Donation will send 400 children with chronic medical conditions to summer camp
Online PR News – 08-May-2013 – CARY, N.C. – Kangaroo Express, the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, operated by The Pantry, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTRY), today announced more than $1 million has been raised for Victory Junction, funds that will send more than 400 children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses to summer camp. During its fifth annual fundraiser, Kangaroo Express collected donations throughout March at more than 700 Kangaroo Express convenience stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as more than 100 restaurants at Kangaroo Express stores.
Kangaroo Express will present a check to Victory Junction for $1,015,922 during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., on May 18, 2013.
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.
"After raising more than $1 million for Victory Junction two years in a row, it is clear that Victory Junction has captured the hearts of Kangaroo Express guests and associates," said Scott Smith, eastern division vice president, Kangaroo Express. "More than a fundraising milestone, this summer has been a celebration of both the fifth anniversary of our fundraiser and the 10th summer children with severe illnesses have been able to enjoy themselves at Victory Junction."
Kangaroo Express will sponsor more than 400 children during two weeks of summer camp, thanks to the funds raised from this campaign. Because of this donation, Victory Junction will aid children with neurological and genetic disorders, craniofacial anomalies, sickle cell, skin disease and pediatric burn survivors. The organization is also preparing to unveil a playground at Myrtle Beach Speedway that will bolster awareness of Victory Junction's continued efforts in providing children diagnosed with chronic medical conditions a memorable and enriching summer camp experience.
Kangaroo Express stores in Charleston, S.C. first began raising funds for Victory Junction in 2009 and have since expanded to three states. With the addition of support for credit card donations and the annual rallying of the community, donations have more than doubled year after 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 2013," said Brooke Hondros, director of development, Victory Junction. "With the generous support of our volunteers and corporate donors like Kangaroo Express, sending a child to camp comes at no expense to their families."
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, N.C. 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, always free of charge. 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. Since the camp’s inception, more than 17,500 children and families have received not only a circle of support but experiences thought to only be possible by healthy children. For more information or to donate, visit www.victoryjunction.org.
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 February 5, 2013, the Company operated 1,571 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 and embracing communities with campaigns such as Salute Our Troops®, raising millions of dollars for the USO and other military support organizations. For more information, visit www.kangarooexpress.com or visit us on Twitter and Facebook.