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Oct. 13, 2010
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Pilot Celebrity Pumpers Event Has Another Banner Year: Campaign Raises $62,080 for United Way
In only three days, "Pilot Celebrity Pumpers" raised $62,080 for United Way of Greater Knoxville, another fundraising record for the annual campaign.
The event, held at all Knox County Pilot locations on Oct. 4-6, featured more than 70 local officials, celebrities and media personalities pumping gas and greeting customers to raise funds for the 2010 United Way of Greater Knoxville campaign. During the three-day event, Pilot donated five cents for every gallon of gasoline sold and 10 percent of all in-store sales to United Way.
"This event is a great way for the whole community to get involved in helping to support United Way," said Pilot Travel Centers President and CEO Jimmy Haslam. "We appreciate our many customers who stopped by our stores and made this donation possible and applaud our celebrity pumpers who took time out of their busy schedules to support this worthy cause."
Local celebrities were visible throughout the community, from U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan and University of Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl at the Pilot Food Mart at 9550 Northshore Drive to 2010 United Way chairman and University of Tennessee Athletics Director Mike Hamilton at the 2218 Cumberland Avenue location. Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt also drew a crowd pumping at the 2917 Alcoa Highway Pilot Food Mart.
Pilot Celebrity Pumpers started in 1995. This community-wide program is United Way of Greater Knoxville's single-largest special event fundraiser and a highlight of the campaign each year. Click here to view photos from the event.
"Pilot Celebrity Pumpers has become a signature event for United Way. It helps to help remind the community about our annual campaign and the important work United Way does in our community," said United Way 2010 Campaign Chair Mike Hamilton. "It's a team effort and my thanks go to the whole team; to Pilot for sponsoring this event, to the many celebrity pumpers that gave of their valuable time and to all the Pilot customers who participated."
About Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, is committed to making life better for professional drivers. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot Flying J has more than 650 retail locations. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 65,000 parking spaces for trucks, 4,400 showers and 4,000 diesel lanes, with more than 2,200 offering DEF at the pump. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 6 on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies. Visit www.pilotflyingj.com for more information.
About United Way
United Way of Greater Knoxville is a local, independent organization dedicated to improving lives by building a better community. In partnership with 50 agencies, local business, community leaders and ordinary citizens, United Way tackles issues that matter most. By working together, United Way provides a safety net of services addressing Knoxville's most basic needs while working toward lasting change. For more information, please visit http://www.unitedwayknox.org.