Stripes, Laredo Taco Exceed $1 Million Fundraising Goal

Funds will benefit 13 children's hospitals in three states

San Susser Stripes (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores)

Sam Susser (holding check), with Stripes convenience stores, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals representatives.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Stripes convenience stores, along with Laredo Taco Co., surpassed their goal of raising $1 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) during the 10th annual Miracle Balloon icon campaign from March 31 to April 27. Stripes and Laredo Taco raised a total of $1,177,804.27 in more than 580 locations.

The total is a 24% increase over last year's fundraising total; in all, Stripes has raised almost $5 million for CMNH through its partnership.

The funds will flow directly to 13 member facilities throughout Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Stripes employees asked customers to "put their money where the miracles are" and purchase a $1 Miracle Balloon icon to raise the funds. They rewarded each customer donation with a free 12-ounce Slush Monkey and a buy-one-get-one free Smokin' Barrel snack promotion.

"What an honor it is to present more than $1.1 million to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals," said Sam L. Susser, chairman and CEO of Susser Holdings Corp., parent company of Stripes LLC, at a check presentation ceremony. "Together, with the support of our generous customers and our passionate team members, we surpassed our highest expectations. The grand total of this campaign will impact 13 different pediatric hospitals in our Stripes communities, and they will be able to offer more hope and healing for many children. They are the true 'Miracle Makers'."

As with all CMNH fundraisers, dollars generated from Stripes' in-store campaigns stay local to benefit sick and injured kids in the community in which funds were raised. These funds help create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of millions of children treated at CMNH each year.

"We are so thankful for Stripes Convenience Stores for another record-breaking fundraising year," said John Lauck, president and CEO of CMNH. "Funds generated through these annual campaigns provide lifesaving care and needed treatments. ... These donations are vital for hospitals to continue to provide the best possible medical care for sick and injured kids."

Based in Corpus Christi, Texas, Susser Holdings is a third-generation, family-led business with more thanr 1,240 company-operated or contracted convenience store locations. It is the parent company of Stripes and owns the general partner of Susser Petroleum Partners LP. The company operates approximately 634 c-stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, more than 580 under the Stripes banner and 47 under the Sac-N-Pac banner. They offer restaurant service in more 400 of c-stores, primarily under the proprietary Laredo Taco Co. brand.  The wholesale division distributes approximately 1.6 billion gallons of motor fuel annually to Stripes stores, independently operated consignment locations, c-stores and retail fuel outlets operated by independent operators and other commercial customers in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners has acquired Susser Holdings.

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers