Florida National Guard Foundation receives large donation from Kangaroo Express
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2011) – Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw, the Adjutant General of Florida, accepted a check for $159,000 from Kangaroo Express on behalf of the Florida National Guard Foundation at the Florida National Guard headquarters in St. Augustine, Fla., Oct. 14, 2011.
“We run convenience stores and serve a great cup of coffee,” said Dave Henninger, the Vice President of Marketing for Kangaroo Express. “But we don’t stand on a wall to protect the nation; so we want to give back.”
The donation is part of the company’s “Salute Our Troops” fundraising campaign which took place this summer. Kangaroo Express raised $2.5 million, more than double the original goal of $1 million, to support the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and other military support organizations, including the Florida National Guard Foundation.
“An event like this sends a message back that we’re not disconnected from the public,” said Titshaw. “People really do care and they want to do something to demonstrate their support of what our military is going through right now.”
The Florida National Guard Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides support to the men and women of the Florida National Guard in times of emergencies and deployments.
A local Kangaroo Express store, located on A1A South in St. Augustine, is one of the top five fundraising stores of the more than 1,600 stores that participated, raising $11,357. The $159,000 donation is the largest single donation to the foundation by a corporation.
“It’s amazing the power of a group of folks – our associates – when they saw the big idea and the chance to support our troops and give back they just stepped in and inspired us all,” said Henninger.
A portion of the donation will be used to assist in the rehabilitation of Florida National Guard Wounded Warrior, Sgt. 1st Class Steven Holloway.