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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The 12th annual Convenience Store Open, held Sept. 17, and sponsored by petroleum marketing company CarterEnergy Corp., raised $51,000 for the Kansas City Dream Factory, a volunteer-based, non profit organization dedicated to making dreams come true for children with life-altering illnesses.
CarterEnergy's goal for the 2009 event was to exceed last year's total of $46,000. Of the $51,000 raised, $2,400 came from the company's newest fund-raising efforts -- donation boxes placed in select Kansas City area convenience stores. CarterEnergy markets and distributes transportation fuels within the Midwest and Gulf regions, and provides fleet and commercial fueling services in and around Kansas City.
During the fundraising event, 33 teams of c-store operators and industry partners came together at Olathe's Prairie Highlands golf course for a round of golf, barbecue, silent and live auctions and an awards ceremony, according to CarterEnergy. The company's senior vice president of retail development, Dave Milligan, chairs a Dream Factory committee.
"It is because of people like you that has enabled the Dream Factory to grant more than 5,000 dreams to sick and disabled kids in the Kansas City area during the past 25 years," Dream Factory spokesperson and area television station KMBC news anchor, Larry Moore, said at the event. "On behalf of all the volunteers, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May you always be as generous as you are today."
Other sponsors of the event included ConocoPhillips and Enloe Aluminum.
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