Stephen Hightower and his company, Hightowers Petroleum Co. (HPC), recently joined with customer The Kroger Co. to help the Dayton, Ohio, community, which was in need of many necessities after being hit by tornadoes. HPC and its support staff worked with its partnering entities to provide impacted and displaced families with all the essentials needed, such as toilet paper, baby diapers, baby formula, baby wipes, personal care items, granola bars, canned goods, soap and shampoo.
On June 14, HPC and Kroger distributed supplies to more than 500 families impacted by the tornadoes. The entire HPC and Kroger teams expressed how humbling it was to give back to its grief-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 in 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,” said Hightower, president and CEO of HPC.
As a philanthropist, advocate of equality and community service, 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 Co. 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.