In October, Port Orleans Brewing Company teamed up with grocery chain Winn-Dixie for the “Lend a Helping Can” campaign to raise money for the Ochsner Cancer Institute. The campaign was overwhelmingly successful: on Thursday, November 14, the two businesses donated a total of $71,127 to the Ochsner Cancer Institute to help patients in their fight against cancer.
The Ochsner Cancer Institute treats more than 34,000 patients each year. According to Brian Moore, MD, FACS – Director of the Ochsner Cancer Institute, “The Ochsner Cancer Institute is committed to providing expert cancer care where its patients live, in large and small communities alike, and provides support and services to bring more ‘good days’ to patients undergoing treatment. In the Spring of 2020, the newly expanded Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner Medical Center will double in size and provide even more access to the latest cancer treatments, research, and multidisciplinary care that treats the whole patient – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Philanthropic support from organizations like Port Orleans and Winn-Dixie make what we do possible. We are very thankful to them and all ‘Lend a Helping Can’ participants.”
While this year’s “Lend a Helping Can” campaign was the first time that Port Orleans Brewing Company and Winn-Dixie have teamed up together, both businesses have said that they look forward to expanding the partnership next year.
“It’s an honor to participate in this campaign with Winn-Dixie,” said Zach Strief, Owner and Co-founder of Port Orleans Brewing Co. “Our community is founded on the values of charity and service, so it’s important for us to also give back to the community that gives so much.”
“We cannot thank our customers and associates enough for their generous donations to such an important organization,” said Joey Medina, Regional Vice President at Winn-Dixie. “The incredible work that the Ochsner Cancer Institute does for the Gulf Coast region is crucial to the wellbeing of the communities we serve. It is an honor to build on our relationships with Port Orleans and Ochsner as we all continue to do our best to make an impact on the everyday lives of the people in our community.”