Eat’n Park Restaurants’ Caring for Kids Campaign raises money for children’s hospital

MORGANTOWN — WVU Medicine Children’s hospital will receive $7,706 raised during Eat’n Park Restaurants’ Caring for Kids Campaign.

The 40th annual campaign raises funds for children’s hospitals throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. This year’s campaign raised $381,052, which brings the campaign grand total to over $11 million raised since its start in 1979.

“We are extremely thankful and honored for the generous support from our team members, guests and partners every year,” said Trina DeMarco, director of community impact for Eat’n Park Hospitality Group.

“Because of their devotion to the Caring for Kids campaign, we are able to help children in our communities receive the medical care they deserve. We cannot thank them enough for contributing to the campaign.”

For the ninth consecutive year, Neighborhood Ford Store partnered with Eat’n Park and donated a new Ford vehicle for a drawing. A guest at the Eat’n Park restaurant in DuBois, Pa., won a 2018 Ford EcoSport. More than 37,000 tickets were purchased, and over $75,000 raised to benefit the campaign.

“First, we want to thank everyone over the years who has participated in the Caring for Kids vehicle raffle. … The 2018 EcoSport is the newest addition to Ford’s family of SUVs, so we are thrilled it will be a new addition to the winner’s family, too,” said Kathleen Wagler, Neighborhood Ford Store chairperson.

In addition to WVU Medicine Children’s, 18 other hospitals across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Illinois benefit from the initiative.

They are Akron’s Children Hospital, Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley, Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Four Diamonds Fund At Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Geisinger Health System, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Penn Highlands DuBois, ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Saint Vincent Health System, University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital and UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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