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GACS GEMS - Going the Extra Mile Stories

The convenience store industry not only serves its customers on a daily basis, but also contributes to the community in multiple ways. At GACS, we want to highlight stories of our members' community involvement and thank them for all they do to give back.

Enmarket, in partnership with Healthy Savannah, present a $1,000 grant to Savannah Urban Garden Alliance  

Friendly Express and Lewis & Raulerson donate to 2 local charities: Hooves to Freedom and Georgia Lion's Camp

Parker’s Donates $8,500 to Bulloch County Schools Through Fueling the Community Program

Parker’s Donates $9,000 to Effingham Public Schools Through Fueling the Community Program

Parker’s Donates $20,000 to Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Through Fueling the Community Program

Parker’s Donates $1,500 to Evans County Schools in Claxton, Ga. Through Fueling the Community Program

Parker’s Donates $20,000 to Beaufort County Schools Through Fueling the Community Program

Enmarket Raises $15,000 for Partnership for a Healthier America

Parker's recently partnered with WSAV-TV to award a $500 academic scholarship to Madeline Prince, a senior at Hilton Head Island High School on Hilton Head Island, S.C. who plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in the Fall of 2017. Every month during the school year, Parker's will donate a $500 college scholarship to an exceptional student in Georgia or the South Carolina Lowcountry. Read article.

Altria Group donated $50,000 to the Southwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief from devastating storms and tornadoes. Read article.

Tommy and Sagar Patel, Susie Q's Foods, are volunteering their time to help their neighbor after his workplace was destroyed from horrific tornadoes that hit South Georgia.

Parker’s Makes $5,000 Fueling the Community Donation to Support Bryan County Schools

CITGO's Spirit Pumps Raise $30,000 for Charities

Parker’s recently donated $3,500 to Toombs County Public Schools, $2,000 to Vidalia City Schools, and $2,500 to Candler County Public Schools through the company’s popular Fueling the Community program, which donates a portion of the sale of every gallon of gas on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools. View Toombs and Vidalia press release. View Candler press release

Parker’s Donates $50,000 to Memorial as Part of $1 Million Endowment to Support Emergency and Trauma Center. View press release

Effingham Living Honors Parker’s as “Most Fabulous Gas Station” View press release.

Parker's and the City of Savannah host a Pokemon Go & Keep Savannah Clean event. View media advisory.

Enmarket and McLane Company joined the Partership for a Healthier America's (PHA) program to provide healthier food choices for consumers. View article (courtesy of NACS).

The Grand Lodge Order of Elks recently presented Greg Parker, President and CEO of Parker’s, with the 2015-2016 Distinguished Citizenship Award for his contributions to the Savannah community and leadership of various community organizations. View Press Release.

Parker’s recently donated $8,000 to Effingham County Public Schools through the company’s popular Fueling the Community program. The check donation took place at a special ceremony during the annual Field Day celebration at Guyton Elementary School in Guyton, Ga. on May 6. View press release.

Parker's won a Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation for its ambitious renovation of the historic Philbrick-Eastman House in Savannah, GA. The house serves as corporate headquarters for Parker's. View press release.

 The rennovated Philbrick-Eastman House, serving as corporate headquarters for Parker's.

Parker's donated $7,500 to Bulloch County Public Schools through the company’s Fueling the Community Program. The check donation took place at a special ceremony at Statesboro High School in Statesboro, Ga. on April 26, 2016. View press release.

 Parker's Jeff Bush presents the check to Bulloch County Schools

Enmarket has committed to investing more than $500,000 per year to increase their employee salaries and offer a profit-sharing bonus. Read the article.

Parker’s donated $2,000 to Evans County Schools at ribbon cutting for new convenience store in Claxton, Ga. The donation was part of Parker's Fueling the Community Program, which donates a portion of the sale of every gallon of gas on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools. View press release. In addition, they donated $15,000 to Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, part of over $32,000 Parker's has donated to area schools in two weeks. View press release.

 Greg Parker presenting $2,000 check to Evans County Schools

Golden Pantry Food Stores donated $25,000 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. View the press release.

Golden PantryGolden Pantry awarding $25,000 check to Make-a-Wish Foundation

Acosta Sales and Marketing partners with Chocolate for a Cause, a charitable program where c-store retailers partner with a charity of their choice. The retailers sell World's Finest Chocolate bars, with a portion of proceeds going to their chosen charity. RaceTrac Petroleum and Circle K have both participated in the program. View more information.

Enmarket Stations invites 501c3 nonprofit organizations to participate in their 2016 Encourage Health Series for a chance to win $1,000 grant. View the press release.

Clyde's Market distributed $13,000 worth of Christmas toys to kids in need.

Greg and Angie Woolard, Clyde's Market with recipients.

Kroger trains its associates to recognize and assist shoppers with Alzheimer's. View article.

Enmarket Presents $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations during 2015 Encourage Health Series. View press release.

Paulding County police help Georgia Lottery with video gaming machine compliance. View article.

Chevron's Fuel Your School Program funded 10,126 classroom projects and provided over one million children with classroom materials. View article.

The Parker Company's annual golf tournament raised over $83,000 for their Fueling the Community Program. View the press release.

Attendees at The Parker Company's annual golf tournament.

McDonald Oil/Summit Stores raised over $31,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at their annual golf tournament. View press release.

Tori Yearta, BP Whitesburg, was named the YMCA of Metro Atlanta's 2015 Volunteer of the Year. View press release.

Tori Yearta receiving her award.

Circle K raised more than $40,000 at their annual charity golf outing. They have been a sponsor of The Children's Miracle Network and March of Dimes since 1995.

Quality Foods, Inc. hosts an annual golf tournament for The Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 2014 they raised more than $20,000.

Verlin Reece, Quality Foods with MDA representative at annual golf tournament.

The Leon Farmer Company contributes to various charities such as The Athens Banner Herald Stocking Fund, The Goodwill of North Georgia, the Cardio Rehab Program, Athens Regional Medical Center, and other organizations within the Athens community.