VERC Employee Throwing Out Ceremonial First Pitch

Will have seat of honor at September 15 Red Sox game

John Burgess

DUXBURY, Mass. -- John Burgess, a 19-year employee with VERC Enterprises, a leading convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with 24 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has been selected to throw out the first pitch at the September 15 Red Sox game at Boston's Fenway Park against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Burgess, one of 40 disabled/challenged VERC employees, was selected for the honor by Nestle Waters based on his 19 years of excellent service with VERC Enterprises in addition to his love for the hometown team.

Burgess, whose favorite Sox player is David Ortiz, will have a seat of honor at the game, along with his girlfriend, father and Richard Cleary, manager of the VERC Pembroke Mobil location where Burgess works stocking the store's coolers and shelves and providing general maintenance.

VERC Enterprises has long worked as a team to bring the disabled/challenged population to its current 20% level. In addition to local applicants who may apply for work independently, VERC Enterprises has developed a strong network of resources that includes Minuteman ARC, Plymouth ARC, Best Buddies, BAMSI, Eastern Middlesex ARC, Post Program of Duxbury, Road to Responsibility and others.

"We're absolutely thrilled that John will have a chance to throw the fist pitch at what should be a great game," said Leo Vercollone, president of VERC Enterprises, "John is a valued employee who always comes to work with a smile on his face--I have a feeling that smile will be bigger than ever following Wednesday's Red Sox game."

Duxbury, Mass.-based VERC Enterprises is the region's leading, independent chain of convenience stores and gasoline stations, with locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The firm has more than 200 employees and is a leader on hiring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.