FORT LAUDERDALE (October 6, 2015) – As soon as he heard the news earlier this week about Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) donating $4 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Southeast, Perry Ecton produced a huge smile.
Ecton, Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s Executive Director, knew immediately that $70,000 of that $4 million was heading to his affiliate which would fund a new home for a deserving family.
“It was great news,” said Ecton. “In fact, we already know where that money will be going – to a project in Oakland Park which will begin in the spring of 2016.”
All total, the $4 million PSMC donation will provide funding to build 40 new houses in 2016 as well as increase support to more than 60 affiliates which the Foundation currently funds.
“Publix has been a great partner, specifically, to Habitat Broward,” added Ecton. “Last year, we were awarded a $63,000 grant for the construction of a home in Pompano Beach. We can’t thank them enough for their commitment.”
Publix has been a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity of Broward, sponsoring 14 homes since 1995. In 2014, it was presented a Spirit of Humanity Award at Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s annual awards reception.
“Every family deserves an opportunity to have a roof over their heads and food on their table,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, President of PSMC. “My father established our Foundation in 1966 with a strong desire to see our communities thrive. Forty-nine years later, we are continuing his legacy.”
Having begun its support of Habitat for Humanity in 1989, the Foundation donated more than $1.1 million to Habitat affiliates in 2014. This year’s $4 million contribution is over three times the amount given in any year.