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Dallas Market Centers honors retailers for community work

Dallas - Dallas Market Center has announced the two winners of its The Next Big Give competition, a national search for specialty retailers that give back to their communities: A. Dodson's, an apparel, gift and home décor store located in Suffolk, Va., and Brookshire's Food & Pharmacy located in Tyler, Texas.
The winners were selected from more than 50 retailers that are involved in their communities through volunteering, raising funds or donating goods.
"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."
A. Dodson's supports numerous causes including blood drives and toy and school supply drives, also donating $12,000 to Taylor Bend YMCA to assist in building a new facility. The A. Dodson's Round Up allows customers to round up the cost of each purchase to the nearest dollar and have the extra cents donated to charity. A. Dodson's publishes a poll on its Facebook page in order for customers to choose the cause the Round Up funds will be donated to at the end of each month. Charities can apply by simply emailing their name, contact information, and confirmation of their 501c3 status to roundup@adodsons.com. In 2011, A. Dodson's gave more than $2,500 to various charity organizations.
Brookshire's has been giving back to the communities in which it operates since its founding in 1928. In 2008, the Community Connections program was founded to enable Brookshire's employees to assist with the causes important to each store's local community. Employees form teams by store or non-retail department and gather 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.
After receiving more than 50 applications, the entries were narrowed down to 10 finalists and then two winners by a panel of industry experts and Dallas Market Center representatives. The winners will receive a complimentary trip to the March 22-25, 2012 Dallas market including round-trip airfare and a three-night hotel stay.
While at market, The Next Big Give winners will be recognized on Thursday, March 22 during The Inspired Event, a cocktail party benefiting charitable causes.
For additional information on the contest visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/contests/give or email thenextbiggive@mcmcmail.com.

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