Enmark Supports Light the Night Walk

Raises more than $76,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Enmark Station (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Gas Stations)

Dana Whitfield (left), Houstoun Demere

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- During May, Enmark Stations Inc. raised $76,097 by selling paper balloon icons in all 59 of its retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, and holding two "Full-Service Fridays" in Savannah, Ga. It donated those funds to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2014 Light The Night Walk.

The company exceeded its aggressive goal to raise $75,000 in support of LLS's mission to cure blood cancer and help patients and their families. This is a $10,000 increase over the $65,000 it raised in 2013.

Customers could purchase the paper balloon icons for $1, displayed on surfaces inside the Enmark stations. In addition to the paper icons sales, Enmark held two Full-Service Fridays on May 9 and May 23 at popular Savannah stations. It invited customers to pull into the Enmark Store, where members of the Enmark management team pumped gas, wiped windows and handed out coupons for car washes for donations.

Houstoun Demere, vice president and general manager of Enmark, having lost his mother to leukemia at an early age, felt an obligation to help this nonprofit organization.

"Thanks to our generous customers, our company was able to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's efforts to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for the patients and their families," he said. "I am so proud that we were able to reach our donation goal, and I cannot thank our customers enough. I hope we will continue this tradition in the coming years."

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recently honored Enmark with its National Partner Award for outstanding fundraising support in the 2013 Light The Night Walk campaign, when Enmark raised $65,648.

Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations is a family-run business that operates 59 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.