Eat’n Park’s (www.eatnpark.com) annual Caring for Kids Campaign broke records for the largest amount raised in the history of the campaign. Thanks to the generosity of team members and guests, the 37th annual Campaign raised a total of $470,495 for children’s hospitals and charities across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. This year’s grand total brings the campaign total to more than $9 million raised since its inception in 1979.
All money collected from the Caring for Kids Campaign stays in the communities where it was donated, making it a truly local and community-driven fundraiser. This year, $393,627 will be contributed locally to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, bringing Eat’n Park Hospitality Group’s lifetime contribution to more than $9 million.
“We are ecstatic about the success of this year’s Caring for Kids Campaign,” says Trina DeMarco, Director of Corporate Giving and Community Partnerships, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group. “Our record-breaking total reflects the generosity and compassion of Eat’n Park’s guests, team members and partners. This region’s enthusiastic support of this year’s campaign makes it possible for more kids throughout the region to receive the medical care they need.”
For the sixth consecutive year, Neighborhood Ford Store has partnered with Eat’n Park to contribute a brand new Ford vehicle to be raffled with the proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets donated to the campaign. This year, the contribution of a 2016 Ford Mustang helped to generate $134,000 through raffle ticket sales. Mike Wroblewski, a lucky Eat’n Park guest from McKees Rocks, is the winner of the Mustang. Mike’s winning ticket was sold at the Belle Vernon restaurant and drawn from more than 67,000 tickets that were purchased to benefit the campaign. A patient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC selected the winning ticket on December 16.
"As friends and neighbors in the community, Neighborhood Ford Store's dealers do all that we can to support families throughout the year," said Joseph Thurby, Neighborhood Ford Store chairman. "During the holiday season, we take special pride in our association with Eat'n Park and our support of the Caring for Kids campaign to benefit local children's hospitals."
Neighborhood Ford Store is comprised of 81 Ford dealers in southwest Pennsylvania, southeast Ohio, and the panhandle of Maryland and north central West Virginia.
In addition to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, 13 other hospitals across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia benefit from the initiative, including Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Philadelphia, Children’s Medical Center of Akron, Penn Highlands DuBois, the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Geisinger Health System, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, St. Vincent Health System, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital and West Virginia University Children’s Hospital.