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    Sheetz Supports Local Communities

    The chain sponsored a state football championship and donated $100 worth of gas to a local family through ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

    ALTOONA, Pa. -- Over the weekend, the more than 340-unit convenience chain Sheetz Inc. supported youth sports through its sponsorship of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Inc.'s (PIAA) state football championship.

    The event, held Friday and Saturday at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, Pa., saw teams from across the state in divisions A, AA, AAA and AAAA, join to complete in the championship.

    "We are really pumped up about supporting such a big event," Louie Sheetz, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Sheetz, said in a statement. "We have always been a company devoted to the communities where our employees and customers live and work."

    He added: "Our founder, Bob Sheetz, credits much of his success in life to his involvement in youth sports as a child. So, we are always looking for ways to support youth sports. We are thrilled to be part of the PIAA state football championship games this weekend."

    Also at the event was the Sheetz Hummer, which was located inside the stadium. There, fans had a chance to spin a prize wheel to win items including key chains, coupons, Z-cards and T-shirts. Fans also could register for a chance to win an iPod touch at each of the four games over the weekend, according to the company.

    In addition to its sponsorship of the PIAA state championships, Sheetz supports many other youth sports and development programs across its six state operating area, the company stated.

    In other Sheetz news, the company donated $1,000 in Sheetz gas to the Lucas family from Cullen, Va., who were featured on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

    Michael Lucas, his wife, Jean, and their two sons were presented with a completely furnished new home, built specifically for them. After the unveiling of the home, representatives from Sheetz were on hand to award the family with gift cards for the purchase of $1,000 worth of gasoline at any Sheetz convenience store.

    "This is one of the coolest things we have been asked to be involved with in a long time," Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz, said in a statement. "We were excited when the producers of 'Extreme Makeover' contacted us about the opportunity to support the show and a deserving local family. We are also proud that our Farmville store manager, Kevin Boyd, volunteered to lend a hand with cleaning and painting at the Lucases' new home."

    Michael Lucas, who is currently serving oversees in the National Guard in Iraq, bought land to build a home for his family before being deployed. His wife was then left to care for their two sons, one of whom was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

    "Sheetz is a company that has always stood for family," said Sheetz. "The entire Farmville, Va., community pulled together to help the Lucas family fulfill their dreams and we are so proud to be a part of this effort."

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