Since 2000, Circle K stores in the Great Lakes Division have made a difference in the lives of patients at Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. Between a large-scale golf outing at three courses in Uniontown, Ohio to grassroot campaigns, the convenience retailer has donated $1 million to Akron Children’s Hospital over four years.
Circle K has hosted a golf outing for more than 11 years to raise money for charities in communities where it operates. More than 400 golfers participate in this annual outing at Prestwick, Raintree and Mayfair country clubs, which includes a reception, silent auction and dinner. It also includes visits from local professional athletes.
Since its inception in 2007, the event has raised $4.5 million. Last year, the event raised $502,000 for local charities, including $87,500 for Akron Children’s.
“Circle K Great Lakes is committed to supporting the Northeast Ohio community and is proud to partner once again with CMN,” said Jack Wiolland, charity golf chairman and category manager for Circle K Great Lakes. “We are extremely fortunate to have all our business and supplier partners contribute at a high level to make a difference in the lives of local children in need.”
Each April, Circle K employees and their customers enthusiastically support CMN Hospitals through its annual Miracle Balloon campaign. Cashiers collect $1 at checkout for balloon icons displayed throughout each store. Funds are distributed to local children’s hospitals based on a store’s location. In 2017 alone, Circle K collected $163,070 for Akron Children’s.
“We are honored to be involved with raising funds that directly help children and families at Akron Children’s and beyond,” said Elizabeth Smith, human resources director for Circle K Great Lakes. “While Circle K is a big company, we have team members with even bigger hearts who want to give back to their communities.”
These initiatives are personal to Smith and many others in the Circle K family, who have not only contributed but have also been helped personally by Akron Children’s and its staff.
“My son, who is now 19 and healthy, was very sick as a small child. He received the most compassionate care from the doctors and staff at Akron Children’s,” said Smith. “I will never forget how calm they were around my scared little boy.”
Visit your local Circle K stores now through May 13 to donate to the balloon icon campaign benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital.