April 15, 2019 – WV Oil Marketers & Grocers Association, Children Home Society Launch 9TH Annual “Every Child Deserves A Loving Home” Campaign– runs April 15 – May 12 statewide
Due largely to the drug crisis and poor economic conditions, more than 7,000 West Virginia children are in need of adoption or suffering crisis in the family. To help provide additional resources for the Children’s Home Society of WV to assist those in need, the West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA) has launched the 9th Annual “Every Child Deserves A Loving Home” Campaign, which will run from Monday, April 15th through Mother’s Day, May 12th. The public is encouraged to participate by purchasing paper flowers at participating convenience stores across the state.
Traci Nelson, president of OMEGA, said, “There are too many West Virginia children in need of help due to the drug crisis, family instability and a host of other reasons. This campaign will raise funds to be used by the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, which cared for more than 16,000 children in 2018 alone and has offices and child shelters across the state.”
Nelson said brightly-colored, Mother’s Day themed, paper flowers will be sold for one dollar apiece at nearly 500 OMEGA-member convenience and grocery stores throughout the state, including: Little General Store, Inc., Par Mar Stores, Go-Mart, BFS Foods, DeFazio Oil Company, Mini Giants, R. M. Roach & Sons and TWJ Piggly Wiggly.
“Our members work and live in the communities where they operate and want to do what they can to help,” Nelson said. “And, given the level of public participation and support over the past eight years, West Virginians truly believe in this cause.”
All funds raised through this statewide effort will go towards the Children’s Home Society’s assistance programs, which include; emergency child shelters, foster care, adoption support, mentoring, early intervention and numerous other family support programs.
Nearly $2.6 million has been raised by OMEGA over the past eight years for this and other efforts to help West Virginia children.
For additional information, contact Traci Nelson at (304) 343-5500.
About the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia:
The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia is a private, non-profit child welfare organization founded in 1896. The Society is a participatory organization consisting of employees, foster families, adoptive families, volunteers, Board members, Directors Emeriti, advisory council members, donors, benefactors, supporters, and friends. They are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is representative of the communities they serve from around the state. They are licensed to provide child welfare and behavioral health services in West Virginia. They are a member agency of the West Virginia Alliance for Children, the Child Welfare League of America and are fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children. Comprehensive child welfare, behavioral health, social casework and advocacy services are provided to over 10,000 children each year from thirteen primary locations throughout the state. Some of their current programs are adoption, foster care, in-home and in-community services for children and families, emergency shelter care, respite, mediation, parent education training, prenatal and early childhood services, volunteer and mentoring, youth services, visitation and reunification, school based social work, day care and comprehensive assessment services.
About the West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association:
The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA) was organized to promote and improve the business interests of those engaged in the petroleum marketing, retail grocery and convenience store industries within the State of West Virginia. Most OMEGA members are home grown West Virginia businesses. The nearly 300 member companies employ over 2.5 percent of the State’s population – more than 50,000 residents. Employees of member companies blend the fuels, deliver the gasoline, stock the shelves and work the counters – all of which brings comfort and convenience to your life.
April 16, 2018 (Marietta, OH) –The “Every Child Deserves a Loving Home” campaign which Par Mar Stores partners with the West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association (OMEGA) begin today. This campaign will run through Mother’s Day, May 13.
Par Mar Stores and other OMEGA members will be selling a brightly colored Mother’s Day themed flower for $1.00 each. The flowers will be sold at all West Virginia Par Mar locations.
All the funds raised through this campaign will go toward the Children’s Home Society. The West Virginia Children’s Home Society has many programs which included emergency child shelters, foster care, adoption support, mentoring, early intervention and numerous other family support programs.
Stop in your local Par Mar Store to purchase a flower or two today!
Par Mar Stores Celebrates 50 Years
Marietta, OH (October 13, 2017)—Par Mar Stores is celebrating their golden anniversary! We are turning 50 years old and we are going to mark the occasion! We want to celebrate with the customers who have supported us.
We will be celebrating through giveaways at our store locations with a $50 Par Mar Stores card given away at each location near the end of the month, daily $50 Par Mar Stores gift cards given away each day, specials in our locations and a two-night stay in Ohio’s Amish Country for a lucky Facebook fan.
