Since the inception of the program in 1987, BP dealers in partnership with BP America Inc and the BP Foundation have been responsible for raising over $3 million and have awarded nearly 2,000 local area scholarships benefiting promising students through the commitment and support of local BP Dealers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and northern New Jersey. The event wouldn’t be possible without the support and assistance of the New York/New Jersey Direct Market team.
Each year a reception is held to recognize the scholarship recipients and their families and to provide them an opportunity to meet BP representatives. This year, the annual scholarship reception was once again followed by a fundraising event open to BP dealers and event sponsors to raise funds for scholarships to be offered in 2020.
A total of 471 stations participated at this year’s event at Foxwoods Club at Citi Field, along with many brokers and business partners, and each of the 44 students received a $2,000 scholarship.
“It’s a highlight for those of us from BP to have the opportunity to meet our scholarship recipients in person and provide an opportunity for you to meet some of the people who played a role in the continuation of the scholarships we’ll be awarding tonight,” said Richard Harding, senior vice president of Marketing & Sales for Fuels, North America at the event. “Tonight, I’m looking at the future leaders of tomorrow. Each of you here tonight has the power to make changes in the world. I got to see many of your submissions, and they are impressive. You should be extremely proud.”
Along with Harding, Fuels, North America’s Head of Marketing Nicola Buck and two-time Super Bowl champion New York Giants punter Sean Landeta also spoke to the students.
After the awards, fundraiser attendees tried their hand at a variety of games including blackjack, roulette, craps, urban hoops, giant Space Invaders, Plunk It and Wheel of Fortune.