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October 16, 2014
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Today, Pilot presented substantial donations to two local nonprofits, Emerald Youth Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The fundraising efforts stem from customer purchase of paper fliers for each organization that sold for $1 at Pilot stores throughout the community. Together, the checks presented total over $25,000.
“Both Emerald Youth Foundation and JRDF are doing critical work to serve young people in our community, and we are proud to partner with them by collecting donations at our area stores,” said Dan Fleming, vice president of operations for Pilot. “Pilot is truly grateful for the support of our great customers, which is what made this donation possible.”
The check presentation to representatives from each organization was made at the Pilot Food Mart at 10650 Chapman Highway in Seymour.
“Each dollar that was donated at an area Pilot store will go directly to help serve adults and children in our community,” said Erin Cagney, development manager for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “Our mission is different from that of the Emerald Youth Foundation, but what unites us is a common goal to serve young people in our city who need it most.”
John Crooks, communications director for the Emerald Youth Foundation, said “We are so grateful for the generosity of the many East Tennesseans who donated to our organizations, and we are especially grateful to Pilot for helping facilitate this substantial gift.”
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot operates 40 convenience stores in Tennessee. For more information about Pilot, visit www.pilotflyingj.com.
About Emerald Youth Foundation
Emerald Youth Foundation is a Christian, urban youth ministry that serves more than 1,400 children, teens and young adults each year in the heart of Knoxville. Emerald Youth works with a coalition of churches and faith-based organizations to implement its programs that include: JustLead – a youth leadership program with after-school, discipleship, education and health components; Emerald Youth Sports – an outreach in partnership with Fellowship of Christian Athletes featuring baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and swimming; and Emerald Youth Fellows – a program for young adults to ensure they successfully transition from high school to college and into the workforce.
About Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The JDRF East Tennessee Chapter covers 47 counties in the East Tennessee area from the Tri-Cities to Knoxville to Chattanooga. JDRF, which unifies efforts to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D), is a global organization with a strategic plan to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives.