Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

June 29, 2013

Country Mark patrons are 'Fueling Freedom'

By Amanda Browning Greensburg Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG-- Members of the Shelbyville National Guard stopped by the Country Mark on Lincoln Street Friday for a program called “Fueling Freedom.”

National Guard members pumped gas and washed windows for patrons at Country Mark. In return, 50 cents of every gallon of fuel pumped was given to the Shelbyville National Guard for the Family Awareness program, according to one Country Mark employee.

The event lasted from noon to 5 p.m. and had multiple treats for visitors. In addition to not pumping one’s own gas (or washing windows), Country Mark provided free hot dogs, chips, snacks and drinks. National Guard members even fetched hot dogs for those who didn’t wish to leave their vehicles.

In addition to the full service and free food, Country Mark was also giving away multiple door prizes. Among the treats were ten $10 gas cards, ten $20 gas cards, two $25 gas cards, cups, hats and one $150 prepaid visa card. WTRE was on site and had Holiday World tickets to giveaway as well.

By 1:30 p.m., more than 1,000 gallons of fuel had already been purchased and the number was expected to continue growing steadily until 5 p.m. at the event’s closure. Country Mark management said they became involved in the “Fueling Freedom” program last year with the grand opening of its Lincoln Street location, but they plan to continue the tradition for years to come. Last year, over 4,000 gallons of fuel were pumped and both stations are expected to participate in the program next year.

Country Mark employees said they believe in supporting our troops and our country. In addition to participating in the program to benefit the Shelbyville National Guard, Country Mark fuel is made from 100 percent American crude oil. The oil is both pumped and refined in the Midwest.

Local company Excel Lawn & Landscape showed up to support the troops as well. Excel employees brought two trucks and six lawnmowers to fill, as well as numerous gas cans. “We waited all week to fill up here today,” said Jim Wall, partial owner of the company. “We came out to support our troops. I expect we’ll get around $300 worth today.”

There was a steady flow of traffic through the pumps at Country Mark early Friday afternoon, with many more expected throughout the day. Sgt. Erin Johns thanked everyone who came out on the behalf of the 38th Combat Aviation Brigade. All National Guard members could be seen with friendly smiles and were ready to serve the residents of Greenburg, in more ways than one.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7056