Georgia Association of Convenience Stores

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    In Our Backyard commends GACS work on Human Trafficking to First Lady Marty Kemp

    ​March 18, 2019

    First Lady Marty Kemp has begun a GRACE initiative to fight against human trafficking in Georgia. In Our Backyard, who GACS began partnering with in 2018, commended our work with a letter to the First Lady.

    “As an organization, IN OUR BACKYARD, has been heavily involved in anti-trafficking efforts in Georgia over the past year. We collaborated with GBI, Atlanta PD, FBI, Wellspring Living, and many nonprofit partners to combat human trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl and act as a catalyst for further action the other 364 days of the year.

    In these efforts, we also aligned closely with the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, an organization that serves the convenience store industry in your state. To say that they were incredible partners is an understatement. What began as an opportunity for them to give back to their community turned into an ongoing commitment to engage their industry as the eyes and ears to spot human trafficking and save lives. They have been one of our strongest convenience store industry supporters nationwide.”

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    Convenience Store Charitable Giving Tops $1 Billion

    ​December 12, 2018

    Courtesy of NACS

    Convenience stores contribute or collect more than $1 billion to charities annually, according to a national survey of retailers released today by NACS.

    Overall, 95% of convenience stores support charitable causes, with 66% of these stores supporting five or more charitable causes. Nearly all companies support local charities (91%) such as church groups, shelters, food banks and other non-sports groups. And approximately half of all retailers (47%) also support national charities. Also, more than three in four retailers (76%) contribute to youth sports groups and more than two-thirds (69%) contribute to local schools via PTAs and other fundraising activities.

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    Parker’s CEO Greg Parker Makes Landmark $5 Million Gift to Georgia Southern University’s College of

    ​November 23, 2018

    Parker’s CEO Greg Parker recently made a $5 million gift to the Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc. – the single largest gift in University history – to support the College of Business. On Nov. 13, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved the naming of the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University, with campuses in Statesboro, Ga.; Savannah, Ga.; and Hinesville, Ga.

    Read the press release.

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    McDonald Oil Raised over $40,000 for MDA

    ​November 21, 2018

    At the 13th Annual McDonald Oil/Summit Stores Golf Classic raised more than $40,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

    The money raised helps provide services to patients with muscle diseases. It helps provide a summer camp for children ages 8-17, it supports MDA’s worldwide research program and national network of 150 medical care centers, including the MDA Care Centers at Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.

    Read the full press release.

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    GACS Supports the Fight Against Human Trafficking

    ​August 10, 2018

    ​Convenience store clerks across Georgia are being trained to recognize and safely report human trafficking as a part of a program announced today. The Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) will partner with national advocacy group IN OUR BACKYARD for their Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT) program.

    “Convenience stores serve half the U.S. population every day, and as community hubs, we have the opportunity to be a part of the solution to end human trafficking by learning to recognize the red flags, especially as Atlanta will host the 2019 Super Bowl,” shared Angela Holland, president of GACS.

    Joining Holland at the morning press conference at the Capitol were State Representative Chuck Efstration, Director Vernon Keenan of Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Nita Belles, executive director and founder of IN OUR BACKYARD, Mary Frances Bowley, executive director, Wellspring Living, Matt Clements of Savannah-based Enmarket, and Haley Bower of Flowery Branch-based Clipper Petroleum.


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