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Community Service Spotlight

NATIONAL REPORT -- Giving back through community service efforts and charity donations is a positive force that keeps many retailers and suppliers of this industry moving ahead. On a regular basis, Convenience Store News will highlight these philanthropic efforts in this special section. Here are the latest company spotlights:

BP employees reached $20 million donated to more than 14,500 US-based non-profit organizations through The Fabric of America Fund since the program launched in October 2007. All full-time U.S.-based employees can designate up to $300 annually to donate to a charity of their choice, with no matching funds required.

Fabric of America Fund donations have been made by BP employees to non-profit organizations in all 50 states and more than 3,000 cities and towns. In 2012 alone, employees have given more than $1.79 million through the program to a wide range of organizations focused on health, education, poverty, technology and other important issues.

Kum & Go
For each hot drink sold at participating Kum & Go locations from October 1, 2012 through December 7, 2012, Kum & Go will donate five cents to Toys for Tots, with a minimum donation of $100,000 regardless of purchase activity.

For each foursquare check-in at participating Kum & Go locations from October 1, 2012 through October 31, 2012, Kum & Go will donate $1 to Toys for Tots, up to a maximum donation of $10,000.

EZ Energy
EZ Energy continued its support of the Homeless Children's Education Fund with a $30,000 donation. HCEF is a local Allegheny County (Pa.) charity supporting youth in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. HCEF's mission is to provide advocacy, community engagement, and direct service programs that support the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County.

EZ Energy's support of HCEF over the last two years has resulted in more than $110,000 for the local charity.

Del Monte Fresh Produce
Del Monte Fresh Produce participated in two charity events last month hosted by Miami Children's Hospital and other partners including Publix, Hyundai, and Total Bank. Brand ambassadors in Del Monte banana costumes distributed fresh fruit to participants at both events.

In addition to the healthy snacks distributed to runners participating in the 2nd Annual Miami Children's Hospital 5K race held at Coral Gables City Hall, the two brand ambassadors, wearing Del Monte banana costumes provided attendees with a variety of humorous photo ops.

Participants in the Miami Paddle Challenge held at Matheson Hammock Park were in for a unique surprise when they were joined by five giant paddling Del Monte bananas The five paddle boarding bananas finished the three mile race along with canoes, paddle boards, kayaks, and other vessels. All proceeds from the event were donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

South Lake Tahoe 7-Eleven
South Lake Tahoe (Calif.) 7-Eleven owners recently selected the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe to receive a $1,000 donation.

The donation came from proceeds from the Annual Lew Magnotti Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe area 7-Eleven franchisees in memory of Magnotti, a former 7-Eleven owner. The club will be using the donation to provide materials and supplies for after-school enrichment programs that serve 878 members ages 5-18 in South Lake Tahoe.

Kangaroo Express
At a celebratory event to mark the end of its 2012 Salute Our Troops summer campaign to raise funds for military support organizations, Kangaroo Express presented the USO with a check for more than $1 million.

From July 4 through Labor Day, Kangaroo Express, its team and store guests raised over $3 million -- nearly a million dollars more than was raised in the inaugural 2011 campaign.

USO staff and volunteers were also recognized for their hard work and dedication during the campaign--attending and planning Salute Our Troops rallies and personally rooting on Kangaroo Express employees in their community.

The Salute Our Troops campaign involved more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express locations across 13 states. It is one of the largest fundraising initiatives the USO has participated in, in its more than 70-year history. To thank Kangaroo Express, its team and guest for helping to lift the spirits of troops and families, the USO presented officials with a U.S. flag from Afghanistan, signed by troops at Camp Leatherneck and Kandahar.

Scotsman Ice Systems
Scotsman Ice Systems today announced plans to donate a percentage of each healthcare unit sold to the Global Water Challenge's newly launched Women for Water campaign. The campaign is a global grassroots initiative that is dedicated to launching women-led water ventures, each of which is estimated to provide clean water for 1,000-2,500 people in its first year of operation.

Starting January 2013, Scotsman Ice Systems plans to submit donations to Women for Water twice per year.

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