In The Community
Every year, the convenience and fuel retailing industry dedicates billions of dollars to advancing the futures of individuals and families in our communities. The NACS Foundation unifies and builds on NACS members’ charitable efforts to amplify their work in communities across America and to share these powerful stories.
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CARROLL FUEL, HIGH’S RAISE $100,000+
Carroll Fuel and High raised more than $100,000 to support the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center through two campaigns: the 16th Annual Doug Miller Sr. Golf Tournament and the High’s Keep the Change program. The annual golf tournament was recently renamed to honor the late Miller, who had been a part of the Carroll Fuel organization for over 40 years. High’s launched “Keep the Change” in November of 2021 to support organizations within Carroll Fuel and High’s community, including the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, local animal shelters, food banks, The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.
CASEY’S FUNDS YOUTH SPORTS
Casey’s has partnered with Gatorade to provide $60,000 in funding to three youth sports organizations in Knoxville, Kansas City and Oklahoma City through Gatorade’s Fuel Tomorrow initiative. The funding provides $20,000 to each of the organizations for equipment and resources to better serve youth in underserved communities.
“Casey’s is proud to partner with Gatorade to ensure the athletes of tomorrow have a level playing field,” said Katie Petru, director of communications and community at Casey’s. “From purchasing necessary sports equipment to hiring new coaches, our combined resources are allowing these young athletes the chance to excel at their passions, and we couldn’t be happier to fuel a better tomorrow for these rising stars.”
GATE FOUNDATION BACKS DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS
The GATE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Jacksonville-based GATE Petroleum Company, and GATE customers raised $40,000 in support of Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. Funds were raised in GATE convenience stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina through the company’s “Buddy for a Buck” paper icon campaign. From October 1 to 21, customers could donate $1 and sign their name on a paper icon displayed in the GATE store. Customers could also donate by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar. Funds were allocated to local Down Syndrome associations in the communities where collected.
OnCue DONATES TO FOOD BANKS
OnCue collected $60,236 in nonperishable items from stores to distribute to local food banks and other high-impact community organizations in 2022, along with $19,713 in monetary donations for specially labeled sales items in stores. The largest recipient of donations was the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which received over 3,500 pounds, the equivalent to 2,916 meals for those in need. The organization also received over $14,000 in financial support through the sale of select wines at OnCue stores. Our Daily Bread, a food resource center in OnCue’s hometown of Stillwater, Okla., received over $11,000 worth of food products and $5,706 in financial support. In 2023, the sale of reusable fountain cups under the OnCue Gives program will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Our Daily Bread through the end of March. For each cup purchased, 50 cents will be donated.
RUTTER’S SUPPORTS WOUNDED WARRIORS
Rutter’s Children’s Charities donated $20,000 to PA Wounded Warriors in honor of Veteran’s Day. The statewide nonprofit provides support to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, veterans in crisis and their families. “We’re very appreciative of all those who selflessly serve our country each and everyday.” said Chris Hartman, president of Rutter’s Children’s Charities. “It was an easy decision to support PA Wounded Warriors because of the amazing work they do for any veteran in need of assistance throughout our communities.”
SINCLAIR OIL AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO VETERAN FAMILIES
Sinclair Oil’s fall giving campaign, Fueling Folds of Honor, raised nearly $1 million to support the children and spouses of fallen or disabled veterans and first responders by providing educational scholarships. A portion of fuel bought at participating Sinclair stations was set aside for Folds of Honor during the campaign. Sinclair anticipates awarding more than 180 educational scholarships of $5,000 each to families of fallen veterans in areas served by Sinclair stations. “Words cannot express how grateful and humbled we are by the actions of our Sinclair family during this campaign,” said Jack Barger, senior vice president of marketing for HF Sinclair. “Together I believe we have done something meaningful for the next generation, and we’re honored by how our station partners embraced this program.”