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ALTOONA, Pa. -- Sheetz, Inc. yesterday announced a $30,000 donation to help keep open two community swimming pools in its hometown of Altoona, Pa.
The money will be divided to fund Prospect Pool and Memorial Pool beginning this summer season. For the past several years, both pools have been in danger of closing permanently due to a lack of funding for much-needed repairs.
"These two pools have been landmarks in our community for decades. Generations of families and children spent their summers there and we'd like that tradition to continue," said Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz. "Our family grew up here and enjoyed going to Prospect and Memorial. It's nice to give kids something safe and positive to do in the summer months. We're glad to be able to help."
The chain has made it a priority to give back to the communities where it does business -- particularly to help organizations and activities that benefit kids. Youth sports and development programs have special meaning to the Sheetz family.
"When my father, Bob Sheetz, founded the company, he made a point to donate money and time to youth sports teams and other youth activities because he credits a lot of his success in life to his involvement in these things as a child," Sheetz added. "So making an effort to keep these pools open falls in line with our desire to support kids in the community."
Sheetz is involved with more than 300 little league teams, elementary and high school sports, marching bands, and collegiate-level activities. Support extends further into communities with donations to educational activities and youth mentoring programs. Sheetz also has been a proud supporter of Special Olympics of Pennsylvania for more than 15 years, donating over $1.5 million to athlete competition and lunches since 1991.
Since its creation in 1992, the Sheetz Family Christmas charity has raised $4.3 million to take more than 32,000 needy children shopping during the holidays. Nearly 4,000 Sheetz employees and volunteers from every Sheetz operating area participate in the shopping days and Christmas parties for all of the kids across a six-state footprint.
Sheetz is one of America's fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $3.8 billion in revenue for 2006 and more than 11,000 employees. The company operates 329 convenience locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.