VPS Hosting Annual Auction, Golf Tourney

Retailer has contributed more than $1 million to date to benefit Cape Fear Boy Scouts

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- VPS Convenience Store Group, operator of the Scotchman Convenience Stores, will host its 28th Annual Summer Swing Golf Tournament & Auction to benefit the Boy Scouts of America, Cape Fear Council on June 7-8, 2011.

The dinner and auction will be held at the Holiday Inn Resort at Wrightsville Beach on the evening of June 7, and the golf tournament will take place at Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation in Leland the following morning.

To date, VPS has contributed more than $1 million to the Cape Fear Council Scouting program, which covers an eight-county [image-nocss] area of southeastern North Carolina. All money raised from the event goes directly to the Boy Scouts to provide financial assistance for any scout who needs help to participate in activities or attend summer camp. It also supports the Council's "Scoutreach" program to inner-city and rural areas of southeastern North Carolina.

This annual golf tournament has become the largest fundraising event in the history of the Cape Fear Council Boy Scout program. It has achieved national acclaim by the Boy Scout organization and has become a model for other Boy Scout groups throughout the southern United States. Last year, more than 200 golfers participated.

The chairman of the golf tournament this year is Rich Mione, senior director of merchandising for VPS. Jeff Turpin, the company's chairman and CEO, serves on the executive board of the Cape Fear Council, Boy Scouts of America.

VPS, headquartered in Wilmington, N.C., operates under six brand names including Scotchman, Village Pantry, Lil Cricket, Young's, Next Door Stores and Everyday Shops. VPS offers fuel brands such as Exxon, Mobil, BP, Shell, Valero, Marathon and its own proprietary brand, Carolina Petro. The group has more than 3,200 employees.

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