Summer of Love Winner To Pay for College


On Sept. 15, Samantha Shumake learned she had won the grand prize of $25,000 in the Sheetz “Made to Order Summer of Love Fantasy” sweepstakes, and the teenager has big plans for the award.


“I’ve got my college paid for now,” said Shumake, who turned 19 in August. “Well, some of it. This will help a bunch.” She said she is studying to become a teacher.


Shumake was one of 26,239 Sheetz customers across North Carolina who had entered the Summer of Love sweepstakes. To enter, customers merely had to sign up for a MySheetz Card between June 22 and Aug. 21. MySheetz Cards are a great way to save money on gasoline purchases. Every time they visit a Sheetz store, MySheetz Card holders accumulate points toward discounts on Sheetz fuel.


Shumake signed up for her MySheetz Card in July at Sheetz Store #405, located at 1244 Wilkesboro Highway, near I-40 in Statesville. “I love that you can swipe your MySheetz Card, pump your gas and then go in and pay,” she said. “The store is nice, it’s clean and it has a big variety of stuff.”


A sophomore at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, Shumake works part-time waiting tables and running the cash register at Julia’s Talley House, the family-style restaurant her parents operate in Troutman, N.C.


Besides Samantha’s grand prize, Sheetz also gave away seven prizes of $1,500 each:


    * Mindy Tedder, Winston-Salem

    * Brian Cobbs, High Point

    * Valeana Stephens, Weaverville

    * David Hayes, Trinity

    * Jill Baldwin, Knightdale

    * Pete Muhaluk, Statesville

    * Paul Wojciechowski, Greenville


During the “Sheetz Summer of Love” campaign, lucky winners also were treated to free tanks of gas, concert tickets and other prizes.


“The Summer of Love has really been a lot of fun,” said Louie Sheetz, executive vice president, marketing, Sheetz Inc, headquartered in Altoona, Pa. “Our customers love our fresh, made-to-order sandwiches, our great selection and our low prices. It’s people like Samantha Shumake and all the other winners who make us what we are – and we like to give the love right back.”


Sheetz operates more than 350 convenience locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. 



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