Lipman Family Farms, North America’s largest open-field tomato producer based in Immokalee, Florida, honored its commitment to creating lasting impact in the community by hosting the eighth annual 5K Race for Tote Bags. back as a hybrid event this weekend.
Each year, Lipman plans and executes the annual 5K to raise funds for its Backpack Giveaway and Back-to-School event in August, where backpacks full of school supplies are given out to children in the Immokalee area. All proceeds from the 5K help ease the financial burden that school supplies often carry and provide students with the essential tools needed to start the upcoming school year on the right foot.
This year’s 5K saw the biggest event unfold with hundreds of new and returning participants. With eight participating Lipman locations nationwide, the event raised a record amount of donations from sponsors and generous contributions from the community.
“Lipman does a great job of bringing the community together and inspiring us to give back when we can,” said Hugo Gijon, Lipman 5K committee member and former track coach at Immokalee High School. “I’ve run this 5k for the past five years, and every year we raise more money and more people come to help us, so I’m excited for the years to come to see how much we can accomplish. what’s more.”
At the event, Lipman also celebrated the Immokalee community by highlighting star teachers during the “Golden Tomato” ceremony. With education being one of Lipman’s primary philanthropic goals, the “Golden Tomato” award recognized three teachers, Rob Boyle, Amanda Bray and Dyan E. Konicek for their leadership and dedication to education.
“At Lipman, we are committed to doing our part by giving back to our communities,” said Jaime Weisinger, director of relationships and planning at Lipman Family Farms. “While we see major success with the 5K event every year, we know that teachers are the real drivers of improving our children’s education and we want to invest in them whenever we can because an investment in any child’s future is an investment well spent.”
Lipman Family Farms is committed to being good from the ground up and continues to see the inspiring effects of the annual 5k run. Although the 5K may be over, donations for Lipman’s Backpack Giveaway are still being accepted. To donate, visit Lipman’s 5K Run/Walk For Backpacks donation page. To learn more about Lipman’s commitment to its communities, visit lipmanfamilyfarms.com.