If someone offered you $1,000 worth of free home heating oil would you take it?
Well, it looks like hundreds of Rutland-area residents are answering with a resounding "yes." A unique newspaper effort that offers $1,000 worth of fuel-free-to the winner, is being sponsored by Patten Oil Co, Inc. of Rutland. The promotion, which helps benefit cancer research and local families with the disease, has created a buzz among local shoppers.
Patten, the first fuel company in Rutland County to provide 24/7 online service and a "Smart Cap" fuel pricing program, has also committed to contribute to cancer research and Rutland-area individuals fighting cancer.
For every galloon of fuel the company delivers in the pink truck, according to Dan Dukeshire, senior vice president of Patten, a portion of the price is donated to the Coleman Foundation which supports breast-cancer research-also, a portion of those local fuel-oil sales go directly to Rutland-area families fighting cancer.
Dukeshire said residents can look for the pink and white Patten tanker truck with its "Fueling a Cure" pink ribbon icon. No extra cost is involved when fuel is delivered via the pink tanker-Patten's pink and white tanker truck is a headturner around the Rutland area.
The free heating oil will go to one lucky winner-all you need to do is fill out an entry blank in this week's Rutland Tribune newspaper and drop it into one of the boxes at a participating "Free Fuel" advertiser.
The entry boxes are located around the area: Patten Oil (134 Park St.), Reincarnations (86 River St.), 3 Tomatoes Restaurant (88 Merchants Row), Pyramid Holistic Center (120 Merchants Row), Garden Time (1097 Route 7 North), Vermont Bagel Caf (155 Woodstock Ave.), and Terrill Street Discount Beverages (11 Terrill St.). No purchase is necessary.
A minimum of 100 gallons of fuel is required in Patten's normal delivery area. The winner's fuel tank must meet the state code for safety.