Kangaroo Express’ Salute Our Troops(R) Campaign Raises $1.9 Million to Support U.S. Military and Their Families
Kangaroo Express, the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, operated by The Pantry, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTRY), today announced its fourth annual Salute Our Troops(R) campaign has raised more than $1.9 million, bringing the total amount of funds raised over the past four summers to $10 million.
From the week before Independence Day through Labor Day, June 25 to Sept. 2, Kangaroo Express invited store guests and communities to demonstrate united support for military personnel and their families by making donations to the campaign at its more than 1,500 convenience stores across 13 states.
“For the fourth year in a row, a patriotic fervor and passionate gratitude was demonstrated during this summer’s Salute Our Troops campaign, rallying tremendous support and pride within the communities we serve,” said Gordon Schmidt, senior vice president of operations, Kangaroo Express. “With more than one-third of our associates having a direct connection to the military, supporting our troops means supporting our Kangaroo Express family. This year’s significant donation brings the total amount of funds raised by the campaign to $10 million, further bolstering our ongoing commitment to our nation’s troops and their families.”
Donations from the campaign, including contributions from generous Kangaroo Express customers, will directly support the American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces, providing emergency communications, comfort and assistance to military, veterans and their families; Fisher House Foundation, donating “comfort homes” at major military and VA medical centers that enable military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization; the United States Veterans Corps, a corps of military veterans, spouses, dependents and patriotic citizens performing hands on community service with a mission and deployment attitude, as well as six state-based military support organizations.
The six state-based organizations benefiting from the campaign 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, South Carolina Military Family Care Association and the USO of North Carolina.
Donations raised during the 2013 Salute Our Troops campaign continue to support our military and their families. The donations are helping to build a new Fisher House at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, scheduled to open its doors in 2015, among many other programs. Emergency grant programs run by state-based military support organizations have provided military families with support for a wide range of needs, including car payments and medical bills.
For the first time, Kangaroo Express held motorcycle charity rides throughout the Southeast called Salute Our Troops “ROO Rides.” The ROO Ride events included family fun celebrations and made stops at Kangaroo Express locations, local military support organizations, community parks, memorials, and more to drive hometown support and recognize military heroes and families in local communities along its route.
To view photos of this summer’s Salute Our Troops ROO Ride events, visit Kangaroo Express’ Facebook page.
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 fourth consecutive year.
“We’re proud to continue our steadfast support for Kangaroo Express’ annual Salute Our Troops 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 Red Bull, or for more information about the Salute Our Troops campaign, please visit www.KESalute.com.
About The Pantry and Kangaroo Express
The Pantry’s Kangaroo Express(R) convenience stores meet the daily food and fuel shopping needs of guests. As of July 30, 2014, the Company operated 1,525 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 Dairy Queen, Little Caesars and Subway. 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 military support organizations as part of its summer-long Salute Our Troops(R) fundraising campaign. For more information, visit www.kangarooexpress.com or visit us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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