Growth Energy Announces Winners of Fuel on the Fourth Promotion

WASHINGTON, DC – Growth Energy, the coalition of U.S. ethanol supporters, today announced the winners of their one month “Fuel on the Fourth” contest offering nearly $300 in flex fuel cards to Flex Fuel Vehicle (FFV) owners. Contestants had one month to submit a photo of themselves with their FFV along with a caption describing why they choose to buy flex fuel for their vehicle.

Two winners were selected from the submissions. First place winner Jane Marie Connell of Granite Falls, Minn. and second place winner Harvey Fliehs III of Groton, S.D. will receive flex fuel cards worth $185 and $85 respectively, to be used for the purchase of flex fuel for their vehicles. Both winners will receive their cards in time for the Independence Day weekend.

Connell’s name was chosen through a random drawing for the first place prize while second place winner Fliehs was selected for his creative submission and photo (please see attached). In his submission, Fliehs, a farmer in South Dakota, wrote, “Using flex fuel is an everyday reminder that the corn we produce is making a positive impact on our community, environment and country. Our family is a 3rd generation farm, where not only the farm is passed down but the name as well. We’re proud to provide a sustainable fuel source that we can pass down to generations to come.”

The Fuel on the Fourth promotion was designed to show the benefits of Flex Fuel Vehicles – which are capable of operating on any combination of conventional and renewable fuels – and recruit additional members to Growth Force, a group that believes in a cleaner, greener America through the use of biofuels. All contestants who submitted photos joined Growth Force’s free membership.

“As we celebrate our nation’s independence, we are proud to provide these Flex Fuel Vehicle owners with America’s independent fuel,” said Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis. “Using flex fuel in our vehicles will help reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, clean the air we breathe and strengthen our national security.”

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About Growth Energy
Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America’s economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth Energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home. More information can be found at