The Par Mar Oil Co. was established in 1967 as a full-line petroleum jobber by Joseph G. Grow of Parkersburg and James L. Hollister of Marietta. “Par” is for Parkersburg and “Mar” is for Marietta.
Par Mar Oil, with 3 full-time employees, with its first affiliation with Amoco, provided oils, greases, gasoline, diesel fuels, heating oils and other petroleum products to commercial, industrial and consumer clients. The first convenience store opened in 1979 on Ohio 7 south of Marietta, which is called Par Mar No. 7.
Par Mar has seen many changes in the industry and within the company. Par Mar was sold in April 2016 to a Pittsburgh based company, Croton Holdings. The Par Mar chain has flourished under its new management growing from 50 locations to 81 locations, and over 950 employees.
Ask the oldest employees of Par Mar what makes working for Par Mar so special, they have the same answer. It’s the family attitude. This attitude continues with Par Mar today.
“Par Mar has come a long way since its origin of a local oil company to now a convenience store chain with Quick Service Restaurants in four states,” Brian Waugh, company president, said.
“There is no way that Par Mar could have made it for the last 50 years without the support of our customers and employees and we thank them for that,” Waugh said. “Together we look forward to meeting the needs of our customers for the next 50 years.”
(Marietta, OH) January 24, 2017– Par Mar Stores had another successful Giving Back Campaign this past holiday season thanks to our dedicated team members and customers. Par Mar Stores raised over $38,000 for Wednesday Wish Days (WWD).
“Our locations raise money all year long for children in our community on Christmas morning. Our team members and our customers make Wednesday Wish Days the success that it is. We couldn’t give back to our community without them!” said Brian Waugh, Chief Operating Officer of Par Mar Oil Company. “We sell WWD tags $1 at a time to bring a smile to a child’s face on Christmas morning. That is what Christmas is all about.” These funds were disbursed back into the county in which they were raised as clothing and toys for children 18 years and younger. The funds are disbursed by a third party organization such as Secret Santa, The Salvation Army, WV Children’s Home Society, CARES, Community Action, Christmas for the Little Ones and other associations which meet the criteria on disbursing the funds in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
The fundraising efforts were made possible by generous donations of Par Mar customers purchasing a WWD tag for $1.00. “Our team members raise money all year long for the Wednesday Wish Day campaign. Some great creative to raise money, and others are successful selling the tags. The best part of WWD, is the money raised stays in the county where it was raised for children.” says Waugh. The store raising the most this year was Par Mar Store #18, Division Street, in Parkersburg, WV. Dana Mossor, Store Manager, and his team have been the sales leader in this campaign for the last two years. Dana and his team had success with the “Every Child Deserves a Loving Home Campaign with the West Virginia Children’s Home Society for the past three years as well. Dana contributes his success to his team members and customers. “We appreciate our customer’s helping with the gifts for the kids. It’s wonderful that we support kids right here in our community.” said Mossor. “Having a great team that gets behind our campaigns is the key to our success. We couldn’t help our community without our customers and my great team here.”
Par Mar Stores thanks all the organizations that make the disbursing of funds possible to the children. There is nothing better than knowing a child is receiving necessary clothing and gifts on Christmas morning. The Wednesday Wish Day slogan is bringing smiles on Christmas morning and this program certainly does bring a smile to everyone involved.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jeralynne Offenberger at 740.373.7406 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Par Mar Stores Gives Back to the Community Locally-owned and operated convenience store chain raises nearly $50,000 for area families in need.
February 29, 2016 (MARIETTA, Ohio) – Par Mar Stores today announced it raised $47,819.57 in 2015 for local families in need through its annual ‘Wednesday Wish Day’ charitable giving campaign. Since it was launched in 1999 at just 16 Par Mar Stores locations, the company’s annual Wednesday Wish Day program has expanded to 50 stores and has raised more than $366,000 to purchase gifts for area children to open on Christmas morning. Throughout November and December each year, Par Mar Stores solicits donations from customers to support gift-giving for low-income and at-risk children; all funds raised through the program are donated in the county in which the money was donated. During the program, customers can purchase and personalize $1 ‘Wish Day’ tags that are displayed in the store as a show of support for Wednesday Wish Day fundraising efforts.
