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Pilot raises $28,026 for Salvation Army through Red Kettle campaign

February 27, 2018

Pilot presented a donation of $28,026 to The Salvation Army of Knoxville for proceeds raised during the annual Red Kettle campaign.

The Salvation Army received the check Tuesday, Feb. 27,  from representatives of Pilot at the Pilot Convenience Store on Rutledge Pike in Knoxville.

Dan Fleming (left), vice president of operations for Pilot, and Robert Jarnagin (right), general manager of the Rutledge Pike Pilot Convenience Store, present a check for $28,026 to Major David Worthy (center), area commander for The Salvation Army, on Feb. 27 at the Pilot Convenience Store on Rutledge Pike in Knoxville. The Rutledge Pike Pilot raised the most funds out of all 38 East Tennessee Pilot Convenience Stores during the holiday season “red kettle” campaign.

“The Salvation Army positively impacts the lives of so many people in our community, and we are thankful to our fantastic and loyal customers who donate to the Red Kettle campaign and support the organization’s mission every year,” said Dan Fleming, vice president of operations for Pilot.

Funds were raised through the sale of paper red kettles, which were sold at Knoxville-area Pilot convenience store locations for $1 during the 2017 holiday season. During this time, Pilot guests also could “round-up” their purchase to the nearest dollar and donate the additional amount to The Salvation Army. Donations are used to assist community members in need.

“The red kettles have become a sign of the holiday season, and the donations help The Salvation Army of Knoxville year-round,” Fleming said. “Pilot is honored to partner with such a worthwhile organization.”

“The Red Kettle campaign allows us to fund programs that serve many families and individuals throughout Knox County by providing food, shelter and emergency assistance,” said Major David Worthy, area commander for The Salvation Army. “We are grateful to Pilot and every customer who bought a red paper kettle or rounded up their purchase.”


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

About Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for over 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to