JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The GATE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Jacksonville-based GATE Petroleum Company, will present a $77,000 donation to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Sales of pink ribbons averaged $3,000 per day throughout the three-week campaign held in October in GATE’s 72 convenience stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky.
“Virtually everyone knows someone or they themselves have been personally impacted by this devastating disease. That is why we are so proud to support the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides campaign,” said Hill Peyton, chairman of The GATE Foundation, in a press release. “We are so touched by the generous support of our customers and employees, and extend our heartfelt appreciation.”
In addition to the signature pink ribbon displays, associates showed their support by sporting pink Making Strides shirts, in lieu of their traditional GATE uniform shirt, each Friday throughout the month of October.
Customers of GATE Store #1194 in Tallahassee, Fla., and Store #229 in Douglas, Ga., boasted the highest percentage of ribbon sales in their divisions. GATE Store #1203 in Jacksonville, Fla. had the second highest number of ribbons sold overall.