Eat’n Park Restaurants’ (www.eatnpark.com) annual Caring for Kids Campaign reached a milestone this year, bringing the total amount raised since the start of the campaign in 1979 to more than $10 million. The campaign raises funds for children’s hospitals across the region.
“This was an exciting and important year for us as we surpassed $10 million in total contributions for children in our local hospitals,” said Trina DeMarco, Director of Corporate Giving and Community Partnerships, Eat’n Park Restaurants. “We’re grateful for our generous team members, guests and partners who not only helped us reach this milestone, but helped to make this year’s campaign a success.”
Caring for Kids started as a team member initiative, and it’s still team-driven today. Funds raised through the campaign stay in the community where they are donated, ensuring that it is truly a local and community-focused campaign. This year, Eat’n Park’s Caring for Kids Campaign raised a total of $445,400, including $364,844 for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
For the seventh consecutive year, Neighborhood Ford Store partnered with Eat’n Park to raffle a new Ford vehicle to support the campaign. This year, more than $120,000 was generated by the raffle tickets, and all proceeds were donated to the campaign. Jim Peppel, from Columbiana, Ohio, was the lucky winner of a 2017 Ford Mustang convertible. His winning ticket was drawn from 63,000 tickets purchased to benefit Caring for Kids.
"Neighborhood Ford Store's dealers do all that we can to support families throughout the year because these people are our friends and neighbors," said Kathleen R. Wagler, Neighborhood Ford Store chairperson. "Especially throughout 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."
In addition to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, 13 other hospitals across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia benefit from the initiative, including Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Philadelphia, 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, Penn Highlands DuBois, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, St. Vincent Health System, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital and West Virginia University Children’s Hospital.