Food City Customers Raise More Than $125,000 for Mission: ABLE

Food City check presentation_August 2013On August 22, 2013, Food City supermarkets and NASCAR legend Richard Petty presented Paralyzed Veterans of America with a $125,000 check to help disabled veterans rebuild their lives and receive the care, benefits and job services they need and deserve.

Food City customers showed their support for Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Mission: ABLE program by donating funds at the checkout during the campaign, which ran July 7 through August 24. Customers had the option of selecting a $1, $3 or $5 donation at the register to be added to their order total.

All of the profits will remain local and benefit Paralyzed Veterans within the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.

Food City, along with Petty, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola and Paralyzed Veterans member Tim Connors, presented the $125,000 check at the annual Food City Family Race Night in Bristol, Tenn., the kick-off for the weekend’s Irwin Tools 500 night race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 

This is the third year Food City and Petty have teamed up to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America. This year’s campaign brings the total amount raised over the three-year period to more than $300,000.

“Our partnership with Food City is what our Mission: ABLE campaign is all about – enlisting all Americans to help our paralyzed heroes fully live the lives they deserve and receive what they need most: care, benefits and jobs,” said Bill Lawson, national president of Paralyzed Veterans. “Thank you Food City for your outstanding fundraising efforts in support of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s mission to change lives and build brighter futures for all those brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for freedom.”

Learn more about Paralyzed Veterans of America

Brittany Ballenstedt is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in several publications, including Government Executive, National Journal, Technology Daily and  


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