CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - Nov 29, 2012) - Maaco® and Meineke®, part of the Driven Brands family of automotive brands, today announced a multi-year, multi-million dollar fundraising commitment that will benefit 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) across the United States and Canada. This commitment by Driven Brands to expand its longtime partnership with CMN Hospitals coincides with the newly established Driven Brands Charitable Foundation. The Foundation is seeking to raise $1 million a year working in conjunction with Driven Brands' franchisees, principals, vendors, customers and employees.
"For more than 5 years, we have proudly supported Children Miracle Network Hospitals in its mission to provide life-saving medical care to children in need across North America," said Noah Pollack, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Driven Brands. "We are proud to continue building on this positive partnership through our Driven Brands Charitable Foundation, which was established to support philanthropic efforts in the communities where our franchisees and customers live and work."
The Driven Brands Charitable Foundation launched this new unprecedented fundraising effort earlier this month at the 40th Annual Maaco® Franchise Convention held in Florida. With the generous support of its franchise community, the foundation raised commitments for $410,000 in just 5 days.
"Our member hospitals are well known for the first-class care they provide," said John Lauck, president and CEO, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. "They are lesser known for the fact that they are nonprofit organizations and rely heavily on community assistance. We appreciate Driven Brands' commitment to help the kids in their communities and look forward to the many miracles that will result from their generous support."
Maaco® and Meineke® will continue to support Driven Brands Charitable Foundation's efforts throughout the year with in-shop promotions at the more than 1400 locations. All funds raised from this campaign will help create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that will continue to save and improve the lives of millions of children treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in the U.S. and Canada each year.
Founded in 1972, Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting (www.maaco.com) repairs accident damage, dents and faded paint for close to 500,000 drivers annually. The 450 franchises have restored the safety and beauty of all types of vehicles for nearly 40 years. MAACO Franchising, Inc., headquartered in King of Prussia, Pa, has been cited numerous times by Entrepreneur magazine as #1 in its category in the Annual Franchise 500 survey.
Beginning in 1972, Meineke Car Care Centers (www.meineke.com) has expanded its menu of product offerings to meet the demands of a changing marketplace. In 1986, the chain relocated from Houston, TX to Charlotte, NC. Demonstrating steady growth, both domestically and internationally with locations in Canada, Mexico, South Korea, the Mid-East, China and new openings scheduled for Chile and Caribbean, Meineke now represents over 900 franchised service centers, with an additional 100 licenses sold and in development. The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers recognized Meineke in 2001 as its first automotive industry Franchisor to earn the coveted Fair Franchising Seal. Meineke regularly appears in Entrepreneur Magazine's Annual Franchise 500 (55nd overall and #1 in class for 2011), a list of the 500 best franchise opportunities in America.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals:
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 top and nonprofit children's hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.