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Pilot Pumpers event raises $94,697 for United Way of Greater Knoxville

October 9, 2020

Pilot donated $94,697 to the United Way of Greater Knoxville thanks to the support of community members who purchased gas and other items at Knox County Pilot Convenience Stores during the “Pilot Pumpers” fundraiser Oct. 5-7.

During the 28th annual Pilot Pumpers three-day event, Pilot donated five cents of every gallon of gasoline sold and 10 cents of every dollar spent in-store to the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s 2020 annual campaign.

“We are impressed and humbled that, during a unique year without in-person celebrity pumpers greeting guests at the pump, the community stepped up and showed up at our stores to support the Pilot Pumpers fundraiser,” Pilot Founder Jim Haslam said. “Now, more than ever, the United Way is ready and able to help many people in East Tennessee, and this $94,697 will go a long way in supporting our community. Thank you!”

To prioritize the health and safety of guests and local celebrities, Pilot Pumpers did not have on-site pumpers greeting guests in 2020. However, Pilot remained committed to partnering with the community and the United Way to raise funds and support the increased need for relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to guests who participated and stopped at stores to fuel up and grab a coffee or a snack, the event again was a success.

“We’re staying apart but working together to make our community stronger for everyone,” Haslam said.

Pilot Pumpers is the single-largest special event fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s annual campaign. Since its inception in 1992, the event has raised more than $1.6 million for United Way.

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About Pilot
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot operates 38 convenience stores in Tennessee.