C-Stores Give Back

Convenience stores raise money for local charities, as well as honor veterans with a free meal.

October 27, 2021

Thank You Veterans from Pilot

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Tiger Fuel in Charlottesville, Va., has donated $10,000 to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Charlottesville by allowing customers to round-up their purchases to donate, reports NBC29. The fundraising has been going on for three months.

“The money raised here today goes to providing more mentors to kids and also helps with our specialized programs. In the last year since the pandemic we started a virtual mentoring program, a steam program, and financial literacy, so this helps to give enhanced programming to our kids,” said Athena Gould of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Charlottesville to NB29.

Gordon Sutton, the president of Tiger Fuel, has been a part of the program for years by being a big brother.

Additionally, The GATE Foundation, the philanthropic affiliate of GATE Petroleum Company, raised $170,000 for Firefighters for Families during its 25th annual golf tournament, according to a news release. Firefighters for Families supports families in need who reside in St. Johns County, Florida. Services promote school readiness and attendance.


“We are so grateful to The GATE Foundation for selecting Firefighters for Families as the beneficiary of its 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament,” said Jennifer Hampton, president of Firefighters for Families. “This donation will enable us to positively impact so many children in our community, equipping them with the tools, resources and support they need to succeed in school.”

Pilot Company is giving away free meals to all active duty and retired military members in honor of Veterans Day, according to a news release. On Nov. 11, veterans authenticated with ID.me in the myRewards Plus™ app can save their offer for a $10 free meal credit. Veterans can choose from a variety of food and beverages, including Pilot coffee, fountain drinks, non-alcoholic cooler beverages, hot and cold food items, name-brand snacks and purchases.

The company is also teaming up with the Call of Duty Endowment on an in-store round-up campaign to help veterans transition to successful careers after the military. Pilot Company will match the donations up to $100,000, and 100% of the proceeds from the round-up will go directly to the endowment. This year's campaign hopes to raise $500,000, enough to support nearly 1,000 veterans in their transition into post-military careers.

"We are proud to be a veteran-founded company, and we want to honor our servicemen and women whenever we have the opportunity," said Shameek Konar, CEO of Pilot Company. "Working with the Call of Duty Endowment is an amazing way to help veterans find a great career after they've graciously served our country. We have many veteran team members and guests and look forward to showing them our appreciation by welcoming them to our stores for a free meal on us."