Jones & Frank, Gilbarco Veeder-Root Support 'Salute Our Troops'

Published in CSP Daily News

Kangaroo Express campaign to honor military personnel, families achieved $1 million goal

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jones & Frank and Gilbarco Veeder-Root helped The Pantry Inc. convenience store chain achieve the $1 million fundraising goal early in the "Salute Our Troops" summer-long campaign to support the military.

Through The Pantry's more than 1,600 Kangaroo Express stores across 13 states, store guests and communities have enthusiastically demonstrated united support for military personnel and their families. The overwhelming response so early in the campaign will inspire more donations throughout the summer. Donations will support the USO, celebrating 70 years [image-nocss] of delivering programs, entertainment and other services to the military; Wounded Warrior Project, honoring and empowering injured servicemen and women; and five state-based military support organizations that benefit soldiers and their families.

Jones & Frank, Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Kangaroo Express have joined forces to empower communities to shine a spotlight of praise and gratitude on the military by enlisting donations at Kangaroo Express stores from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

"We are pleased to work with our partners at Gilbarco Veeder-Root to support great organizations such as these that really help our military families," said Scott Jones, executive vice president of Jones & Frank. "Many of our team members are veterans and we are proud to be able to give back to them through this program."

Kangaroo Express store guests are invited to make donations and give shoutouts of praise and appreciation to the military heroes in their lives and communities by posting photos and videos on the Salute Our Troops website at www.KESalute.com.

Feeding the "frenzy" of appreciation is the USO Salute Our Troops Jeep Tour, which deployed on Memorial Day and will complete its mission on Labor Day. A fully restored 1952 Willys CJ-3 Jeep is touring the Southeast to honor military heroes and families along the route at Kangaroo Express locations and community events.

"This summer's Salute Our Troops is an ideal campaign for Kangaroo Express and our partners to support the men and women who serve our country," said John Fisher, senior vice president of The Pantry. "We are proud to have Jones & Frank join this campaign to provide an opportunity for our store guests to thank our military for the work and sacrifices required to protect our nation and preserve our freedom."

Jones & Frank is one of the largest Distributors, Service Providers, and Installers serving the energy infrastructure marketplace. The company maintains thirteen branch offices in the Eastern region of the United States. Services are provided nationally, and include a network of 140+ technicians located throughout their footprint.

Headquartered in Cary, N.C., The Pantry, operates more than1,650 convenience stores in 13 states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express, its primary operating banner.

More than one-third of our employees have direct connections with the U.S. Armed Forces, either having served in the military or having a family member currently serving our country.
In fact, more than 10 percent of employees at Kangaroo Express stores and more than 17% of employees at the corporate offices previously served in the Armed Forces. 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.

Jones & Frank, based in Raleigh, N.C., represents the premier products in the energy infrastructure marketplace including Gilbarco Veeder-Root.

Greensboro, N.C.-based Gilbarco Veeder-Root is a worldwide technology leader for retail and commercial fueling operations. It offers integrated solutions from the forecourt to the convenience store and head office.