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    CSNews Community Service Awards Entry Deadline Extended

    Get your 2011 Spirit Award entries in by Aug. 26.

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Only a few weeks remain to enter Convenience Store News'2011 Spirit Awards for Community Outreach, an awards program created to recognize the most outstanding community service activities in the convenience industry.

    Now in its third year, one winner will be selected in each of the three chain-size categories -- companies with 1 to 99 c-stores, companies with 100 to 499 c-stores and companies with 500-plus c-stores. A Grand Spirit Award winner will also be selected from among all of entries.

    Entries will be judged on:
    -- The scope of giving;
    -- The personal involvement of company management and company associates;
    -- The degree to which the retailer gets its shoppers to participate;
    -- The innovation and creativity of the programs; and
    -- The good outcomes achieved.

    The entry deadline has been extended to Aug. 26. Winners will be announced in the November 7 issue of CSNews.

    Launched in 2009, the purpose of the Spirit Awards program is to raise the visibility of the convenience store industry as a positive force in America, to encourage increased community involvement by industry retailers, and to reward innovative and hands-on approaches to solving critical social problems.

    The 2010 winners were:
    -- Grand Spirit Award for Community Outreach: Ricker Oil
    -- For companies with one to 99 c-stores: A.C.&T. Co.
    -- For companies with 100-499 c-stores: Kum & Go LC
    -- For companies with 500-plus c-stores: Susser Holdings Corp./Stripes

    For more information and to download an entry form, go to csnews.com/page-spirit_awards_-102.html.

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