Stripes Stores is proud of its customers and employees for raising more than $1.4 million for The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital as part of the “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September. Stripes Stores raised a total of $1,405,706 from Sept. 1-28 in more than 645 store locations, surpassing its initial goal of $500,000.
Stripes employees asked customers to make every dollar count by purchasing a $1 paper pinup to help local kids with cancer. Each customer donation was rewarded with a free 12-ounce Slush Monkey and a buy-one-get-one free Smokin’ Barrel snack promotion.
In addition, the James B. and Lois R. Archer Charitable Foundation and Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation matched all donations dollar for dollar, doubling the Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows donation for a final contribution of more than $2.8 Million to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.
“On behalf of Stripes, what an honor it is to present $1,405,706 to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital,” said Stripes Convenience Stores Vice President of Marketing Eduardo Pereda, at a check presentation ceremony to MD Anderson representatives. “Together, with the support of our generous customers and our passionate Stripes team members, we surpassed our highest expectations. The grand total of this campaign, along with the matching funds from our partnering foundations, will impact the Children’s Cancer Hospital and pediatric hospitals in our Stripes communities, allowing them to offer more hope and healing for many children.”
MD Anderson will direct 100% of donations from the “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign toward research for improved cancer treatments that will help save lives everywhere. Funds will also go to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital’s Pediatric Education and Creative Arts Program, one of only two privately accredited K-12 hospital schools in the nation.
“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Stripes employees and appreciate their enthusiasm and commitment to raise as much money as possible to help children with cancer,” said Ron DePinho, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “We are extremely thankful for their generous contribution to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. Stripes employees and customers share our passion to end this disease, and that passion has most certainly driven the tremendous results of this campaign.”
The company also launched an internal employee fundraising campaign. The employees hosted baked sales and other fundraising events throughout the Company’s regional offices, and the totals are reflected in the overall donation to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.
Stripes operates over 645 convenience stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, over 580 under the Stripes banner and 47 under the Sac-N-Pac banner.