GPM Investments LLC announced that its 2016 MDA Holiday Fundraising Program raised over $190,000 to help liberate children and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.
For the entire month of December, more than 700 GPM convenience stores throughout the East Coast and Midwest, including Fas Mart, Shore Stop, Scotchman, Village Pantry, Apple Market, BreadBox, Li’l Cricket, Next Door Store, Young’s and their customers, participated in a fundraising program in which customers purchased paper pinups for $1 to help find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases. Each pinup purchased by these generous customers was prominently displayed at the participating stores to symbolize strength, independence and life for MDA families in the community.
“Once again, GPM’ stores and its customers and employees have gone above and beyond to make a meaningful difference for people whose everyday freedoms—like walking, talking and even breathing—have been taken away by neuromuscular diseases,” said MDA Fundraising Coordinator, Stephanie Blazek. “In the last three years alone, GPM has raised over half a million dollars to support MDA and help us find ways to help our families live longer and grow stronger.”
GPM executives Arie Kotler, president and CEO, and Chris Giacobone, chief operating officer, presented the generous check of $190,023 together at an area Fas Mart convenience store to an MDA Goodwill Ambassador.
Funds raised this year made MDA Summer Camp possible for more than 90 children where they can experience the best week of the year and at no cost to their families.
The company, based in Richmond, Va., operates or supplies fuel to stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.