Associates at Store 1 are accustomed to seeing Food Lion Co-Founder Ralph Ketner Shopping weekly at their Store #1 at 123 Mahaley Avenue.
But on Thursday, Oct. 2, he brought something they didn’t expect: a $10,000 check to be donated to Rowan Helping Ministries.
“I just think that the community has helped our stores by patronizing us in so many ways, and this is a perfect way for us to give back,” Ketner said at a press conference inside the store.
Ketner, who just turned 94 last week, said he wanted to do something special to commemorate his birthday that would help the community. He used $10,000 of his own money to purchase Food Lion gift cards at Store 1 for the non-profit agency. The agency will use those cards at that store.
“We thank Mr. Ketner for his generosity and ongoing support of our company in so many ways, and for creating a culture of caring and giving back at Food Lion many years ago,” said Food Lion President Beth Newlands Campbell.
Store associates and market leaders were present for the presentation along with media representatives from The Salisbury Post and WSOC-TV Channel 9.