Ocala- and Tallahassee-based beverage distributor Cone Distributing (Team Cone) combined forces with community members throughout the company’s 22-county footprint to give over $85,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
At the beginning of 2022, Team Cone set a goal to raise $40,000 for their annual donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After donating over $70,000 in 2021, Team Cone knew that their teammates would pull together and fundraise a sizeable donation to the hospital following the COVID years.
“To Team Cone, one of our most loved Core Values is Giving Back With Caring,” says Charlie Ingrilli, Team Cone’s Vice President of Development. “Our team knows what an impact this annual donation can make and that is what drives us – making a difference in the lives of the children of St. Jude. Being able to say that we more than doubled our goal and raised $85,339 shows us how much our teammates value giving back.”
In 2022, former Team Cone teammate Ben Whiting held a fundraiser called “No One Fights Alone” at the Gator Nationals Drag Race and raised an $18,145 donation. Ben joined his donation to Team Cone’s to have an even greater impact for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, bringing the final donation for 2022 to $103,484.
2022 marks the 14th year that Team Cone has hosted events and community activities throughout the 22 counties they serve to make a large donation to the hospital. Team Cone’s business partners collect funds, make donations, or work to support the company’s annual drive for St. Jude. In those 14 years, Team Cone and their community have together raised $557,247 for the nonprofit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Planning and progress are already underway for Team Cone’s 2023 St. Jude fundraisers. The company’s goal this year is to carry on the legacy of community contribution by continually giving back with caring.
About Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have come through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from the research conducted at St. Jude – research that is shared freely with the global medical community. No family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
About Cone Distributing
Founded by Douglas P. Cone, Jr. in 1985, Cone Distributing (Team Cone) began selling five brands of beer in four rural counties. Less than two years later, the company began expanding its territory and suppliers and has not stopped since, building the largest geographic footprint in the state for a Florida beverage distributor. Today Team Cone distributes a broad portfolio of beverages from over 40 suppliers in 22 Florida counties out of a state-of-the-art facility in Ocala and a facility in Tallahassee. Cone Distributing’s goal is to operate a World Class company, distinguishing itself by doing the Right Thing the Right Way All the Time.
Team Cone was chosen in 2019, 2020, 2021, and again in 2022 as one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For in Florida.