Rutter’s Customers ‘Vote With Their Dollars’ for Charities

Adams County SPCA Check Presentation including Shelter Manager Abigail Avery, Kris Brown and Andrew Pearl from Rutter's, SPCA staff and animals.

Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the Adams County SPCA to receive proceeds from the Rutter’s 2018 ‘Vote With Your Dollars’ Program.

Rutter’s Corp. once again let customers weigh in on which charities the chain should support during its 2018 ‘Vote With Your Dollars’ Program.

Rutter’s VIP customers, through their votes, have chosen Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the Adams County SPCA as their 2018 winners.

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The Vote With Your Dollars program allows Rutter’s VIP customers to choose which local charity they will support through their purchases at any Rutter’s location.

During the program time period every dollar an individual spends using their VIP account, at the pump or inside the store, counts as a vote for the charity they have selected.

“The program is designed to only fund a single winning project, but this year the response by our customers was overwhelming so we responded in kind,” stated Scott Hartman, Rutter’s CEO. “For 2018 we are funding the projects of the top two winning charities. I look forward to seeing what the 2019 program will bring.”

The top winner in the program for 2018 is the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania & West Virginia. They will be using their $25,000 donation to support their organizational mission.

Ann Waltman Regional Director of the local Make-A-Wish Chapter gave the following statement regarding the non-profit’s use of the donated funds “Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We will use the funds to fulfill at least five children’s wishes in York, Adams or Franklin County.”

The runner-up, the Adams County SPCA, will be using their $15,000 donation to educate local youth on their mission. “Kids love to volunteer here with the animals. Every year we have kids that give up their birthday gifts and ask for donations for the animals instead. I’d like to give the kids something back as a keepsake so they know what they did. We are looking to buy a van to go out in the community more to meet with kids. Most kids don’t have someone that will drive them here so we need to go to them,” said Shelter Manager Abigail Avery. “The kids are our future and they need to understand the importance of taking care of your pets.”

Applications for the 2019 Vote With Your Dollars Program are currently being accepted. To apply, interested charities can complete the online application form with the appropriate documentation. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2019. The Rutter’s Charitable Committee will select the participating organizations from the total group of applicants. The organizations selected will have from April 1, 2019 thru Oct.31, 2019 to collect the most votes to win funding.