schedules.); and Schools/Training (Employees participated in pep rallies for LEAP tests and school reading programs, in addition to helping sponsor the Northeast Louisiana Career Fair, Delta Community College Career Fair and Dollars & Sense Reality Fair.)
This is certainly a solid list of accomplishments, and we congratulate our northeast Louisiana team for making Brookshire’s the Thomas H. Scott Award of Excellence winner.