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CARY, N.C. -- The Pantry Inc. will have NASCAR legend Richard Petty at a Kangaroo Express store in Thomasville, N.C. to support a joint fundraiser from Kangaroo Express and Coca-Cola on behalf of Victory Junction, a year-round camping environment for children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses, the company reported.
"The 2011 Kangaroo Express and Coca-Cola fundraiser has already exceeded the total funds raised in last year’s campaign, and we are proud to host Richard Petty as we continue to help raise awareness and funds to send children in our community to Victory Junction camps," said John Fisher, senior vice president of marketing for The Pantry.
The event will take place Wednesday, April 27, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Kangaroo Express store located at 1115 Randolph Street in Thomasville, N.C. Petty will autograph Victory Junction donation thank you cards and pose for pictures with fans and the Coca-Cola NASCAR show car, according to the company.
Kangaroo Express and Coca-Cola are partnering for the third consecutive year in a five-week fundraiser across more than 700 Kangaroo Express stores to send children to Victory Junction camps. With any $1 donation to Victory Junction at Kangaroo Express stores across N.C., S.C. and Va., fans will receive an official Victory Junction thank you card and a $0.50 discount coupon on 20- or 24-ounce Coca-Cola products.
Victory Junction was founded in 2004 by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their late son Adam. The camp relies solely on donations from individuals and corporations like Kangaroo Express to give children a once-in-a-lifetime camping experience. It costs $2,500 to send one child to camp for a week at camp at no cost to their families.
All funds raised during this campaign will enable Kangaroo Express and Coca-Cola to sponsor children during two weeks of summer camp. On May 29, Kangaroo Express will present a check to Victory Junction at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.