Category Archives: Charitable Giving

Rutter’s Pledges to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Rutter’s plans to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey by sending Rutter’s branded bottled beverages; and enabling our customers to contribute through coffee purchases and in-store donations.  Now thru October 1st, we will be donating to the Red Cross 10-cents per cup of all coffee sold in our stores, up to $10,000. In addition, we will be collecting coin canister donations for the American Red Cross.

We are partnering with UNFI & Martin’s Potato Chips to fill trucks with beverages, chips, personal care products, and other essential items to provide to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“Just like many others, we have been watching the news and seeing the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Supporting fellow Americans in a time of need and working with the Red Cross to assist the victims is central to our core values,” said Derek, Gaskins, Chief Customer Officer.

Rutter’s Donates $60,000 to Pre-K EITC Organizations in Blair County

To continue Rutter’s record charitable giving efforts, we donated $60,000 of their Pre-K EITC funding to 3 different organizations in the Duncansville, Pennsylvania area! Each of the donations will be used to provide scholarship funding for children.

The following organizations received checks during Rutter’s Grand Opening of their Duncansville store:

  • Penn-Mont Academy received a $25,000 donation. Penn-Mont Academy caters their children’s learning experience to each individual child’s periods of interest.
  • Second Century Scholarship Fund also received a $25,000 donation. The Second-Century Scholarship Fund is a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and uses donations to assist students attending Catholic Schools in Blair County.
  • Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation received a donation of $10,000. The Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation uses donations to have over 60 scholarships available to students.

“At Rutter’s, we strive to give back to the local community in as many ways as we can. We are excited to provide scholarship support to children through donations to three well-deserving organizations in a new market that has welcomed us into their community,” said Derek Gaskins, Chief Customer Officer.

Rutter’s Donates Over $63,000 to Local Community in Blair County

We hosted our Grand Opening event of our newest store in Duncansville, PA on Thursday, July 20th! After the ribbon cutting ceremony, we donated over $63,000 to seven different charitable organizations in the Duncansville/Altoona Area!

The following organizations received a donation at the Grand Opening:

  • Penn-Mont Academy: $25,000
  • Second Century Scholarship Fund: $25,000
  • Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation: $10,000
  • Allegheny Township Police Department: $1,000
  • Allegheny Township Volunteer Fire Department: $1,000
  • Duncansville Borough Police Department: $700
  • Music 4-R Vets: $500

This is our first location in Blair County and our 68th store! Attendees at the Duncansville Grand Opening included PA House Representative Judy Ward, PA House Representative John McGinnis, District Director Jim Frank representing Congressman Bill Shuster’s Office, Economic Development Director Michele Ivory representing Senator John Eichelberger Jr’s Office, Blair County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Joe Hurd, Blair County Officials, Allegheny Township Officials, and county music star Ricky Lee.

“We are grateful for the support we received at our grand opening event in Duncansville. The Altoona community has warmly welcomed us, and we are delighted to support so many worthy organizations with strong charitable giving,” said Derek Gaskins, Chief Customer Officer.

SOAR Valentine’s Packages Have Landed!

We recently received a letter from a Marine Sargent saying the packages we sent through SOAR (Support Our American Recruits) have successfully arrived! These packages included snacks, chewing gum, coffee, and magazines donated by local suppliers such as Hershey’s, UTZ Snacks, Martin’s Chips, Harrisburg News, S&D Coffee, and Con-Agra Foods, as well as handmade Valentine cards from area school children and senior citizens.

“The package you sent went to a group of Marines – one of which is originally from Pennsylvania! The Valentine’s theme is especially great when we are away from our loved ones for so long! A special note on a treat brings smiles to the faces of everyone who grabs something from the box.”

“Words cannot express how thankful we are for people like yourselves and the support you provide during our deployment.  A thank you (especially accompanied by snacks and goodies from back home) goes a long way and provides us the encouragement we need to get through a long deployment,” he said.

Thank you to all of the suppliers and volunteers who helped Rutter’s and SOAR support our troops for the 12th straight year!

Rutter’s Donates $810,000 in 2016 – A New Rutter’s Charitable Giving Record

We donated $810,000 to Central Pennsylvania charities during 2016, raising the our charitable giving total to over $6 million in the past decade and is a new annual giving record for Rutter’s!

“This has been a huge year for Rutter’s. We opened 6 new stores and we gave a record number of donations to various organizations in the communities we serve. We love financially supporting charities, and organizations that make a difference in the lives of children and customers throughout our region.  We look forward to continuing to grow and give back to our communities for generations to come.” said Scott Hartman, Rutter’s CEO and President.

