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Fill up for United Way Oct. 5-7 at Pilot

October 1, 2015

Oct. 1, 2015

For more information,

Contact: Natalie Bailey
Moxley Carmichael
(865) 544-0088

Anne LeZotte
Pilot Flying J
(865) 474-3028


Celebrity pumpers to greet Pilot customers throughout Knox County

When you stop for fuel, why not let a news anchor, University of Tennessee coach or even a mayor handle the gas pump?

Approximately 80 elected officials and media personalities will help Pilot support the United Way of Greater Knoxville during the 23rd annual Pilot Celebrity Pumpers event. Local celebrities will be pumping gas for customers at Pilot stores Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 5-7.

During the three-day event, Pilot will donate five cents of every gallon of gasoline sold and 10 percent of in-store sales at all Knox County locations to the United Way of Greater Knoxville.

“We appreciate our customers’ dedication and their support of this event and the United Way for the past 23 years,” said Jim Haslam, Pilot founder. “Our community is fortunate to have local celebrities willing to donate their time on behalf of the United Way and its partner agencies that do great work year-round to help those in need.”

Pilot Celebrity Pumpers is the single-largest special event fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s annual campaign. The 2014 event tallied a record $89,400, and since its inception, the event has raised more than $1 million for United Way.

Celebrity pumpers this year include Pilot Flying J NASCAR driver Michael Annett, University of Tennessee Athletics Director Dave Hart, University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Holly Warlick and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, along with a host of other state and local officials and local television and radio personalities.

“Mark your calendars for Oct. 5-7, and have a Celebrity Pumper serve you – as you support the United Way,” Haslam said. “This simple act can really make a difference in East Tennessee.”

For a complete list of celebrity pumper times and locations, visit

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot operates 40 convenience stores in Tennessee.