Cherokee Distributing Company teamed up with E-Z Stop and KenJo Markets to make a total donation of $7,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley to assist the nonprofit’s efforts during COVID-19.
The Knoxville-headquartered distributing company, a leading beer wholesaler in the state, used a special in-store promotion during the months of May and June to raise donation funds with $3,750 each coming from E-Z Stop and KenJo Markets. The checks were presented to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley on Aug. 20.
“We’re grateful to partner with such an impactful organization in our community,” said Jeff Knight, general manager for Cherokee Distributing Company. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley had assisted families during the COVID-19 pandemic with extra services and expanded hours, so children had a safe place to be while their parents worked this summer. We wanted to help the Boys & Girls Clubs continue the great work they’re doing with young people in our community.”
The organization will continue to provide a safe place for children after school to complete their coursework with internet access, snacks and meals, supervision from staff and other activities, including sports, dance and art.
“We were eager to team up with Cherokee Distributing Company to provide support for such a worthy organization,” said Trenton Langston, vice president for E-Z Stop. “Like Cherokee Distributing Company, we are headquartered in East Tennessee and we are grateful for organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley who provide children in our community with the resources they need to continue learning and growing even in uncertain times.”
“We’re very thankful for the critical services the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley continue to provide,” said Wes Carruthers, president of KenJo. “We’re hopeful that this donation will provide some much-needed support as the organization continues to adapt offerings to best serve Knoxville-area children and families.”
Bridget Jones, director of development and corporate events for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, said the funds will help the organization continue to offer vital services at clubs in Knox, Blount, Loudon and North Anderson counties.
“We are very grateful for partners like Cherokee Distributing Company, E-Z Stop and KenJo Markets for their support with our ongoing efforts,” Jones said. “This gift will directly help serve our young club members as we continue to navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19.”
To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley, visit www.bgctnv.org. For more information about Cherokee Distributing Company, E-Z Stop and KenJo Markets, visit www.cherokeedistributing.com, www.ezstop.net and www.kenjomarkets.com.