Donation will support the construction of Bissonette Family Recreation Area in Hinesburg.
Local CITGO Marketer Champlain Oil Co. raised $2,530.60 by collecting three cents from every gallon of gas purchased in the month of April at the Hinesburg Jiffy Mart in Vermont for the construction of a new recreational facility, the Bissonette Family Recreation Area.
The 11-acre recreational facility located off Shelburne Falls Road will accommodate youth and adult recreation programs and provide adequate recreation space to support the town’s athletic programs.
“We want to thank our great customers for helping make this donation possible. We kept hearing our customers complain about how much time it took to go to a field in another town just so their kids could play. When we heard about the plan to build a nearby recreation center, we jumped at the opportunity to help fundraise for the construction,” said Jiffy Mart Manager Kristi Brown. “We know the facility will be a great asset to our community, and it definitely took a community to build it. We look forward to crossing the road and watching tons of games.”
For many years, the Town of Hinesburg, Vt. did not have the space to support its athletic programs, leaving youth programs scattered throughout the town and forcing residents to travel to surrounding towns in order to participate in team sports. In 2011, local farmer, the late Wayne Bissonette, and his family donated 11 acres of land to the Town of Hinesburg to be used as the Bissonette Family Recreation Area. This facility will include two full-size, multi‐purpose fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, a Little League baseball field, a “tot lot” playground, parking, restrooms and storage. To learn more about this project, visit www.hinesburg.org.
The campaign for the recreation area is just one way in which Champlain Oil gives back to the local community. Other examples include annual fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through a golf tournament and donations within its Jiffy Mart locations and also sponsorships for local youth sports teams, including the Charlotte Little League and CSSU Buccaneers football.
Champlain Oil currently owns 32 Jiffy Mart locations throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.