More than 5,000 bottles of water were provided by QuickChek Corp. to participants in the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon & Half Marathon to Support Our Veterans.
The fresh convenience market chain is a Silver Star sponsor of the Sept. 13 race benefiting veterans living in Suffolk County.
“We’re pleased to support our service members and their families who give so much of themselves,” said QuickChek CEO Dean Durling, whose family-owned company recently raised $132,000 to support military families through an in-store promotion and a charity golf outing.
“Our commitment to total customer dedication goes beyond our stores,” added Durling. “As the neighborhood shopping destination close to where our customers live and work, we look to be active members of the communities we serve. We believe in helping those in need by giving back where we can.”
QuickChek team members from its store in Lake Grove as well as its corporate headquarters handed out bottled water to the finishers of the marathon and half marathon, which began at Heckscher State Park and continued through Suffolk’s downtown, parks and waterfronts.
The company also participated in the post-race Taste of Long Island Festival featuring live musical entertainment, local food and produce.
Net proceeds from the events will be used to support and expand veterans’ services in the county.
Founded in 1967, QuickChek enjoys a long history of giving back to the neighborhoods and communities it serves, raising millions of dollars to support a variety of causes benefiting children, families and military veterans through its 140 stores across Long Island, the Hudson Valley and New Jersey.
Local community support includes the Long Island Cares food bank to help feed thousands of hungry area families in need; contributions to the Suffolk County Police Athletic League, Island Slow Pitch, Brookhaven Fast Pitch, Suffolk County Baseball and L.G. Cares. QuickChek also donated 25 cents for every sub, sandwich and wrap sold to the Middle Country Youth Association baseball league during the first 30 days of the company’s opening its Lake Grove store.