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Ohio Businessman and Philanthropist Stephen Hightower Organizes and

Partners with Kroger to Provide Vital Necessities for Tornado Victims

Dayton, OH, July 14, 2019 --(PR.com)-- On May 28th, 2019 tornadoes ripped through the greater
Dayton area leaving a trail of widespread damage. More than 60 homes were completely destroyed, not to
mention over 60,000 residents left without electricity. Additionally, the storms caused catastrophic
damage to the city's water systems, raising sanitation concerns and thousands without drinking water.

On Friday June 14th, Stephen Hightower and his company Hightowers Petroleum Co. (HPC) joined with
HPC customer The Kroger Co. (Kroger) to help a community in dire need of much needed supplies and
miscellaneous items. HPC and its support staff worked with its partnering entities to provide impacted
and displaced families all essentials needed during this trying time. Items of note included, toilet paper,
baby diapers, baby formula, baby wipes, personal care items, granola bars, canned goods, soap, shampoo
etc.

On June 14th HPC and Kroger distributed supplies to over 500 families impacted by the May 29th
tornadoes. Emotions were intense as there was little notice of dry eyes; families had lost everything and it
was omnipresent. The entire HPC and Kroger teams expressed how humbling it was to give back to its
grieve 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
into 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.”
- Stephen Hightower, President & CEO of Hightowers Petroleum Co.

Hightower started HPC as a licensed Motor Fuel Dealer in 1984. With foresight and continuing
innovation, HPC has developed distribution network with the ability to provide gasoline and diesel
Nationally.

As a philanthropist, advocate of equality and community service, Mr. 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 Family of Companies 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. We are dedicated
to Our Purpose: To Feed the Human SpiritTM while creating a world with Zero Hunger | Zero Waste.

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