Pantry, Kay Yow Cancer Fund Announce 'Battle for Kay's Cups'

Battle for Bean Street subcompetition for high school girls' basketball

CARY, N.C. -- The Pantry Inc. has announced the Battle for Kay's Cups, a challenge among Triangle-area high school girls' basketball teams in North Carolina to help the Kay Yow Cancer Fund take the lead in the Battle for Bean Street and win an all-expense paid trip to the 2011 ACC Women's Basketball Championship.

In connection with the girls' basketball Pink Zone games that raise money and awareness for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, Kangaroo Express is encouraging high school students, faculty, staff and their families to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in the Battle for Bean [image-nocss] Street by buying North Carolina State-branded battle cups.

From now until April 1, Triangle-area Kangaroo Express locations offer N.C. State University, University of North Carolina and Duke University-branded Bean Street Coffee cups that can be filled with Bean Street Coffee, hot chocolate or other hot beverages. For every branded cup bought, the respective university scores a point toward its team's total. The university tallying the most points by the end of the competition will be crowned Battle for Bean Street Champions and earn a grand prize donation from Kangaroo Express of $20,000 toward the charity of its choice. N.C. State's winnings will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Battle for Kay's Cups is a subcompetition for Triangle high schools. The girls' basketball team whose school collects the most NC State-branded battle cups between February 1, and February 28 will win an all-expenses paid trip to the 2011 ACC Women's Basketball Championship on March 6 in Greensboro, N.C. The trip includes tickets to the championship game, tickets to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund's pre-game brunch, gasoline for the trip and snacks at a Kangaroo Express pit stop.

Once collected, the students may also compete for the most innovative display of the N.C. State battle cups. The girl's basketball team with the winning display will receive a $150 Kangaroo Express gift card and a $150 Subway gift card, both to be used for gasoline and/or food for the team. The displays will be judged on March 1 by Kangaroo Express staff.

For the beneficiaries of the Battle for Bean Street, N.C. State chose the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, UNC chose UNC Build a Block and Duke selected the Duke Cancer Institute. Each of the three charities involved will receive a minimum $5,000 donation from Kangaroo Express.

The late Kay Yow, former N.C. State University head women's basketball coach, was a past president and founding member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), and a galvanizing voice for the WBCA. Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the WBCA and The V Foundation, is a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

Headquartered in Cary, N.C., The Pantry is the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated c-store chains in the country. As of December 6, 2010, the company operated 1,672 stores in thirteen states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express, its primary operating banner.