KNOXVILLE, TN – Push-ups for Pennies, a fundraiser sponsored by Pilot Flying J, has raised more than $15,000 for Knoxville Challenger Sports, an organization that provides sports opportunities for children and young adults with special needs. Team members participated in the first annual Push-ups for Pennies event by securing monetary pledges for each push-up they could complete during a week-long span in November. Pilot Flying J also sold T-shirts as part of the fundraiser, which the company plans to host annually each November.
“We launched Push-ups for Pennies to show support for an organization that gives back to our community beyond measure,” said Josh Perrin, director of Operations Support for Pilot Flying J. “Knoxville Challenger Sports makes a tremendous impact in the lives of people with special needs by helping them come together and enjoy fun sports activities, and our team was proud to push our abilities to the limit to raise funds for them.”
Knoxville Challenger Sports provides participants opportunities in baseball, basketball, golf, swimming and bowling. In addition to the monetary donation, Pilot Flying J provided sports equipment to the organization.
Nic Arning of Knoxville Challenger Sports (center) and Pilot Flying J team members celebrate the donation of more than $15,000, along with new athletic equipment, with participants of Knoxville Challenger Sports and their families at Pilot Flying J headquarters on Nov. 17, 2017. The money was raised through Pilot Flying J’s “Push-ups for Pennies” program. Photo submitted.
Approximately 80 elected officials and media personalities will help Pilot support the United Way of Greater Knoxville during the 23rd annual Pilot Celebrity Pumpers event Oct. 5-7, 2015.
During the three-day event, Pilot will donate five cents of every gallon of gasoline sold and 10 percent of in-store sales at all Knox County locations to the United Way of Greater Knoxville.
“We appreciate our customers’ dedication and their support of this event and the United Way for the past 23 years,” said Jim Haslam, Pilot founder. “Our community is fortunate to have local celebrities willing to donate their time on behalf of the United Way and its partner agencies that do great work year-round to help those in need.”
Pilot Celebrity Pumpers is the single-largest special event fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Knoxville’s annual campaign. The 2014 event tallied a record $89,400, and since its inception, the event has raised more than $1 million for United Way.
Celebrity pumpers this year include Pilot Flying J NASCAR driver Michael Annett, University of Tennessee Athletics Director Dave Hart, University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Coach Holly Warlick and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, along with a host of other state and local officials and local television and radio personalities.
Scott Miller and The Commonwealth will perform on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre for the 2015 Bijou Jubilee.
Presented by Pilot/Flying J and supported by Ole Smoky Moonshine, the annual fundraiser takes place Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 30 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.
The Bijou is hosting an exclusive VIP Pre-Show Party again this year. With the $100 VIP ticket, guests will enjoy an exclusive acoustic performance by Scott Miller and Mic Harrison plus food and drink from Holly’s Eventful Dining, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Ashe’s Wine & Spirits, and Bearden Beer Market.
An auction featuring artist-signed instruments and framed posters will also be held during the event.
Proceeds from the event will help preserve Knoxville’s historic Bijou Theatre, located at 803 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.
KNOXVILLE – Pilot Flying J has announced that Sandia Park, New Mexico, resident and professional driver Kyle Cones is the 2014 Road Warrior winner. As the winner, Cones, a U.S. Army veteran and driver for Pride Transport, will receive a $10,000 check from Pilot Flying J.
After months of honoring professional drivers by accepting nominations and telling their stories on the Road Warrior website and social media, public voting took place Nov. 1-30. After receiving the most online votes, Cones won the 2014 Road Warrior inaugural campaign.
“I can’t believe it,” Cones said. “I’m shocked and humbled to receive this honor. I am proud to serve alongside so many great drivers and to be part of an industry with a true sense of camaraderie and respect among us – which is one of the many reasons that professional driving was such a perfect fit for me after serving in the Army.”
Cones was nominated by his wife, Brittney, and received support and votes from colleagues, family and friends. After Cones was injured in Afghanistan, his job choices were limited, until he realized that driving a truck was the perfect lifestyle and career opportunity for him. Cones has been recognized for his commitment to safety, as well as to his fellow drivers, family and country. The Road Warrior program was launched by Pilot Flying J earlier this year to recognize professional drivers.
The U.S. economy depends on professional drivers to deliver more than 65 percent of all freight transported annually.
Pilot Flying J 2014 Road Warrior Winner Kyle Cones with his wife, Brittney Cones, and their dog, Daisy. Photo submitted.