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NFL's John Elway Headlines Sheetz Charity Golf Tournament

ALTOONA, Pa. -- With the help of some star athletes, Sheetz Inc. hosted its 11th "For the Kidz" Golf Classic yesterday and Sunday at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The event raised more than $500,000 that will go to providing underprivileged children a more meaningful Christmas holiday.

Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway headlined the event together with other celebrity guests including Coach Lou Holtz, former Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens defensive back Rod Woodson, and former MLB manager Whitey Herzog.

Additional celebrities attending the event included: former MLB stars Dave Giusti, Jim Rooker, Kent Tekulve and Rick Reuschell; former NFL stars Al Jenkins, Mike Wagner, L.C. Greenwood, Mel Blount and Jack Ham; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brady Quinn; University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier; LPGA star Rachel Hetherington; and ESPN Sportscenter anchor John Anderson.

The "For the Kidz" golf outing raises money that is used by Sheetz employees to purchase clothing, toys and other presents for kids at Christmastime. The children attend holiday parties that are hosted by employees throughout all six states Sheetz operates in. Local children are then given the gifts that were bought especially for them.

"The 'For the Kidz' Golf Classic is an amazing event. We are very fortunate to have wonderful support from our vendors and employees for this program," Louie Sheetz, executive vice president of marketing for Sheetz, said in a statement. "The continued success of this event benefits more children each year."

The "For the Kidz" program—formerly, Sheetz Family Christmas—began in 1992 when employees of the c-store chain raised money to help deserving families during the holidays. Last year, the Sheetz Family Charities program raised more than $450,000 and made the 2008 holiday season special for more than 4,250 deserving kids across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

Since 1992, Sheetz employees have raised more than $5.5 million for Sheetz Family Charities and have helped more than 47,000 children, according to the chain.

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