Old-style service at gas pumps offered for fundraiser
Gas won't be 25 cents a gallon, but service by attendants at the pumps will be a throwback to the 1960s and before at a downtown gas station on Saturday, March 31.
A group of high school boys will take motorists back more than 40 years, pumping gas and cleaning windshields at the Shell station at 1139 Post Road, just south of Beach Road.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the students will be working for tips to benefit the American Cancer Society, they said. The Shell pumps are part of the Buckstop convenience store.
The eight service attendants, all sophomores at Fairfield Prep, are conducting the fundraiser as a warmup to a far larger event, a cancer society Relay for Life walk in June.
One of the students, Alec Hilton of Fairfield, did research on fundraising ideas and recommended the retro-service-station idea to his friends, according to his mother, Celeste Hilton. The Buckstop's manager, Hanif Vora, was quick to agree to offer his pumps as a venue.
Relay for Life is a national program that features overnight events during which volunteers solicit pledges to walk laps around a track or circular course. But many relay teams conduct separate fundraisers first.
The Prep students are involved in the Relay for Life walk planned at the Fairfield Ludlowe High School track from the evening of Friday, June 9 to the morning of Saturday, June 10.