TEMPE, Ariz., Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Refining (NYSE: WNR), through its Giant and Howdy's retail stores, raised a total of $847,811 in 2015 benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Giant and Howdy's stores retail stores raised $668,811 during the 16th annual St. Jude Halloween Promotion in October and $179,000 in their April Golf Tournament. All of the funds raised will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
During the month-long Halloween promotion, participating restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and retail locations nationwide asked patrons to donate $1 or more to support the hospital's lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. In exchange, consumers received a Halloween-themed pinup that was displayed at Giant retail store locations.
This is the 16th year Western's Giant / Howdy's retail stores have participated in the annual Halloween promotion, raising more than $2 million for St. Jude. Since the campaign began, the Halloween promotion has generated more than $83 million for St. Jude.
"I am so proud of our employees, and so thankful for the generous customers who allowed us to raise over $800,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," said R.C. Sprouse, Vice President – Retail. "An amazing feat, considering our original target was $500,000, and a tremendous effort by the employees who take this challenge personally, and exceed our target year after year."
Unlike any hospital, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from individual contributors who participate in programs like the St. Jude Halloween Promotion. Thanks to these supporters, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
To learn more about the St. Jude Halloween Promotion, visit stjude.org/halloween.
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 retail segment includes retail service stations, convenience stores, and unmanned fleet fueling locations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
Western Refining, Inc. also owns the general partner and approximately 66% of the limited partnership interest in Western Refining Logistics, LP (NYSE: WNRL) and the general partner and approximately 38% of the limited partnership interest in Northern Tier Energy LP (NYSE: NTI).
More information about Western Refining is available at www.wnr.com.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. St. Jude has the world's best survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).
SOURCE St. Jude Children's Research Hospital