In addition to financial support, Beck Suppliers finds unique ways to support its communities.
Beck Suppliers and FriendShip stores have combined to donate over $400,000 to charities and the many communities that the company serves over the past five years.
The leading recipient of the company’s giving has been the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). FriendShip runs an annual poker run in conjunction with a paper tennis shoe fundraiser at its retail stores. Last year a total of $32,000 was raised for JDRF, bringing the total raised, since the first poker run eight years ago, to $225,000.
“JDRF is a great organization focused on improving lives and curing Type 1 diabetes,” said Kevin Campbell, director of marketing and organizer of the event.
Based near the Lake Erie shores, in Fremont, Ohio, the company has always been an ardent supporter of charities, schools, youth sports and community organizations.
“We never forget that the success of our business is due to the great communities that support us. Whether it’s buying some FriendShip Famous Chicken, a monthly car wash membership, or propane from Beck Supplier’s to heat their homes, we cherish the great relationships we have built with communities throughout Ohio,” stated Brian Beck, senior vice president of FriendShip.
In addition to providing financial support to hundreds of organizations each year, Beck Supplier’s has found some unique ways to give back. “We donated land to create FriendShip park in Port Clinton, Ohio,” added Senior Vice President of Wholesale Fuels, Dean Beck, “and enjoy the personal touch of the Make a Wish Foundation where this year we sent a family of six from Sandusky, Ohio to the Mall of America.”