Indianapolis, IN – Next Friday, January 25, Pops the Clown (the official fundraising and philanthropic spokesperson for Ricker’s) will visit two local Ricker’s stores to celebrate the success of The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign and to kick off a new fundraising initiative for The Food Link.
For The Salvation Army’s 122nd Red Kettle Campaign, Ricker’s 50 stores raised $27,500. Because of the match made by Ricker’s, this year’s campaign collected more than double the funds last year and the largest amount ever raised by Ricker’s for The Salvation Army.
“Our stores did an extraordinary job of collecting donations for The Red Kettle Campaign this year, and we wanted to offer even more to this community effort by matching that amount,” said Ricker’s Founder and Chairman Jay Ricker.
To commemorate the success of this year’s campaign, Pops the Clown will thank customers with free RickerPops and a drawing for four $25 gas cards at the Westfield Ricker’s store (151st and U.S. 31) from 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Friday. Pops will also present The Salvation Army with a check for $27,500.
“Pops is the spokesperson for Ricker’s charitable efforts, and customers always enjoy his visits to local stores, especially when they discover he’s me, the owner,” said Ricker.
Friday morning, Pops will also make a stop at the North Keystone store from 10:30am to 12:30pm to sign autographs, congratulate Ricker’s employees and host a drawing for another four $25 gas cards. While there, Pops will kick off a fundraiser for The Food Link, an Indianapolis-based hunger relief charity.
“We’re thrilled to hit the ground running with another exciting in-store fundraising initiative with The Food Link, a great organization feeding people right here in Indianapolis,” Ricker said.
Customers can visit designated Ricker’s locations to make a donation to The Food Link.
In addition to his visits to thank Ricker’s customers, Pops will also surprise shoppers at The Salvation Army Family Store on East Washington Street on Wednesday, January 30, with free RickerPops and one $25 gas card from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Pops will also pay for one lucky shopper’s entire cart.
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Ricker Oil Company, Inc. was founded in 1979 by Jay and Nancy Ricker in Middletown, Indiana. Ten years later, they purchased the company’s first convenience store. Since its inception, Ricker’s has grown to include 50 high-end convenience stores, which employ more than 600 Hoosiers. Headquartered in Anderson, Indiana, Ricker’s prides itself on clean stores, a friendly environment and staff, and its famous “Ricker Pop” fountain drinks.
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide.
The Food Link is a not-for-profit, non-denominational organization committed to providing hunger relief to those in need in the city of Indianapolis. With the support of generous donations, partnerships with inner-city churches, and hours of volunteers’ time The Food Link has been reaching out to those who desperately need help for 30 years.