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Oct. 2, 2013
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Celebrity Pumpers Greet Pilot Customers throughout Knox County
Some familiar faces will appear at Pilot locations across Knox County next week. Nearly 70 elected officials and media personalities will help Pilot support the United Way of Greater Knoxville during the annual Pilot Celebrity Pumpers event. These “celebrities” will be pumping gas for customers Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 7-9.
During the three-day event, Pilot will donate five cents for every gallon of gasoline sold and 10 cents for every dollar of in-store sales at all Knox County locations to the United Way of Greater Knoxville.
“The United Way of Greater Knoxville and Pilot share the same goal to make a positive, lasting impact in our community,” said Pilot Founder and Chairman James A. Haslam II. “During Pilot Celebrity Pumpers, we are able to partner with community members across Knoxville, who help by simply filling up their gas tanks or picking up some groceries.”
Pilot Celebrity Pumpers is the single-largest special event fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s annual campaign. The 2012 event raised $64,950.
Celebrity pumpers this year include Pilot Flying J NASCAR driver Michael Annett, University of Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart, University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Holly Warlick, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, along with a host of other state and local officials and local television and radio personalities.
“This fundraising tradition would never be possible without the generosity of so many elected officials, media representatives and other celebrities who are willing to donate their time for this important cause,” Haslam said. “Most importantly, we thank our loyal customers who make it a point to fill up their gas tanks during Pilot Pumpers and therefore make this United Way donation possible.”
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot operates 40 convenience stores in Tennessee.