GPM Raises $16,500 for Friendship Circle of Virginia

The nonprofit creates an inclusive social community for people with and without disabilities.

May 27, 2022

Walk'N'Roll Fuel Up GPM Fas Mart Non Profit Collaboration Event Signs

RICHMOND, Va.—GPM Investments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ARKO Corp., raised $16,500 for Friendship Circle of Virginia, a local nonprofit that aims to create an inclusive community by facilitating friendships and social opportunities for people with and without disabilities.

GPM sponsored Friendship Circle of Virginia’s Walk N’ Roll for the second year in a row. More than 160 people attended the fundraising event, which encourages participants to walk, roll, run, scooter or skate to raise money for Friendship Circle of Virginia.

“We truly enjoy supporting local organizations, and the Walk N’ Roll event stands out for its unifying qualities, bringing joy and community to families in Richmond,” said Michael Bloom, executive vice president and chief marketing and merchandising officer at GPM Investments. “We’re proud to support the Friendship Circle of Virginia and look forward to more opportunities to partner in the future.”

GPM provided “Fuel Up” stations, offering drinks and snacks to participants. Additionally, the company supported the debut “Friendship Fair” that featured pony rides, inflatables, a petting zoo and other activities and treats for families to enjoy.

“This year’s event was once again a resounding success, thanks to the support of sponsors like GPM’s fas mart,” said Dr. Sarah Kranz-Ciment, PT, DPT, director, Friendship Circle of Virginia. “We had a lot of new families, new volunteers, and new activities. The Walk N’ Roll is a fantastic collaborative effort, and it was wonderful seeing so much activity and excitement in our community.”