(SAVANNAH, GA) During the month of May, Enmark Stations, Inc. raised $76,097 by selling paper balloon icons in all 59 of its retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, and holding two “Full-Service Fridays” locally in Savannah, GA. The funds raised from these efforts were graciously donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2014 Light The Night Walk.
The company exceeded its aggressive goal to raise $75,000 in support of LLS’s mission to cure blood cancer and help patients and their families. This is a $10,000 increase over the $65,000 they raised in 2013.
The paper balloon icons could be purchased for $1 and were displayed on surfaces inside the Enmark stations. In addition to the paper icons sales, Enmark Stations held two Full-Service Fridays on May 9 and May 23 at popular Savannah stations. Customers were invited to pull into the Enmark Store, where members of the Enmark management team pumped gas, wiped windows and handed out coupons for car washes for donations.
Houstoun Demere, VP/General Manager of Enmark, having lost his mother to leukemia at an early age, felt an obligation to help this nonprofit organization. “Thanks to our generous customers, our company was able to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s efforts to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for the patients and their families. I am so proud that we were able to reach our donation goal, and I cannot thank our customers enough. I hope we will continue this tradition in the coming years.”
In the beginning of this year, Enmark was honored with the National Partner Award from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for their outstanding fundraising support in the 2013 Light The Night Walk campaign, when Enmark raised an incredible $65,648.
Savannah’s 2014 Light The Night Walk was held Friday, October 17 in Forsyth Park. During the event, walkers carried illuminated balloon along the walk route. Each balloon signified how the carrier was affected by blood cancer. Cancer patients and survivors carried white balloons as “lights of hope,” supporters carried red balloons and those walking in remembrance of someone carried gold balloons.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
The Georgia Chapter serves patients with a variety of programs including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, the Trish Greene Back to School program for children with cancer as well as financial assistance programs which last year provided over $1.45 million to patients statewide. Currently, the Georgia Chapter funds $2.75 million towards research grants in multi-year agreements with Emory Winship Cancer Institute. There were approximately 4,070 new diagnoses for blood cancer in Georgia in 2011. For more information on the Georgia chapter of LLS, please call 800-399-7312 or 404-720-7900 or visit http://www.lls.org/ga.
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc. is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Today the Savannah-based company, which will celebrate its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 59 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina that offer high quality and competitively priced gasoline, food and beverages, lottery services and more. Enmark’s gasoline is filtered through a trademarked Double Filtered System, resulting in gasoline and diesel that is clean and 100-percent water-free. Enmark customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using an Enmark Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. For more information on Enmark Stations, Inc., please call 912-236-1331 or visit http://www.enmarkenjoy.com.