'Pilot Celebrity Pumpers' raises nearly $65,000 for United Way

1:54 PM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
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"Pilot Celebrity Pumpers" raised nearly $65,000 for the United Way of Greater Knoxville during a three-day fundraiser.

Since the fundraiser started ten years ago, "Pilot Celebrity Pumpers" has raised over a million dollars for the non-profit. It continues to be the charity's largest special-event fundraiser. Pilot donated five cents for every gallon of gasoline sold and 10 percent of all in-store sales went to the United Way during this three-day event.

The event was held at all Knox County Pilot Convenience Store locations on Monday through Wednesday Oct. 1-3.

Pilot Founder and Chairman of the Board Jim Haslam said the fundraiser was a great way to unite the community.

"This event is a great way for the hole community to get involved in helping support United Way,"said Haslam. "We appreciate our many customers who stopped by the stores and made this donation possible. And we applaud our celebrity pumpers who took time out of their busy schedules to support this worthy cause."

Seventy-three local officials, celebrities and media personalities pumped gas and welcomed customers to help raise money for the non-profit. Familiar faces from WBIR served as celebrity pumpers: Robin Wilhoit, John Becker, Beth Haynes, Russell Biven, Todd Howell, Abby Ham, Kris Budden, Moira Kaye, Hillary Lake, Brittany Bailey and Steve Butera.

Other celebrity pumpers, like Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogeo, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Lady Vol Head Coach Holly Warlick and Olympic Gold Medalist Davis Tarwater also participated this year.

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