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NOCO Express Stores raise more than $11,400 for Hospice Foundation of WNY

TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- NOCO Express Stores, its customers and employees recently joined forces to support Hospice Foundation of Western New York. Throughout the entire month of June, the retailer sold paper sunflowers for $1 each at all of NOCO Express' 35 locations to benefit Hospice for a total donation of $11,410.

"NOCO is proud of our 80-year tradition of giving back to the Western New York community," said Michael Newman, executive vice president of NOCO. "Thank you to our customers and employees who donated generously to support Hospice Foundation of WNY and the services they provide to individuals and their families in our local communities."

In 2012, NOCO raised $4,770 for Hospice during a two-week campaign at its Express stores.

"The Hospice Foundation is proud to be affiliated with NOCO on our annual Sunflower Days promotion," said Katie Whiting, special events manager, Hospice Foundation of WNY. "Thank you NOCO for your dedicated support of Hospice care in our community and helping us to continue to care for those who need us most."

She added, "Hospice Buffalo, our community's only hospice program, is dedicated to caring and supporting all people facing their end of life journey. Hospice is a passionate, dynamic and diverse team of professionals who believe that treating human beings holistically, in whatever setting they choose, is the best approach to care."

Celebrating 80 years of serving the Western New York community in 2013, family owned and locally operated NOCO is based in Tonawanda, N.Y. NOCO is committed to meeting the energy needs of its residential and commercial customers at home, at work, and on the go. NOCO offers a full line of products and services including natural gas, electricity, propane, heating oil, HVAC sales and service, commercial fuels and industrial lubricants. The company also operates 35 NOCO Express convenience stores throughout the region.