Pilot Flying J Celebrates 60th Anniversary With $2 Million in Charitable Donations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J is celebrating its 60th anniversary during the month of November by donating $2 million in honor of its history of giving back and commitment to fueling life’s journeys into the future.
The travel center operator's giving is focused on two pillars: supporting military heroes and their families, and helping communities across the country by investing in programs where its guests and team members live and work.
"We are grateful to the millions of guests and thousands of team members who have fueled our business for 60 years," said James A. Haslam II, founder of Pilot Flying J. "To celebrate this great achievement, we wanted to say thank you in a meaningful way that honors our history and will make a positive difference in the communities we serve."
More than 20 nonprofit organizations will receive contributions, each reflective of the causes that are important to Pilot Flying J’s guests and team members, and the values upon which the company was built, the travel center operator reported.
As a veteran-founded company, Pilot Flying J will partner with organizations such as Hire Heroes USA, Bunker Labs, Fisher House and Folds of Honor. Funds will support veterans and their families by providing cost-free housing to those caring for injured loved ones and by connecting them with opportunities to drive their future success.
Other organizations including Boys and Girls Club of America, Feeding America, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Trucker Buddy International will be supported by funding programs that focus on health and wellness, access to food and academic success in communities across the country.
To view the full list of recipient organizations, click here.
"A spirit of community and philanthropy was instilled in our company’s culture from the beginning. We are proud to partner with these important organizations, supporting their missions and programs to help our communities and veterans thrive," commented Meg Counts, community relations and events manager of Pilot Flying J. "Together, we are truly able to fuel life’s journeys."
Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J operates more than 750 retail locations in 44 states, Roadside assistance available at more than 135 locations nationwide as part of its Truck Care program, 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers, and 34 Boss Shops.