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!