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Ohio Businessman and Philanthropist Stephen Hightower Organizes and Partners with Kroger to Provide

Updated: Jan 21, 2020

Dayton, OH, July 14, 2019 --

On May 28th, 2019 tornadoes ripped through the greater Dayton area leaving a trail of widespread damage. More than 60 homes were completely destroyed, not to mention over 60,000 residents left without electricity. Additionally, the storms caused catastrophic damage to the city’s water systems, raising sanitation concerns and thousands without drinking water.

On Friday June 14th, Stephen Hightower and his company Hightowers Petroleum Co. (HPC) joined with HPC customer The Kroger Co. (Kroger) to help a community in dire need of much needed supplies and miscellaneous items. HPC and its support staff worked with its partnering entities to provide impacted and displaced families all essentials needed during this trying time. Items of note included, toilet paper, baby diapers, baby formula, baby wipes, personal care items, granola bars, canned goods, soap, shampoo etc.

On June 14th HPC and Kroger distributed supplies to over 500 families impacted by the May 29th tornadoes. Emotions were intense as there was little notice of dry eyes; families had lost everything and it was omnipresent. The entire HPC and Kroger teams expressed how humbling it was to give back to its grieve stricken community during its time of need.

“When it was clear that families had nothing, I called our partners at Kroger who we have provided fuel into the Dayton and surrounding markets for over 10 years, they didn’t hesitate to support this joint effort beyond what they had already contributed. This is about everyday people in need, and whomever and however you contribute, you have to do something. Kroger was the right call to make.” - Stephen Hightower, President & CEO of Hightowers Petroleum Co.

Hightower started HPC as a licensed Motor Fuel Dealer in 1984. With foresight and continuing innovation, HPC has developed distribution network with the ability to provide gasoline and diesel Nationally.

As a philanthropist, advocate of equality and community service, Mr. Hightower has served on the boards of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI), Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, National Park Foundation (appointment by the Secretary of Interior), The Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers Association, National Petroleum Council (appointment by the Secretary of Energy) and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

The Kroger Family of Companies has been serving communities across the U.S. for more than 135 years. Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division operates food stores, pharmacies, fuel centers, warehouses and offices in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Indiana and Greater Dayton. We are dedicated to Our Purpose: To Feed the Human SpiritTM while creating a world with Zero Hunger | Zero Waste.

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