Circle K Midwest, Great Lakes Raising Funds for Children's Miracle Network

Three-week campaign to benefit 32 hospitals across 12 states

SALT LAKE CITY -- During the month of April, Midwest and Great Lakes Circle K Convenience stores are asking customers to purchase a Miracle Balloon icons to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds for more than 170 pediatric hospitals.

Participating Circle K c-stores are raising money for children's hospitals by selling balloon icons for $1, or larger balloons for a $3, $5 or $10 donation. The 1,000 participating Circle K Stores have set a goal to raise at least $1,000 each.

Because all donations to Children's Miracle Network [image-nocss] Hospitals stay in the community where the donation was made, 32 children's hospitals close to participating Circle K locations will benefit from the fundraising campaign. Benefiting hospitals often use Children's Miracle Network Hospitals funds to purchase life-saving equipment, invest in research or training, or cover the medical costs of uninsured or underinsured pediatric patients.

Circle K has been a partner of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals since 2003, raising more than $4 million for children's hospitals through different fundraising campaigns. In 2010, Circle K raised $1 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Circle K Midwest and Great Lakes Divisions are both part of the Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. network of stores and operate more than 1,000 c-stores in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it is needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 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 our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Laval, Quebec-based Couche-Tard currently operates a network of 5,904 c-stores, 4,178 of which include motor-fuel dispensing. The stores are operated by 12 business units, including nine in the United States covering 42 states and the District of Columbia, and three in Canada covering all 10 provinces.