Rapid Refill raises more than $118K in 7th Alzheimer’s fundraising campaign

WALTHAM, Mass. – Fifteen participating Rapid Refill locations throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire held a seven-week campaign, running from June 1 to July 16, as part of the seventh annual Purple Pump-Up for Alzheimer’s to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter.

The campaign, which raised more than $118,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, has generated close to $500,000 during its seven-year history.

The Rapid Refill stores in Merrimack – at 1 Peach Tree Lane and 715 Daniel Webster Highway – raised more than $3,800 this year. The other 14 locations included Massachusetts Stores in Bellingham, Beverly, Devens, two locations in Falmouth, Randolph, Taunton and Westford, as well as New Hampshire Stores in Chichester, Loudon, North Loudon, Manchester and Nashua.

“I am very proud of our store associates who have made Purple Pump-Up such a success,” said Ben Bolen, director of operations for Rapid Refill.

Rapid Refill Chairman Jim Garrett praised Volta Oil and Rapid Refill personnel for the passionate effort they have put forth in eliminating this terrible disease.

“More of our customers are now more aware of Alzheimer’s and were willing to donate towards its elimination. We thank them for their support,” he said.

Many of Rapid Refill’s partners, such as New England Ice Cream, Webster Bank, Santander Bank, Wells Fargo and J. Polep Distribution Service, generously supported Purple Pump-Up. The campaign also asked customers to give donations at the gas pumps as well as inside the stores. On top of asking for donations, all 15 Rapid Refill locations donated five cents from every gallon of gas sold on June 21 for “The Longest Day,” an Alzheimer’s Association national fundraising and awareness effort.

“More than 144,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s in Massachusetts and New Hampshire,” said Jayne Paragona, vice president of development for the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter. “The money raised from the Purple Pump-Up campaign allows us to continue our outreach and support to people in our communities impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia. We are so grateful to have this partnership with Rapid Refill and Volta Oil; they are truly moving us towards our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.”