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Rutter’s Announces 2018 “Vote With Your Dollars” Winners

Make-A-Wish of Greater PA & WV and the Adams County SPCA to receive proceeds from the 2018 “Vote With Your Dollars” Program

YORK, Pa. – The Rutter’s Corporation has announced the winners of the 2018 Vote With Your Dollars Program. Rutter’s VIP customers have chosen Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia and Adams County SPCA as their 2018 winners.

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.

“Normally we 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.”

Make-A-Wish Foundation Check Presentation; L-R: Becky Disney, Make-A-Wish, Kris Brown, Rutter’s, Ann Waltman, Make-A-Wish

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 5 children’s wishes in York, Adams or Franklin County.”

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

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 be 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 October 31, 2019 to collect the most votes to win funding.

Rutter’s to Sponsor Easterseals’ 1st Annual Wonder Ball Fundraising Event

Easterseals Announces 1st Annual Wonder Ball Fundraiser Event

The York Division of Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania (ESWCPA) announces their first annual “The Wonder Ball” fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 6-10 PM at The Country Club of York.

This black-tie optional event is open to the public and will feature keynote speaker, Robert J. DeSousa, State Director for Senator Pat Toomey. DeSousa’s career achievements in public service, including serving as a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Colonel and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal. DeSousa is a proud supporter and former parent participant of Easterseals’ Military Children Programs.

Sponsored by Rutter’s, The Wonder Ball, a whimsical nod to Alice in Wonderland, benefits over 2,000 individuals throughout the York region of Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania annually. This event will serve as a kick off for ESWCPA’s 100th Anniversary celebration in 2019. The event will include a served dinner with live classical music by Codo Duo, followed by dancing and music provided by The Famous Rumors Band, a cash bar, and a variety of entertainment throughout the night including roaming magic by Ripley’s Magic.

Tickets are $75 per person or $800 per table and may be purchased online at eastersealswcpa.org/wonderball. For more information, or to purchase tickets by phone, please contact Jessica Montour at 717.741.3891 or email jmontour@eastersealswcpenna.org.

Easterseals Western  and Central Pennsylvania provides exceptional programs and services, in 47 Pennsylvania counties, to ensure that people with disabilities or other special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities. The Wonder Ball supports individuals with disabilities and military families in Central Pennsylvania. Programs include therapeutic recreation camps for individuals with disabilities, camps for children of currently serving and veteran service members, autism social groups, community-based programs, and sign language interpreting services.

*** Press are invited to join us and report on this event. If you are interest in receiving press tickets to the event, please contact Jessica Montour at 717.741.3891 or email jmontour@eastersealswcpenna.org.

Contact:Jessica Montour
Easterseals Western & Central Pennsylvania
2550 Kingston Road, Ste 219, York, PA 17402
717.741.3891 (ph)
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Rutter’s Finishes Banner Year with a New Store, Office Expansion, & Over $715,000 Donated to Charity in 2017

We gave $370,000 in additional charitable donations to bring the 2017 total to over $715,000 given to Central Pennsylvania charities! In 2017, we also opened a new store in St Thomas, PA in December.  In addition, we are also in the midst of an expansion of our corporate support office, doubling the size to create more opportunities for growth into 2018!

“It has been another great year for everyone at Rutter’s. We opened three new stores and remodeled 20 stores. We enjoy supporting charities and organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and customers in the communities we serve. With plans to double the size of our office in February, build 9 new stores, and complete 38 store remodels (including beer caves, flex fuels, and gaming rooms) we look forward to another fantastic and busy year in 2018,” said Scott Hartman, Rutter’s CEO and President.

Some of the charities we supported in 2017 are:

  • Crispus Attucks = $50,000
  • YMCA of York County = $42,800
  • Office Secret Santa – employees from Rutter’s went out to the community and donated to organizations of their choice. They gave out $29,000
  • Junior Achievement = $28,300
  • Make-A-Wish Greater PA & WV = $27,200
  • Leg Up Farm = $25,900
  • Penn-Mont Academy = $25,000
  • Second Century Scholarship Fund = $25,000
  • Creative York = $25,000
  • Appell Center for the Performing Arts = $20,000

A full list of charities receiving support can be found at rutters.com/charities.

Over the past 14 years, Rutter’s Children’s Charities has donated over $6.2 million to support charities in the communities it serves. Now under the tenth generation of family leadership, Rutter’s operates 69 convenience stores throughout Central Pennsylvania, a real estate company, family farm, and a beverage company serving the Mid-Atlantic region. Scott Hartman is President and CEO, Todd Rutter is President of Rutter’s Beverage company, and Tim Rutter is President of M&G Realty.

Vote With Your Dollars Donation Photo: 1st Row Left to Right – Ann Waltman (Regional Director of Make-A-Wish Greater PA & WV), Kirsten Stanley (Rutter’s Marketing Coordinator). Abigail Avery (Shelter Manager of The Adams County SPCA), Kirsten Stanley (Rutter’s Marketing Coordinator).

2nd Row Left to Right – Kirsten Stanley (Rutter’s Marketing Coordinator), Tom O’Connor (President of Leg Up Farm).

Celebrate JA Biztown’s 16th Anniversary


This year is Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania’s 16th year of JA BizTown! JA BizTown allows 5th and 6th grade students from across South Central Pennsylvania to live a day as an adult.  Over 9,000 students will go through the program during the 2017-2018 academic year! The town features 14 businesses from Town Hall to a Radio Station, giving students a taste for jobs that they might be interested in making into a future career. Rutter’s has been a longtime supporter of BizTown, and students even have the opportunity to work in the Restaurant which is Rutter’s branded, where students can purchase Rutter’s beverages using the “JA Biztown cash” that they earn at their jobs.

Check out their new video highlighting the Town and program:


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.