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Franklin Township: Wawa's 54th Anniversary Celebration Includes Free Coffee for Customers

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SOMERSET, NJ - If you need to fuel up with some coffee, think about stopping by Wawa of Somerset this Thursday, for Wawa Day. 

Wawa will celebrate its 54th anniversary by giving away 2 million cups of free coffee of any size to its customers, according to a news release. 

“Wawa Day is a great day for us to all pause and thank the millions of customers we’ve served over the past 54 years who have made us an integral part of the communities we serve,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa President and CEO. 

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Wawa Day will also mark the fourth anniversary of the Wawa Foundation and the achievement of Wawa and The Wawa Foundation’s initial donation goal, according to Wawa's management team. 

The Wawa Foundation, a 501c (3) non-profit organization founded was established in 2014. At its inception, Wawa and the Wawa Foundation set a goal to donate $50 million to causes supporting health, hunger and everyday heroes by 2018, according to Wawa's management team. 

“This year’s Wawa Day is particularly special because we are also celebrating that, in just over four years, through Wawa and The Wawa Foundation, we have supported thousands of non-profit organizations and achieved our goal of donating $50 million by 2018," Gheysens said. "We could have never done this alone, and thank all of our customers who gave generously to our in-store campaigns and who make everything we do possible. Happy Wawa Day everyone and cheers to you all!”

Late last year Wawa of Somerset's grand opening pitted members of Franklin Township's Police Department against Community Fire and Rescue in a hoagie-building contest to benefit the Franklin Food Bank

About Wawa, Inc: 

Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for its dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for freshly prepared foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services and surcharge-free ATMs. A chain of more than 790 convenience retail stores (over 600 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington DC. The stores offer a large fresh foodservice selection, including Wawa brands such as custom prepared hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, specialty beverages and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks. In 2016 and 2017, Wawa was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. In 2017 Wawa was the recipient of a Silver Plate Award in the category of Retail & Specialty Foodservice by the International Foodservice Manufacturers’ Association during their 63rd Annual Award Event.

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