Tom O’Brien, president of C&D Fruit & Vegetable Co. Inc., has participated in every Sunripe benefit.
“Investing in our workers is an investment in our business,” he said. “It’s the trickle-down theory. These workers will tell their friends in Mexico that they can come here and work and their next generation will be educated. The bottom line is we need migrant labor.”
The family owners of Pacific Tomato; Pacific Collier Fresh Co., Immokalee; Heller Bros. Packing Corp., Winter Garden; and Pacific Triple E Produce Corp., Tracy, Calif.; pay for tournament expenses so all contributions go to the education program.
Other companies, including Temple-Inland Inc., Austin, Texas; Catalytic Generators LLC, Norfolk, Va.; and Famous Software LLC, Fresno, Calif.; sponsor the event, at the Arnold Palmer-designed Legacy Golf Club.