Some of the ways we gave in 2016:

  • Children’s Education Organizations Donations totaling $357,000. Includes:
    • $100,000 to the York & Hanover YMCA and YWCA.
    • $50,000 to the Crispus Attucks Neighborhood Partnership.
    • Vista School received $47,000 to pay for an autistic child’s tuition.
    • JCC in York received $25,000 to help with pre-school scholarships.
    • Lancaster County Career and Technology Center received $10,000 for program funding
  •  Creative Arts Organizations Donations totaling $224,000. Includes:
    • Creative York received a $125,000 donation for an arts teaching room.
    • Strand Capital received $20,000 to fund for the Performing Arts Summer Camp.
    • DreamWrights Theatre received $50,000 to remodel the concession area.
    • Belmont Theater received $14,500 to remodel their backstage facilities.
  • Additional Organizations contributions totaled $107,000. Includes:
    • Penn State THON received $22,500 towards Four Diamonds fundraising for Hershey Children’s Hospital.
    • Junior Achievement received $25,000 for JA Biztown.
    • $10,000 Children’s Home of York.
  • Vote With Your Dollars – $75,000 total
    • Leg Up Farm – $25,000
    • York County Food Bank – $25,000
    • Make-A-Wish Greater PA & WV – $25,000
  • Random Acts of Kindness – Rutter’s employees gave out $1,000 to 23 organizations of their choosing, including:
    • Life Path Children’s Ministries
    • Salvation Army
    • Veterans’ Helping Hand
    • York County SPCA
  • Grand Opening Donations – Rutter’s donated $21,000 during all 6 Grand Opening.

A full list of charities receiving support from us can be found at

Rutter’s Employees Closed out 2016 with Random Acts of Kindness

To finish 2016, we provided many of our employees with one thousand dollar checks to give to organizations they felt deserved the donation!

Over 20 checks were given out during the 2016 holiday season to charities and organizations all over the area. These organizations consisted of:

  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
  • Children’s Home of York
  • Hospice & Community Care
  • Life Path Children’s Ministries
  • Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital
  • Red Lion Area Community Service
  • Salvation Army
  • Shiloh American Legion – Veteran’s Foundation
  • Springettsbury Township Police
  • Veterans’ Helping Hand
  • York County SPCA

“There is no better way to end a year than on a strong and giving note. We were all very excited to be able to hand out checks to organizations we chose. This is a great way to get involved in the communities we all live. I am very proud to work for a company that has such a strong community focus and relationship.” said Derek Gaskins, Rutter’s Chief Customer Officer.

Pictured in Photo: 

  • Photo: 1st Row Left to Right – Veterans’ Helping Hand, Rutter’s Smoke Dehoff donated to York County SPCA, Rutter’s Jere Matthews (left) donated to Red Lion Area Community Service
  • 2nd Row Left to Right – Hospice & Community Care, Rutter’s Tim Rutter (left) donated to Springettsbury Township Police, Rutter’s Brian Roadamel (center) donated to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
  • 3rd Row Left to Right – Rutter’s Ryan Krebs and family (back row) donated to Life Path Children’s Ministries, Rutter’s Megan Waltemyer and daughter (center and right) donated to Salvation Army, Rutter’s Brittany Fowler (center) donated to Children’s Home of York, Rutter’s Brian Ferry (left) donated to Shiloh American Legion Post #791 Veteran’s Foundation, Rutter’s Robert Perkins (center) donated to Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Rutter’s Derek Gaskins (left) donated to Salvation Army.

Rutter’s and SOAR Partner Again!

Rutter’s and Support Our American Recruits (SOAR) are teamed up for the 12th year packing Valentine’s Day gift boxes to be shipped to American troops stationed abroad.

The boxes were filled with snacks, chewing gum, coffee and magazines donated by local suppliers such as Hershey’s, UTZ Snacks, Martin’s Chips, Harrisburg News, S&D Coffee, and Con-Agra Foods as well as handmade Valentine cards from area school children and senior citizens.  Each box will be sent to a local soldier serving overseas.

SOAR is took 50 names from the community on a first-come, first-served basis.

This is for Active Military serving abroad. One must be able to receive mail at their address through February 20, 2017.

The mission of SOAR is to support troops serving at home and overseas, honor veterans, and provide a support group for family members of the troops.