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On Saturday, July 21, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Honey Brook Gulf (located at 2500 Conestoga Ave - on Route 10 at the intersection with Route 322) will be hosting a Community Day fundraiser which will feature music, discounted gasoline, and free food and beverages. This is the fourth year in a row for the Community Day event, and the second year in a row that the funds raised will be donated to the Honey Brook Fire Company.
“Honey Brook Gulf will be providing full service at the gas pumps while discounting fuel by thirty cents per gallon,” said Dharmesh Bhalala, owner and operator of Honey Brook Gulf.
Bhalala and members of the Honey Brook Fire Company will be pumping gas and serving food, with other fire company members directing traffic in and out of the gas station parking lot. Those working the event will be carrying cans where the public can place their donations.
Bhalala said that it is important for the community to keep the Honey Brook Fire Company funded.
“This is a small community and we should all work hard to make sure that the fire company is taken care of. How could you not want to help these people? They are volunteers who put their lives on the line for us!”
The festivities should be easy to spot, as Honey Brook Fire Company is expected to set up a vehicle in the parking lot and the Bhalala will have his location decorated with flags and balloons.
Bhalala said that he will be buying food such as hot dogs and hamburgers to give out at the event, and that he is bringing in a commercial-sized grill to make sure that the food keeps coming as long as the people do. Turkey Hill Dairy, Pepsi, and Metro Beverage (of Philadelphia) will be donating sodas, energy drinks, flavored water, ice cream, and branded merchandise (such as t-shirts and coffee mugs) to Community Day as well.
“Honey Brook has lots of events to celebrate the community and I wanted to do something as a business owner to contribute. Obviously my business does not gain a financial profit by discounting gas, but by getting people to come by and open their wallets and donate to an organization that needs it, our entire community profits.”
Community Day first began four years ago after Bhalala took over the Gulf station over from the previous owners (a process done in tandem with the landlord that involved a major cleanup of the property, including the excavation and restoration of a small pocket of contaminated ground). Six months after he opened his doors, he held his first event and donated money to a local non-profit. The second Community Day raised money for the Twin Valley Little League through a chicken BBQ, and the Honey Brook Fire Company has been the recent recipient of the Community Day fundraising.
“I would like to thank all the sponsors that have donated in the previous years and look forward to their generosity once again this year,” he said. “We are hoping to get a nice turnout like we did with previous Community Days.”
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