LOUISVILLE, KY. - Speedway LLC has pledged to raise $1 million over the next three years to the Children€™s Hospital Foundation to help with the cost of two new "Just for Kids" transport vehicles for the Pediatric Transport Team at Kosair Children€™s Hospital. The funds will also support the development of the new dedicated pediatric emergency department at the future Kosair Children€™s Hospital - St. Matthews.
"At Speedway we care about the communities in which we live and work, and so many of our customers understand the impact of Kosair Children€™s Hospital on their families and friends," said Charlie Runyon, region director for Speedway€™s Tri-State Division. "We are proud to partner with people from all over our community to make a difference in the lives of children."
The $1 million fundraising effort comes from Speedway€™s partnership with Children€™s Miracle Network Hospitals and the generous donations of its customers who place money in jars located in Speedway stores throughout the Louisville area. The additional $1 million over the next three years follows a $500,000 Speedway donation in 2011 to the Children€™s Hospital Foundation to purchase a new transport ambulance.
The Pantry Inc. announced this week that it will donate $1 to the USO of North Carolina for every "Like" received on the Kangaroo Express Facebook page from Aug. 6 to Aug. 17 as part of its Salute Our Troops campaign. More than $1.5 million has already been donated at Kangaroo Express checkout counters, with Charlotte, N.C., leading the funds raised in a single market.
Donations from the campaign will support the USO, lifting the spirits of America€™s troops and their families; Wounded Warrior Project, honoring and empowering injured servicemen and women; and six state-based military support organizations, including the USO of N.C.
"After the generosity and enthusiasm our guests and employees have shown to the Salute Our Troops campaign, donating $1 for every new Facebook supporter is just one of many ways Kangaroo Express is showing its appreciation," said John Fisher, senior vice president of marketing, merchandising and restaurant operations at Kangaroo Express, in a press release. "It is our honor to donate to the USO of N.C. with the support of our fans, especially as the Salute Our Troops Caravan makes its way into North Carolina €" the shared backyard of the USO of N.C. and Kangaroo Express."