Golfing 'Fore' Good

CEFCO, Rutter's events raise funds for CNM, Easter Seals, Salvation Army, more

TEMPLE, Texas -- CEFCO Convenience Stores announced at its 11th Annual Hackers-R-Us Charity Golf Tournament May 15, 2012, that it has donated a grand total of $475,000 to Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, West Texas A&M, UT Tyler and Central Texas College.

CEFCO presented CMN Hospitals with a donation of $370,000, which is the single largest donation in CEFCO's 13-year association with the organization.

"We are humbled by the magnitude of the money raised this year by our 2,500 associates" said Brett Giesick, chief retail officer of CEFCO Convenience Stores. "These awesome results begin with the passion and commitment of the Fikes family towards giving back to the young people of our communities. But the real heroes are the frontline associates, customers and business partners who work very hard to support these worthy causes."

The day was capped off with donations to C.E. Fikes Endowed Scholarships, which commemorate CEFCO's founder, Clarence Edison Fikes. The scholarships are available to students majoring in accounting, business administration, human resources, business information systems, marketing, and management. $50,000 donations were presented both to West Texas A&M and UT Tyler, while $5,000 was donated to Central Texas College.

"James and Kim Fikes and our entire leadership team are honored to be able to give back to the communities we service," said Raymond Smith, COO of Fikes Wholesale Inc. "The C.E. Fikes Endowed Scholarships allow us to provide financial support to worthy students in our local markets. We thank our vendor partners and volunteers for their heartfelt efforts in making this annual event better every single year"

James Fikes, owner of Fikes Wholesale, said, "We want to thank everyone for their support this year. We have experienced tremendous growth over the past nine months, and we thank our newest family members of the Food Fast and Taylor Stores who have supported our charitable causes alongside our CEFCO stores. Kim and I cannot fully express our thanks to everyone who played a part in this year's record breaking results."

Temple, Texas-based CEFCO operates 253 stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. 

[Pictured (left to right): Jennifer Williams, development coordinator, Children's Hospital Scott and White; James Fikes, CEO; Kim Fikes, CAO; Lesli Cearley, director of development, Children's Hospital; Noah Howard, CMNH special attendant; Raymond Smith, COO, Fikes Wholesale; and Brett Giesick, CRO, CEFCO.]

In other golf news, York, Pa.-based Rutter's raised a record-setting $110,000 for local charities at the 10th annual Rutter's Children's Charity golf outing on May 7 and 8 at the Out Door Country Club in York, Pa.

The two primary beneficiaries of this year's donations will be the Easter Seals of Central Pennsylvania and the Salvation Army. The Easter Seals will use Rutter's donation to purchase a specialty equipment van to transport children with physical disabilities and developmental delays. The Salvation Army will remodel the York-area Children's Learning Center, which is a part of the after-school program. The center's upgrades will include new computers, software, books, teaching aids, desks and chairs.

"We look forward to this outing every year, and it's great to see the impact these donations have made on our communities over the last ten years," said Rutter's CEO, Scott Hartman.

Rutter's operates 57 Rutter's Farm Stores throughout Central Pennsylvania.