Kangaroo Express Supports American Widow Project

Fourth annual fundraiser in N.C., Va. and Myrtle Beach, S.C.;
600 Kangaroo Express stores to support weekend get-aways for military widows

Online PR News – 10-October-2012 – CARY, N.C. – The Pantry, Inc., the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, today announced it is helping send military widows on American Widow Project (AWP) Get-Away weekends for the fourth consecutive year. The October fundraiser takes place in more than 600 Kangaroo Express convenience stores throughout North Carolina, Virginia and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

AWP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter. AWP Get-Away Weekends held throughout the year provide expense-paid retreats for military widows from all over the country to connect, share stories and bond during an active weekend.

Kangaroo Express and AWP held its fourth-annual Get-Away weekend in North Carolina on Oct. 1 – Oct. 2. The weekend included a special Widows Dinner and evening of bowling at Sparians in Raleigh, N.C. and the 4th Annual AWP/Kangaroo Express Golf Tournament at Riverwood Golf Course in Clayton, N.C. Proceeds from the golf tournament will join those donations raised at the Kangaroo Express checkout counter.

“Kangaroo Express has been a significant partner with the American Widows Project and has played an important role in our ability to continue reaching the nearly 3,000 military widows from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars,” said Taryn Davis, founder and executive director of AWP.

Kangaroo Express has raised $159,000 for the American Widow Project over the past three years alone.

“We are proud to once again support the American Widow Project and their worthy mission of honoring the loved ones of our servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Scott Smith, region sales director, Kangaroo Express. “This year, we encourage all family, friends, neighbors, and supporters to come help us and American Widow Project give these widows the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of support and relaxation.”

Customers can donate to the fundraiser when they checkout at participating Kangaroo Express convenience stores through Oct. 31.

About The Pantry and Kangaroo Express
Headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, The Pantry, Inc. is the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the country. As of August 6, 2012, the Company operated 1,589 stores in thirteen states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express®, its primary operating banner. The Pantry's stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, as well as fuel and other ancillary services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of its customers. For more information, visit www.kangarooexpress.com.

With more than half of our stores located within 25 miles of a military installation, Kangaroo Express has supported the military and their families for many years, including raising a total of $5.67 million for the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and local military support organizations as part of its annual “Salute Our Troops®” fundraising campaign.


Contact Information
Sarah Haas
Largemouth Communications, on behalf of Kangaroo Express