Sheetz Inc. today is hosting the 9th annual Sheetz Family Christmas “For the Kidz” Golf Classic at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio to benefit Sheetz Family Charities. Among other professional athletes, celebrity guests of honor include Marshall Faulk, Jim Kelly, Jim McMahon and Eli and Archie Manning.
Sheetz Family Christmas began in 1992 when employees of the convenience store chain in Blair County, Penn. raised money to help needy families during the holidays. The “For the Kidz” golf outing raises money for Sheetz employees to use to buy clothing, toys and other presents for kids at Christmas time. Sheetz employees all over the six-state operating area will host holiday parties for local kids in December.
“We’re a company that has always been deeply rooted in our communities, especially programs that benefit youth,” said Louie Sheetz, executive vice president of marketing for the Altoona, Pa.-based marketer. “Every year this golf outing grows and raises more money than the last. We now have nearly 11,000 thoughtful, hard-working employees. When we team them up with the kindness of our vendors and the generosity of our communities and friends, we are able to continue this unique tradition.”
Last year, the Sheetz Family Charities program raised more than $350,000 and helped an estimated 3,800 children in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. To date, Sheetz employees have raised more than $4.3 million for Sheetz Family Charities and helped more than 36,000 children.
In 2005 Sheetz Family Charities formed a new partnership with another charitable organization, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Sheetz Family Charities donated $155,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, making Sheetz the largest single contributor to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Pennsylvania. The money was used to grant 31 wishes for seriously ill children and their families to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando.