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Food City shoppers help raise nearly $14,000 for Miracle Field project

Staff Report • Oct 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — City of Kingsport, Kingsport Chamber and Food City officials gathered Thursday at the Eastman Road Food City for two ceremonial check donations to Kingsport’s Miracle Field project.

On behalf of their customers and associates, Food City presented a $13,849 check, while Certified Angus Beef presented a $500 check. Last month, Food City teamed up with Visit Kingsport and the Kingsport Chamber to raise funds to benefit the baseball field, which is scheduled to be completed in spring 2020 at Brickyard Park. The field will be the region’s first to provide a safe playing surface for children and adults with special needs. The complex will also offer a playground for children of all abilities.

“We would like to thank our loyal customers and associates for their extreme generosity in support of this outstanding project,” said Steven Smith, Food City’s president and chief executive officer.

Food City’s fundraising campaign ran from Aug. 28 through Sept. 24 in Kingsport area Food City locations. Customers were given the opportunity to purchase $1, $3 or $5 donation cards at the checkout. The $13,849 raised was presented to Kingsport Chamber officials earlier this week. Food City has also committed a corporate donation of $25,000 to the project over the next five years.

“Food City has always been a great community partner for this region,” said Jud Teague, executive director of Visit Kingsport. “We are very excited they chose to offer the community an opportunity to contribute to this project that will benefit so many special needs individuals in our region.”

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