There were three big winners following our Pick Your Charity contest and fundraising event that took place from July 5 to August 1 in conjunction with central Mississippi Kroger stores, Canada Dry and Dr Pepper. Out of more than 40,000 total votes, Heritage Hills, a Brookhaven-based charity that provides for orphans and underprivileged children, won first place and $10,000. It Still Takes a Village, a Natchez-based charity that mentors children who have lost a parent or sibling, came in second place, winning $3,000, and IONA House, a Jackson-based charity that operates a food pantry for the less fortunate came in third place, winning $2,000.
One dollar was donated to the cause each time a case of Dr Pepper or Canada Dry 12 packs or .5L 6 packs were sold at central Mississippi Kroger stores, and the voting was held online during the month of July.
“There are so many worthy causes that need assistance throughout Mississippi,” said Shelley Brown Floyd, Chief Marketing Officer at Brown Botting Group. “We’re delighted these funds from Pick Your Charity are able to directly impact three charities doing admirable work in the communities we serve.”