Par Mar President Sandra Morgenstern attributes much of the program’s success to the store managers at the company’s 50 retail locations who, she said, have enthusiastically embraced the program, using dress-down days, pie-throwing contests and other creative incentives to engage interest in the program and to help raise funds while also providing a collegial work environment for employees and a pleasant, friendly shopping experience for Par Mar’s loyal customers.
“Par Mar is proud of this program and the unique opportunity it affords us to give back to the communities we serve,” said Morgenstern, who last year was named one of just five ‘Women of the Year’ by Convenience Store News magazine. “Wednesday Wish Day wouldn’t be possible without the support of our customers, who know, like we do, that to bring a smile to a child’s face is the reason we do this. All the hard work we’ve done in the last 17 years is instantly paid back, in-full, by that child’s smile.”
The company teams with outside agencies in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky to disperse and monitor funds raised through Wednesday Wish Day. For more information about Wednesday Wish Day and Par Mar Stores’ other community engagement, visit www.parmarstores.com.
Winning Powerball Ticket worth $50,000 sold at Par Mar Store!
Marietta, Ohio (January 14, 2016)-Par Mar Store #23 is starting the year out right by selling a $50,000 Powerball ticket! Even though we didn’t sell a ticket to the jackpot winners, we are very happy to sell one of the $50,000 winners. Mike Reed and his team were very excited to have sold a winning ticket!
The Powerball numbers for Wednesday were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and the Powerball was 10. The Powerplay multiplier was 2x. Tickets that were sold in California, Tennessee and Florida matched all six numbers and those players will share the record $1.58 Billion jackpot.
Marietta, Ohio (January 5, 2016) –Par Mar Stores announces their applications for all fifteen Exxon stores were approved. The Exxon Educational Alliance Grant focuses on math and science from pre-school to higher education. Exxon has a long history of supporting educational programs, like Educational Alliance. Par Mar Stores is proud to continue this tradition for another year with the schools in their neighborhood!
Pictured is Tara, Manager of Store #11, Beverly, OH and Mr. Baldwin, Principal of Waterford Elementary (2014 Grant recipient)
For Immediate Release
Sandra Morgenstern, President/C.E.O.
114-A Westview Avenue
Marietta, OH 45750
Marietta, Ohio, October 29, 2015—Par Mar Stores discovered a credit card skimming device today on one gas pump at the Par Mar Store located at exit #6, Marietta, Ohio. The skimmer was found after a company-wide examination of all fuel pumps was issued for all Par Mar Stores due to customer’s coming forward with concerns of fraudulent charges in the New Matamoras, Ohio area. Upon examination at the Par Mar Stores in New Matamoras, there was not any skimming devices discovered.
The local authorities were notified regarding the discovery and they removed the device from the Marietta location. The device is in the possession of the Washington County Sheriff’s office and Par Mar will assist the authorities throughout these investigations.
Sandra Morgenstern, President/C.E.O of Par Mar Stores said “We are committed to ensure our customers have a positive experience while shopping at our locations by providing a safe and secure environment. It is unfortunate that criminals have entered the Mid-Ohio valley and are looking for ways to obtain personal information to commit identity theft and scam individuals. We ask that our valued customers remain vigilant and closely monitor their financial accounts and credit reports and please report any unauthorized activity.”
In response to this data being taken illegally through skimming devices, Par Mar Stores has increased its security measures at all locations. Morgenstern says, “We have placed security seals over areas of pump entry. If customers see that the seal is broken or looks as if it was tampered with, it would be good to report to the associates working in the stores. It is good to say something if you see something.”
If you have any fraudulent charges on your credit card statements, please contact your financial institution and the Washington County Sheriff’s office, Lt. Stackpole at 740.376.7070 x 0. Please be prepared to provide specific information about your fraudulent transactions.
Customers having other questions, may call 800-727-6271.
Headquartered in Marietta, Ohio, Par Mar Stores is a locally owned and operated convenience store chain operating 50 locations in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.
Watching a smile on a child’s face is a powerful inspiration to us all! Par Mar Stores will join other marketers in conjunction with OMEGA this August to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Let’s share the power of a wish one star at a time!