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CMN Hospitals 2015 Balloon Campaign: Making Miracles Happen

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Associates throughout the chain showed their passion for raising much-needed funds in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during Rite Aid’s 2015 Miracle Balloon campaign which ran March 8 through April 25.

Throughout the seven-week campaign, Rite Aid associates asked every customer if they would like to purchase a $1 paper Miracle Balloon. To show appreciation, those who contributed received $7 in coupons for a variety of items sold at Rite Aid.

Rite Aid associates also organize special community events, such as car washes and bake sales, to raise additional funds. Associates nationwide are busy preparing for this year’s many golf outings, including the 13th Annual CMNH golf tournament to be held May 18 and the 16th Executive Car Wash for CMN Hospitals car wash to be held July 17, both in Camp Hill, Pa.

“Rite Aid’s annual campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is just one of the many ways we bring our core value of being a caring neighbor to life,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president, chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Our associates and supplier partners have such a passion for supporting their local children’s hospitals and I know that, through their efforts this year, they will make even more miracles happen.”

Since becoming a sponsor in 1994, Rite Aid, with the generous support of its supplier partners, has raised nearly $70 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Rite Aid is also the organization’s sixth largest corporate partner. All funds raised support CMN Hospitals in providing pediatric equipment, treatments, research, therapy programs and charitable care benefiting local sick and injured kids.

“We are excited to be celebrating the start of another campaign with our long-time partner, Rite Aid,” said John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. “We are so grateful for the support we receive each year, including $6.3 million in 2014, the 20th anniversary of our partnership. Each dollar Rite Aid customers, associates and supplier partners raise truly goes a long way in helping create miracles for sick and injured children.”

In November, CMN Hospitals named Rite Aid’s Paul Hanko, vice president of Supply Chain, its 2014 Corporate Person of the Year at its annual Momentum celebration on Nov. 12 in Disney World in Orlando, Fla. He is the third Rite Aid associate to receive a national award from CMNH.

Rite Aid Vice President of Supply Chain Replenishment Paul Hanko (center) accepts CMN Hospitals Corporate Person of the Year award from CMNH Chief Corporate Partnership Officer Clark Sweat (left) and CMNH Spokesperson and former NFL player Steve Young (right).

Rite Aid Vice President of Supply Chain Replenishment Paul Hanko (center) accepts CMN Hospitals Corporate Person of the Year award from CMNH Chief Corporate Partnership Officer Clark Sweat (left) and CMNH Spokesperson and former NFL player Steve Young (right).

Paul’s leadership and long-standing devotion to helping organize Rite Aid’s annual Corporate Golf Tournament is a big reason the 2014 event raised over $160,000—doubling the amount raised in 2013—for the children at CMN Hospitals.