Ricker Oil will kick off its fundraising efforts for Third Phase, Hamilton County’s largest shelter, food and clothing pantry, in support of the local nonprofit. Third Phase is a Christian-based ministry that serves as a Red Cross emergency shelter, a distribution center for a local food bank, a resource for those in need of clothing and household items, and a second chance for at-risk girls and women.
At the event, which will take place tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Exit 10 Ricker’s in Fishers (13642 Olivia Way), Ricker’s mascot, “Pops The Clown,” will be in attendance to announce the launch of the campaign and pose for photos.
Over the next four to five weeks, the Exit 10 Ricker’s and the following Hamilton County area Ricker’s locations will participate in the fundraiser, selling Pops the Clown cards for $1: 96th St. Ricker’s (3201 E. 96th St.), Carmel Ricker’s (1850 E. 151st St.), Fishers Ricker’s (9797 E. 116th St.), and the Noblesville Ricker’s (16788 Clover Rd.). Proceeds from the cards will benefit Third Phase and its programs. Monetary donations may also be made at the five locations.
The fundraiser is part of Ricker’s “Caring For Our Communities’ Charities” campaign, in which Ricker’s works to positively impact Indiana’s communities by providing support for local charitable organizations, such as Third Phase.
“We want to touch the communities where we do business in a more personal way,” said Jay Ricker, Founder and CEO of Ricker Oil. “Supporting organizations like Third Phase that make a tangible difference in their towns is a way for us to accomplish this.”
For the event, the five Ricker’s locations will be decked out in Third Phase signage, which will stay up through the duration of the campaign.
“Part of our goal is simply to raise awareness for the organization,” said Ricker. “We’re giving to the folks that make a difference right here on their own streets and hope that others will join us in this support.”
At the close of the fundraiser, Ricker’s will present Third Phase with a check for the amount raised, as well as an additional amount that Ricker’s has pledged to contribute.
Ricker’s plans to continue its efforts, and hopes to provide similar support for designated charitable organizations in each of the communities where its 50convenience stores are located by the end of the year.