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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Local citrus growers and packers made a significant contribution to the community wide work of United Way of Indian River County.
The 16th annual holiday citrus sale raised $25,000, the largest amount raised by this event to date, even though event logistics changed this year and all orders were placed at the United Way Center over a two week period in November.
Rusty Banack of Quality Fruit Packers and Scott Lambeth of Golden River Fruit Company, have organized and executed this annual sale since its founding.
"We've found this to be a great way for the agricultural community to give back," said Mr. Lambeth.
Naval oranges and ruby red grapefruit were donated to fill more than 800 orders from residents sending the fruit to friends and family.
Local growers and packers involved include: Fellsmere Farms, Green River Packing, Golden River Fruit Company, Hogan & Sons, IMG Citrus, Indian River Exchange Packers, LeRoy Smith, Oslo Citrus Growers Association, Premier Citrus Packers, The Packers of Indian River, Quality Fruit Packers of Indian River, Riverfront Groves and United Indian River Packers.
"We are all aware of people in need in this community and are happy to join in and do our part," said Mr. Banack. "We have so many return buyers at this sale," said United Way's Faith Frazier. "Our snowbirds especially like to share some Florida sunshine with their loved ones. We can't thank our agricultural community enough."
Mr. Banack and Mr. Lambeth are also organizing the 27th annual United Way Citrus golf tournament which will be held March 2 at the Vero Beach Country Club.
Sponsorships are available.
For more information, call (772) 567-8900, Ext. 12.