Speedway celebrates 25 years of miracles
Marathon Petroleum Corporation's (MPC's) retail subsidiary, Speedway LLC, is celebrating 25 years of supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMNH). Since the partnership began in 1991, Speedway has raised more than $78 million for the charity through a variety of initiatives, including canister and miracle balloon icon campaigns, bowl-a-thons and employee payroll contributions.
The partnership has grown through the years, with Speedway becoming the largest convenience store partner for CMNH in the nation and the fourth-largest contributor overall. Since 1991, Speedway has hosted the Speedway Miracle Tournament and in 2013, in conjunction with the Miracle Tournament, began hosting the Speedway Miracle Celebration Dinner. Both events remain major fundraisers for CMNH.
The Speedway Miracle Tournament has grown to become the largest golf outing in the country benefiting CMNH. Nearly 800 golfers participated in the 2016 event, which is projected to raise $2.25 million. During the outing, through Speedway’s Miracle Children Program, patients from locally supported hospitals were able to share their stories, which relayed the importance of the donations in providing critical treatments and services.
At the Speedway Miracle Celebration Dinner, six pieces of artwork created by miracle children were auctioned, raising more than $40,000. In honor of the 25th anniversary, Marie Osmond, co-founder of CMNH, attended the 2016 dinner.
Over the years, numerous recognitions have been awarded to Speedway by CMNH for fundraising efforts that benefit local children’s hospitals in the communities in which Speedway operates. A family kitchen on the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) floor at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; support for Kosair Children’s Hospital transport team; a family waiting area in the neonatal intensive care unit and PICU at Beaumont Children’s; the Speedway Burn Center at Riley Hospital for Children; a mobile intensive care unit and giraffe beds at Dayton Children’s Hospital are just a few examples of the generosity and impact made by Speedway.
“I am quite proud of Speedway’s partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and humbled by the generosity of our customers and vendor partners as well as the passion of our employees for this very worthwhile cause,” says Tony Kenney, president of Speedway. “After all, it is for the kids. When you hear their stories of bravery and courage, you too will understand why Speedway is so passionate in our efforts to help. These are the children in our own backyards, and they deserve our very best effort.”