Piedmont Petroleum Donates $18,000 to Safe Harbor

January 13, 2016

Piedmont Petroleum Corp., owner of 36 CITGO Corner Mart convenience stores, recently completed a fundraising campaign to support Safe Harbor, a domestic violence agency serving Greenville, Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties in South Carolina.

 

The partnership between Piedmont Petroleum and Safe Harbor began after Kenneth Cosgrove, the Vice President of Piedmont Petroleum Corp., toured a Safe Harbor shelter during his time with Leadership Greenville. Mr. Cosgrove said “I’m thankful for LG for introducing me to Safe Harbor. Greenville’s statistics on domestic violence are not acceptable. They must improve and I’m very thankful that we were able to help in a small way. Many of our team members and our wonderful customers were very passionate about this campaign. I am thrilled with the results of their hard work.”

From November through the end of December 2015, each of Piedmont Petroleum’s 36 Corner Mart convenience stores sold paper butterflies and collected donations for Safe Harbor. The campaign gained momentum very quickly, thanks to the tremendous efforts of the store management team, and was a huge success. On Tuesday, January 11th, the team at Piedmont Petroleum presented a check for just over $18,000.00 to Amanda Manly, Director of Development and Communications at Safe Harbor. “We were blown away by the generosity of everyone at Piedmont Petroleum,” said Ms. Manly. “I had the chance to speak to the entire group of over 36 managers at the campaign kickoff, and was so impressed by their energy and enthusiasm to help further Safe Harbor’s mission.”

In addition to the in-store campaign, CITGO is making an additional donation up to $5,000 through a special promotion using the new Club CITGO app. Each time a customer visits a Corner Mart location and open their app to redeem the Safe Harbor “deal”, $5.00 will be donated to Safe Harbor. This special promotion runs through the end of March. So far, nearly $2,500 has been raised through the Club CITGO app.

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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