Second Florida Strawberry Picking Challenge Packs Philanthropic Punch

Second Florida Strawberry Picking Challenge Packs Philanthropic PunchThe 2nd Annual Bright House Networks Strawberry Picking Challenge, hosted by Plant City, FL-based Wish Farms, raised $76,000 for the Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA), a non-profit organization that operates childcare centers and charter schools for Florida’s rural poor, particularly farmworkers’ children.

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The fundraising event featured 20 corporate-sponsored teams who competed in relays to earn the title of “Best Harvest Crew.”

Some of the crews represented included Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Monte Package Co., Patterson Companies, International Paper, Florida Strawberry Growers Association, and Farm Credit of Central Florida.

Strawberry growers from around the state were on site to provide picking instructions and serve as coaches. The Monte Package Co., coached by Jacob Hare of Berry Patches and accompanied by former MLB All-Star Fred McGriff, was named the top finisher and recognized for their picking prowess with individual strawberry trophies as well as the “Strawberry Joe” trophy.

Throughout the state, RCMA operates 70 childcare centers and three charter schools.