2012 News Archive


KenJo Markets Presents BP Fueling Communities Donation of $10,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Blount County



MARYVILLE, Tenn. (October 9, 2012) ― KenJo Markets, a BP Branded Marketer servicing BP stations throughout East Tennessee,  will be presenting a BP Fueling Communities donation of $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Blount County,  which will be used to purchase a bus as well as fix current buses provided by the Club. The check presentation will take place at the new Boys & Girls Club of Blount County facility located at 520 S. Washington St, Maryville at 4:00 pm on Wednesday October 10, 2012.

Currently the Club provides free transportation during the school year to the Club from Rockford Elementary; Alcoa Elementary, Middle, and High; Eagleton Elementary and Middle; John Sevier Elementary; Sam Houston Elementary; Foothills Elementary; and Montgomery Ridge Intermediate Schools. With the addition of another bus, the Club plans to expand services to another six school locations.

“Being able to offer this free transportation service is vital to our mission,” said Jeff Money, Executive Director Boys & Girls Club Blount County, Fort Craig Facility. “The generous BP Fueling Communities donation from KenJo Markets is giving us the opportunity to reach more kids and further deepen our impact on the youth in our community.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Blount County recently consolidated the Eagleton and Parkside Clubs into one Club located at the former Fort Craig Elementary School.  The new location will now allow the Club to serve even more young people in Blount County.  “The Boys & Girls Club is a tremendous organization and provides a great service to the youth of Blount County” said Wes Carruthers, President of KenJo Markets.  “We found out they needed another bus and are extremely excited to be able to help out with that need.”

Boys & Girls Clubs are open during hours when kids most need a place to go after school and all day during the summer.  The Club provides a safe, positive environment for young people, along with fun, supportive relationships, opportunities and expectations they may not receive otherwise, and recognition.  The programs offered increase academic success, encourage healthy lifestyles and encourage good character and citizenship among youth. 

About The Boys & Girls Club of Blount County
The Boys & Girls Club of Blount County, a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (BGCTNV), began providing services to children in 1958.  Boys & Girls Clubs believe that each young person we serve has limitless potential that we must discover, ignite and foster.  The organization currently serves 5,000 of our area youth, ages 5 to 17 years, throughout the Tennessee Valley region. The organization also provides 338,000 USDA hot meals and snacks annually for members free of charge. The Clubs see as many as 1,120 youth walk through the doors on any given day in the 14 locations in Knox, Blount, Loudon and Northern Anderson Counties. The organization employs more than 280 trained, professional, caring staff and welcomes more than 1,200 volunteers annually.  

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KenJo Markets Raises $42,000 for East Tennesee Kidney Foundation

The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation is the recipient of a $42,000 donation, thanks to benefit coupon books purchased by KenJo Markets customers.  The funds will be used to enhance the lives of East Tennesseans with, at risk for or affected by Kidney disease.

"We are Very appreciative of our customers and employees who helped raise the money through the KenJo coupon book campaign," said Charles W. "Wes" Carruthers Jr., Vice President of Downey Oil Company / KenJo Markets.  'The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation is a fantastic organization and the money stays right here in the region to help patients with kidney disease".

"The support of KenJo Markets has been instrumental in the growth of the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation," said Sarah Burton, board President for the ETKF.  "On behalf of the board of directors, we sincerely appreciate this donation and the support of Wes Carruthers to further our mission of providing patient services and transportation to dialysis patients."

About the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation

The East Tennessee Kidney Foundation is a local charitable 501c(3) organization completely run by volunteers and the contributions of our community.  The organization provides patient services and support to East Tennesseans affected by kidney disease and also information and education on the prevention of kidney disease.  For more information and to donate, visit  http://www.etkf.net . 


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KenJo Markets Charity Golf Tournament

The KenJo Markets 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be May 8th, 2012 at Royal Oaks Golf Club.  We expect 54 teams and we will have 2 Flight; one at 7:30a and 1:00pm.  Breakfast , Lunch and snacks will be provided.

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