Oct. 9, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Women's Basketball Head Coach Holly Warlick spent some time Wednesday at a local Pilot convenience store, pumping gas for a good cause.
Warlick was one of approximately 70 elected officials, media personalities and sports figures who helped Pilot support the United Way of Greater Knoxville during the annual Pilot Celebrity Pumpers event.
"I love Knoxville and the people who live here," Warlick said. "I grew up here, and I want to give back to this community. There are people who just need a little encouragement to help them on their way, and I am proud to be a part of Pilot's efforts to help the United Way do just that."
During the three-day event, Oct. 7-9, Pilot donated five cents for every gallon of gasoline sold and 10 cents for every dollar of in-store sales at all Knox County locations to the United Way of Greater Knoxville.
Pilot Celebrity Pumpers is the single-largest special event fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Knoxville's annual campaign. The 2012 event raised $64,950.
Celebrity pumpers this year included Warlick, UT Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dave Hart, Pilot Flying J NASCAR driver Michael Annett, U.S. Congressman Jimmy Duncan, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, along with a host of other state and local officials and local television and radio personalities.
"This fundraising tradition would never be possible without the generosity of so many elected officials, media representatives and other celebrities who are willing to donate their time for this important cause," Haslam said. "Most importantly, we thank our loyal customers who make it a point to fill up their gas tanks during Pilot Pumpers and therefore make this United Way donation possible."