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North Pinellas business news and notes for April 27



Religious Community Services Inc., the largest distributor of food to people in need in Pinellas County, received a $10,000 grant from the Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation to be used solely for the purchase of food that is high in nutritional value. The nutrient-dense foods will be given out to the needy at the RCS Food Bank in Clearwater.

"These funds will make an impact in our community by providing healthy foods to thousands of people," said Caitlin Higgins Joy, chief executive officer of RCS.

"A few years ago RCS Food Bank made a commitment to the community to provide more wholesome, healthy foods to the individuals and families we serve," she said. "We increased our refrigeration and freezer capacity, allowing us to safely distribute lean meats, low-fat dairy products and fresh produce. This grant partnership will help us keep those walk-in refrigerators and freezers well stocked for another month."

"Making personal connections with local organizations and giving back to people in need in our communities is the motivating force behind who we are as a company," said Mary Kellmanson, Bi-Lo Holdings' senior vice president of marketing and president of the Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation. "Bi-Lo Holdings is honored to dedicate time, resources and funds to benefit our customers, neighbors, friends and family. We are thankful that we are able to develop and grow partnerships with these organizations and help them improve the lives of our neighbors."

Established in 1943, the Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation has a long tradition of making grants available to local nonprofit organizations to support programs and initiatives fostering healthy and thriving communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Bi-Lo Holdings LLC, the parent company of BI-LO and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the ninth-largest traditional supermarket chain in the United States.

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The Thorn Collection of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate named Donna Harper its top sales associate for the first quarter of 2014. She had more than $6.5 million in sales.

Specializing in waterfront homes and luxury properties throughout Pinellas County, the Thorn Collection of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is a 10-member team led by Martha Thorn, a 27-year veteran real estate agent.

"I was overjoyed when Donna decided to join our team," said Thorn. "Having known her for years, I knew that her work ethic was superb and her caring and concern for people was above and beyond. She has proven to be all of this and more in real estate, with great accolades from all of her clients."

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North Pinellas business news and notes for April 27 04/25/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 25, 2014 5:47pm]
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