PITTSBURGH, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In its second year, Equitable Gas once again partnered with local McDonald's restaurants for the Fueling Your Day With Love Campaign as part of its efforts to improve the well-being of children in Western Pennsylvania and the communities it serves. Today, Equitable Gas donated $24,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh, which exceeded last year's donation by $7,000.
The Fueling Your Day With Love Campaign began on March 19 and ran through April 30 and was also supported by Renda Broadcasting. For the campaign, Equitable Gas pledged to donate two cents per cup of Premium Roast Drip Coffee sold at all local McDonald's restaurants during this time period.
Accepting the check on behalf of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh was Matt Cooke, professional hockey player in Pittsburgh, who enthusiastically volunteered to be this year's campaign spokesman. Mr. Cooke volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh and helped inspire the goal for the campaign. Since Mr. Cooke wears jersey number 24 while playing hockey, the campaign's goal was for neighborhood McDonald's restaurants in western Pennsylvania to sell 1.2 million cups of McDonald's Premium Roast Drip Coffee and Equitable Gas would donate $24,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. They were just shy of selling 1.2 million cups, but Equitable Gas generously agreed to make up the difference to still provide the full donation amount to the charity.
"Improving the well-being of children and supporting families throughout our service territory in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky is a priority for Equitable Gas and the highly successful Fueling Your Day With Love Campaign allows us to act on this priority," said Bill Lucas, President of Equitable Gas Company. "Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh is vital to many families traveling to Pittsburgh from throughout our region seeking medical care for their children and Equitable Gas is proud to partner with our local McDonald's restaurants to assist this wonderful community asset."
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh provides temporary housing to families who have traveled to the Pittsburgh area seeking life-saving medical care for their children. Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home during one of the most difficult times in a family's life. By providing the necessities of home, Ronald McDonald House helps families focus solely on the well-being of their children.
Equitable Gas Company is a provider of safe and dependable natural gas service to approximately 275,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers located mainly in the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Its customer base also includes more than 200 municipalities in nine other counties in western Pennsylvania, 12 counties in central and northern West Virginia, and nine counties in Kentucky. Additional information about Equitable Gas can be obtained through its website at www.equitablegas.com.
McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at any of the 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.McDToday.com.
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