CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Meineke team joined forces with Driven Brands Charitable Foundation to host the 15th Annual Meineke Tournament of Champions at the picturesque The Golf Club at Ballantyne. The fundraising event benefited Carolinas Healthcare System's Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), raising $80,000 for this great cause.
The fundraising effort was spearheaded by more than 160 attendees representing generous vendors, franchisees and employees. PITCH, Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly Auto Parts, American Tire Distributors, Web.com and other sponsors contributed by sponsorship donations and provided amazing prizes through both silent and live auction.
"Giving back to our communities, on a local and national level, is at the core of Meineke," said Paul Clayton, President, Meineke. "This is a testament to the generosity and support of our sponsors, franchisees, volunteers and our employees who are dedicated to helping children in our communities. We have partnered with Children's Miracle Network and have committed to raise over $100,000 per year through joint fundraising promotions."
Meineke, a Driven Brands company, hosted the golf tournament in collaboration with the Driven Brands Charitable Foundation. The Driven Brands Charitable Foundation was formed in 2012 and is fully dedicated to supporting children's health and education causes. The Foundation's goal is to raise awareness and funds to support causes on a local and national level - $5 Million in five years, in furtherance of its vision to imbue its customers, franchisees and employees with a connection to Children's Miracle Network.
"We are thankful to Meineke and the Driven Brands Charitable Foundation for their commitment to help children," said Scott Kerr, Senior Vice President, Carolinas Healthcare Foundation. "Because of their support, we are able to provide much-needed healthcare to miracle children through our network of hospitals," added Kerr.
Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. is a division of Driven Brands, Inc., the leading automotive aftermarket franchisor in the world. Founded in 1972, Meineke has over 900 centers that service approximately 3 million cars a year. Over the years, Meineke has expanded its product offerings to better meet the demands of its customers and a changing marketplace. Meineke continues to be ranked as one of the best franchise opportunities in the country and has recently won top franchise rankings from Forbes, Franchise Times and Entrepreneur Magazine. For more information, please visit meineke.com.
About Driven Brands Charitable Foundation
Founded in 2012, Driven Brands Charitable Foundation is 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. The Foundation is seeking to raise $1 million a year working in conjunction with Driven Brands' franchisees, principals, vendors, customers and employees.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion —most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed the most. 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.com.