TEMPE, Ariz., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- During the 22nd Annual St. Halloween Promotion, Western Refining, through its Giant and Howdy Convenience Stores, raised more than $337,000 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.
More than 200 Giant and Howdy's convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona came together in the month-long promotion that asked patrons at checkout to donate $1 to St. Jude. In exchange, costumers were memorialized with personalized Halloween-themed pinups displayed in retail locations.
The four participating states raised between $20, 663 and $202,357 within their borders. New Mexico raised $202,357, Arizona raised $83,349, Texas raised $30,231 and Colorado raised $20,663 for the hospital.
"The kindness of the consumers and dollars add up and support the hospital's groundbreaking research and lifesaving care," said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Our corporate partners were instrumental in helping us raise funds and we can't thank them enough."
As a result of the support from corporate partners and their customers over the past 21 years, the Annual Halloween Promotion has continued to be a success and has raised more than $4 million to help fund the lifesaving research and treatment being done at the hospital.
"Our customers and employees showed a tremendous amount of generosity," said Rocky Sprouse, Vice President of Western Refining Retail. "Each year we look forward to participating in the promotion and doing our part to bring relief to children and their families."
For more information about St. Jude visit stjude.org.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
About Western Refining
Western Refining, Inc. is an independent refining and marketing company headquartered in El Paso, Texas. The refining segment operates refineries in El Paso, and Gallup, New Mexico. The Wholesale segment includes a fleet of crude oil and finished product truck transports, and wholesale petroleum products operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Virginia. The retail segment includes retail service stations and convenience stores in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
Western Refining, Inc. also owns the general partner and approximately 65 percent of the limited partner interest of Western Refining Logistics Partners, LP (NYSE: WNRL) which owns and operates logistics assets related to the terminalling, transportation, and storage of crude oil and refined products.
More information about the Company is available at www.wnr.com.
The Retail group operates approximately 221 convenience stores and gas stations located in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The company markets under the brands of Giant, Mustang, Sundial and Howdy's.
The locations offer a wide array of merchandise, including soft drinks, snacks, beer, wine, liquor, and hot and cold prepared food items. We also offer a variety of prepaid products (gift cards, wireless, debit cards), as well as financial services such as money orders, ATMs, and check cashing.
The fuel offered includes unleaded, mid-grade, premium, and ultra-low sulfur diesel in most locations. All locations offer free compressed air dispenser pumps and public restrooms, and many locations offer RV facilities for the convenience of the traveling public.
SOURCE St. Jude