By Business Wire, September 23, 2013, 10:15:00 AM EDT
Kangaroo Express "Salute Our Troops®" Campaign Raises Nearly $2.7 Million to Support U.S. Military and Their Families
Donations from Kangaroo Express store guests will benefit the USO,
Fisher House Foundationand other military support organizations
CARY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
The Pantry, Inc. (Nasdaq:PTRY), the leading independently operated
convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, today
announced its third annual summer-long Kangaroo Express "Salute
Our Troops®" fundraising campaign has raised nearly $2.7 million,
bringing the total to $8.4 million raised over the past three summers.
From Independence Day through Labor Day, June 26 through Sept. 3,
Kangaroo Express invited store guests to make donations to the campaign
and encouraged communities to share special messages of gratitude to the
military. Through more than 1,550 Kangaroo Express stores across 13
states, customers and communities enthusiastically demonstrated united
support for military personnel and their families.
"Kangaroo Express guests, associates and partners have once again united
to show their appreciation for the sacrifices made by our troops and
their families. The tremendous spirit and passionate gratitude
demonstrated during this summer's Salute Our Troops campaign rallied
support and pride in the communities we serve," said Joe Venezia, senior
vice president of operations, Kangaroo Express. "This significant
donation builds on our ongoing commitment to our nation's troops and
their families. With more than half of our stores near military
installations and one-third of our associates directly connected to our
troops, it's a commitment to our family."
Donations from the campaign will directly support the USO,
helping to lift the spirits of America's troops and their families
around the world; Fisher
House Foundation, donating "comfort homes" at major military and VA
medical centers that enable military and Veteran's families to be close
to a loved one during hospitalization; as well as eight
state-based military support organizations.
Since its inaugural year in 2011, the Salute Our Troops campaign has
broken fundraising records for many beneficiary organizations and is
among the most accomplished grassroots campaigns the USO has been
involved in during its more than 70-year history.
The other Salute Our Troops beneficiaries span five states throughout
the Southeast and include the Enlisted Association of the National Guard
of Tennessee Auxiliary Soldier Airman Relief Fund, Florida National
Guard Foundation, Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation,
Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund of North Carolina, USO of North
Carolina, South Carolina Military Family Care Association, and the Patriot
Foundation and United
States Veterans Corps, both based in North Carolina.
This summer's donations will build on those collected during the past
two Salute Our Troops campaigns to continue to support our military and
their families. These donations have helped to operate 35 USO centers in
nine states and drive USO programs that support wounded, ill and injured
troops and their caregivers, families of the fallen, America's troops
and military families. In addition, thanks to Salute Our Troops
donations, emergency grant programs run by the state-based military
support organizations have distributed grants for military families that
support a wide range of needs, including car payments and medical bills.
More than 150 Salute Our Troops celebrations were held at Kangaroo
Express stores and community events throughout the southeastern United
States led by Silver Star recipient SSG Tommy Rieman and retired U.S.
Army soldier and drag racer Don O'Neal, with his custom 2009 Mullis
Salute Our Troops Dragster. The events included Family Fun Nights,
inviting military families out for a free night of entertainment, food
and fun. Banners signed with messages of thanks and appreciation by
store guests throughout the tour are being shared with troops and their
families at USO centers throughout the Southeast and overseas.
Salute Our Troops presenting sponsor, PepsiCo, one of the world's
largest food and beverage companies with iconic brands such as
Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade and Frito-Lay, was the leading
corporate contributor to Kangaroo Express' fundraising goal for the
third consecutive year.
"We are proud to once again continue our support with Kangaroo Express
in this annual campaign that year after year provides much needed funds
and support for troops and their families," said Chris DeLong, vice
president of the Dollar, Drug and Convenience Store Channel for PepsiCo
North America Beverages.
To view additional Salute Our Troops sponsor partners, including McLane
and Rockstar, or for more information about the Salute Our Troops
campaign, please visit www.KESalute.com.
To view photos of this summer's Salute Our Troops events, visit Kangaroo
About The Pantry and Kangaroo Express
The Pantry's Kangaroo Express® convenience stores meet the daily food
and fuel shopping needs of guests. As of August 6, 2013, the Company
operated 1,559 stores in thirteen states under select banners, including
its primary operating banner Kangaroo Express. The Pantry is one of the
nation's largest convenience store chains and the leading independently
operated chain in the southeastern United States. The Pantry is
headquartered in Cary, N.C. For more information, visit www.thepantry.com.
Kangaroo Express offers hot and cold beverages, snacks, fresh foods,
gasoline and a wide assortment of merchandise and services for guests'
on-the-go lifestyles. It is home to more than
220 foodservice restaurants, including Subway and Dairy Queen. Kangaroo
Express associates are committed to providing store guests with the
fastest, friendliest and cleanest shopping experience.
With more than half of its stores located within 25 miles of a military
installation, Kangaroo Express has supported the military and their
families for many years, including raising millions of dollars each year
for the USO and other military support organizations as part of its
Our Troops® fundraising campaign. For more information, visit www.kangarooexpress.com
or visit us on Twitter
Source: The Pantry, Inc.