Sterling Fire Department Donation

Old Fashioned Fourth of July honored through Cenex® donation to Sterling Fire Department

STERLING, Kansas, July 8, 2019 — Sterling’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration was recognized by the Central Prairie Cooperative and Cenex®, the energy brand of CHS, for being a unique source of pride in central Kansas. To celebrate the multi-day annual tradition, the co-op gave a $5,000 grant to the Sterling Fire Department. 

The $5,000 donation, made by Sterling-based Central Prairie Cooperative, was made as part of a Cenex grant program that celebrates unique aspects of Cenex communities. A check was presented to Sterling Fire Department on July 4 at the 81st Annual Turtle Races during Old Fashioned Fourth of July. The Sterling Fire Department will use the funds for a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to reach areas conventional firetrucks cannot, necessitated by some of the grass fires experienced in the area.  

“Central Prairie Cooperative is proud to recognize the Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration as a meaningful tradition here in Sterling,” said David Lockhart, Location Manager of Central Prairie Cooperative in Sterling. “We are glad that our donation will contribute to equipment that will help our brave firefighters keep Sterling safe.”

The donation was made possible through a grant program that encourages Cenex distributors to share stories about what makes their local communities special. In total, more than $100,000 will be given back to Cenex communities.

“The Cenex brand has a deep-rooted history of serving the people and communities of rural America,” says Bryan Brignac, director of marketing at CHS, the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperative. “We are proud of our Cenex dealers, like Central Prairie Cooperative, who play an active role in enriching their communities.”

About Cenex

Cenex, the energy brand of CHS, provides high-quality refined fuels through nearly 1,500 locally-owned convenience store locations across 19 states. Consumers depend on Cenex fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products to power homes, businesses and communities. CHS, Inc.(, which owns the Cenex brand, is a leading global agribusiness owned by American farmers across the United States with domestic and international operations including energy, agronomy, grain trading and food processing.

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