Pilot Pumpers raises $93K for United Way

This week's "Pilot Celebrity Pumpers" event to help United Way of Greater Knoxville raised $93,350, figures Friday show.

Public officials, sports figures and local celebrities appeared at area Pilot convenience stores, pumping gasoline for Pilot customers. Among those who took part were WBIR anchors John Becker and Mary Scott and reporter Leslie Ackerson.

This was the 24th year -- and a record one -- for the event. The previous fundraising record was set last year - $90,400.

A portion of gas and merchandise purchases at the stations are going to help United Way in its annual fundraiser. United Way's goal this year is $13.35 million.

The "Pumpers" event is Pilot's single biggest special event fundraiser. Over the course of the 24 years, more than $1.2 million has been raised for United Way of Greater Knoxville, according to a Friday news release.

Pilot is based in Knoxville and operates dozens of stores across the United States, including 39 in Tennessee.


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