Kangaroo Express and Coca-Cola Partner for Kids at Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction
Month-long fundraiser across three states; more than 700 stores to sponsor camper
CARY, N.C., March 1, 2012 – The Pantry, Inc. (Nasdaq:PTRY), the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, is partnering with Coca-Cola for a fourth consecutive year to send children to Victory Junction, a year-round camping environment for children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. The five-week fundraiser launches March 1 in more than 700 Kangaroo Express convenience stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
UPDATE APPEARANCE LOCATIONS: Kyle Petty: Tuesday, March 20; 10 a.m. – noon at the Kangaroo Express at 395 Charlottetown Ave. in Charlotte, NC.
Richard Petty: Tuesday, March 27; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Kangaroo Express at 1115 Randolph Street in Thomasville, NC.
Victory Junction was founded in 2004 by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their late son Adam. The camp relies solely on donations from individuals and corporations like Kangaroo Express to give children a once in a lifetime camping experience. It costs $2,500 to send one child to camp for a week at no cost to his or her family.
“Victory Junction has captured the hearts of Kangaroo Express customers and employees and we are thrilled to be able to continue our support again this year,” said John Fisher, senior vice president of marketing, merchandising and restaurant operations, Kangaroo Express. “Last year we raised $634,000, enough to send more than 250 children to Victory Junction. We are anxious to see how many more children we can help support this year.”
To rally fans behind the cause, Richard and Kyle Petty will meet with fans and sign autographs at Kangaroo Express stores in North Carolina. Kyle will meet with fans Tuesday, March 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Kangaroo Express at 395 Charlottetown Ave. in Charlotte, N.C. Richard will meet with fans on Thursday, March 15 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Kangaroo Express at 1115 Randolph St. in Thomasville, N.C.
“Coca-Cola is proud to continue its partnership with Kangaroo Express to help Victory Junction achieve its mission of providing a life-changing experience for children with chronic medical conditions,” said Denny Walton, director of convenience, Coca-Cola Refreshment. “Victory Junction provides a positive, ongoing impact on the children and families that attend camp. It is an honor for Coca-Cola to support such a vibrant organization making a difference in the communities we serve.”
In addition to donating $1 at the register, customers can donate by enjoying Mars candy, including M&M’s and Snickers. For every Mars candy sold through April 30, 2012, $0.10 will help support Victory Junction. All funds raised during this campaign will enable Kangaroo Express to sponsor children during two weeks of summer camp.
Kangaroo Express stores in Charleston, S.C. first began raising funds for Victory Junction in 2009 and have since expanded to three states. Support for credit card donations started in 2011, which helped to more than triple the total donations from the previous year.
“Victory Junction provides an experience of enrichment and camaraderie to children from across the country and we are so appreciative that once again this campaign will help us see as many children as we can in 2012,” said Brooke Hondros, director of development, Victory Junction. “No family incurs the expense of sending a child to camp due to the generous support of our volunteers and corporate donors like Kangaroo Express and Coca-Cola.”
About Victory Junction
Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, NC, with a second location opening soon in Kansas City, KS. Victory Junction offers programs for a range of disease groups and maintains strong relationships with more than 30 partner hospitals. Victory Junction’s mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous individuals, groups and corporations to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. For more information or to donate, visit www.victoryjunction.org.
About The Pantry
Headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, The Pantry, Inc. is the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the country. As of February 3, 2012, the Company operated 1,618 stores in thirteen states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express®, its primary operating banner. The Pantry’s stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, as well as fuel and other ancillary services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of its customers. For more information, visit www.kangarooexpress.com.