CONCORD, Calif., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2007, Round Table Family Charities raised $350,000 for Children's Miracle Network (CMN), an alliance of premiere children's hospitals throughout the United States. This is the second consecutive year Round Table Family Charities has devoted its efforts to CMN and the cause of helping children.
Central to the fundraising effort was Round Table Family Charities' Second Annual Golf Tournament. The event, held in the fall, raised $212,000 for Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland. Part of those funds will go towards the purchase of a portable ultrasound machine for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The remaining $138,000, raised by Round Table Pizza restaurants through a balloon drive, will go to other allied CMN hospitals and provide treatment for children whose families could not otherwise afford it.
"There are more than 240,000 patient visits at Children's Hospital & Research Center in Oakland. No child is turned away because of inability to pay," explains Suzanne M. Beauregard, director of Corporate Relations at Children's Hospital. "Round Table Family Charities has helped to provide needed funds so that we can continue to serve these children. Their passion and commitment to help us create miracles is truly amazing."
The event, spearheaded by Round Table Family Charities' president and board member and Round Table Pizza, Inc.'s president Rob McCourt, was the culmination of months of planning and hundreds of volunteer hours logged by Round Table Pizza employees. "It was wonderful to see the energy everyone put into this cause," says McCourt.
Last year, Round Table Family Charities raised $250,000 for Children's Miracle Network. This year, the organization bested that number by $100,000.
"The impact we had on families with last year's fundraiser was truly inspiring. It drove everyone to work harder and raise even more," says McCourt. "It took the entire Round Table Pizza extended family to make this a success, from cashiers selling balloons in the restaurants, to vendors and franchisees donating auction items and attending the tournament."
The charity event is much more than an exercise in corporate philanthropy. In fact, for several Round Table Pizza employees, it's personal. Round Table Family Charities was established after an employee's grandson underwent a successful heart surgery at Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland. A conversation about the surgery with McCourt, whose daughter was also treated there, spurned the idea for a charity. Shortly after, Round Table Family Charities was born and Round Table Pizza's corporate employees and restaurant managers were given two paid days off to volunteer in their communities.
"Round Table Family Charities is a stellar example of a company giving back to the community," says Dan Pontius, director of Sponsor Development at CMN. "Their drive and enthusiasm to help children is a standard to be followed."
About Children's Miracle Network
Children's Miracle Network (CMN) is an alliance of premier children's hospitals. Every year, CMN hospitals treat 17 million children for disease and injury. CMN hospitals provide state-of-the-art care, life-saving research and preventative education for children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is a CMN hospital dedicated to serving children in every community across the United States and Canada.
About Round Table Family Charities
Round Table Family Charities is a non-profit public benefit corporation that supports efforts to aid families in crisis. The organization focuses on health, security and nourishment and works with groups that help children with medical challenges and provide secure lodging and food to struggling families.
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