Publix Super Markets associates and Publix Super Markets Charities reached a new goal during the 2016 Publix employees United Way campaign, with donations totaling $501,455 — more than any other company in United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties’ 59-year history.

The Publix employees campaign has consistently increased each year since 1999 with the opening of the first Publix store in this area, all to benefit United Way’s work in health, education and financial stability in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

“Publix has always been involved in our communities with our time, talents and dollars, so to see the amazing generosity of our associates is so rewarding,” said Publix District Manager Jackie Gouge as she and her store managers visited United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties to present Publix’s donation to Rick Owen, CEO/president of United Way. “We appreciate the Okaloosa Walton County United Way for their support and relationship.”