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Stripes Convenience Stores operates more than 525 convenience stores in Texas and Louisiana. Stripes is owned by 7-Eleven, the largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry.
Since 2014, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Stripes Convenience Stores has conducted the in-store fundraising campaign, Stripes Stores Celebrates Tomorrows.
The in-store campaigns, combined with generous employee giving efforts, have raised more than $4.8 million to support cancer research, education, prevention and hospital programs for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer.
Energy Transfer /Sunoco Foundation
Since 2016, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has hosted a month-long employee giving campaign to raise funds in support of childhood cancer research and treatment. Throughout the month, ETP shares patient and caregiver stories from members of their team highlighting their experience with MD Anderson.
Dallas-based ETP, a master limited partnership with one of the largest and most diversified energy portfolios in the U.S., and its employees have given more than $2.7 million to MD Anderson since 2014. When combined with Sunoco giving, this number is more than $4.4 million. These funds have supported key pediatric cancer research initiatives.
Founded in 1966, IBC Bank is a multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas with 204 facilities and more than 309 ATMs serving 88 communities in Texas and Oklahoma.
IBC Bank launched an End Cancer campaign in June 2016 to raise funds to support MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program™. The campaign ran through October 2016.
IBC Bank encouraged customers, employees and the communities it serves to support the cause by making a donation at any IBC Bank or by donating online. Specific markets also hosted community fundraising events, such as golf tournaments, galas and fashion shows. IBC Bank matched every dollar raised, donating a final total of more than $2 million to MD Anderson.
In 2019, a new campaign with similar components will launch in April and run through September.
Jason’s Deli is a fast casual deli restaurant chain, originally founded in 1976. The company has approximately 260 locations in 28 states.
Since 2014, Jason’s Deli has helped raise funds to support MD Anderson through its Strike Through Cancer campaign.
In April 2017, Jason’s Deli launched its fourth salad collaboration with MD Anderson: the Salmon Pacifica Salad. The salad was co-developed by Jason’s Deli and MD Anderson’s clinical dietitians and cancer prevention researchers. MD Anderson receives 50 cents from each Salmon Pacifica Salad sold.
Since October 2013, Jason’s Deli has raised more than $925,000 for cancer research and programs.
In 2015, the campaign was the recipient of the Gold Halo Award "Best Health Campaign."
H-E-B Grocery Stores is a privately owned supermarket chain based in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 370 stores throughout Texas and northeast Mexico.
Since 2016, H-E-B has conducted an End Cancer campaign through at-register displays in more than 300 communities across Texas, where customers had the opportunity to donate $1, $3 or $5 for cancer research. This campaign has raised more than $800,000 with 100% of donations benefiting MD Anderson cancer programs and research.
A video showcasing the alliance was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival.
MD Anderson has a longstanding relationship with H-E-B, which includes:
- A prestigious and impactful H-E-B Professorship in Cancer Research, established in 2007
- MD Anderson Children’s Art Project product sales in H-E-B Texas stores for more than 20 years, with proceeds benefiting cancer programs for pediatric cancer patients
Pappas Restaurants is a privately owned restaurant group headquartered in Houston, Texas, with more than 100 restaurants, featuring nine unique concepts in eight states.
Starting in 2015, Pappas Restaurants conducted an End Cancer fundraising campaign at select restaurants in Texas to raise funds for cancer research. During the campaign period, guests at Pappas Restaurants who donated $1 or more received an MD Anderson End Cancer collector’s cup, featuring artwork from MD Anderson Children’s Art Project.
Guests also received End Cancer stickers to write and post on large displays featured at participating restaurants.
Pappas Steakhouse offers a special promotion to support the campaign by donating a portion of sales from a specialty dessert to MD Anderson.
Since 2015, Pappas Restaurants has raised more than $640,000 for cancer research and programs. This contribution includes $275,000 in matching funds from Pappas Restaurants.
Kendra Scott Jewelry is a billion-dollar jewelry company, headquartered in Austin, TX, with more than 75 stores including one in Selfridges in London.
The alliance between Kendra Scott and MD Anderson began in 2014 with what is now known as the Kendra Cares Program. With the Kendra Cares Program, the brand’s Color Bar™ experience is brought to the Children’s Cancer Hospital for patients and families to create their own pieces of jewelry at no cost.
To date, Kendra Scott has raised more than $175,000 through various activities such as National Giveback Days, pop-up shops at MD Anderson and sales from a special MD Anderson charm. Funds raised from these efforts support childhood cancer research and programs, including osteosarcoma research and a summer camps program for pediatric patients.
Topgolf is a global sports entertainment community operating 32 venues worldwide.
MD Anderson and Topgolf announced its alliance in May 2017. This collaboration aims to educate Topgolf guests about sun-safety habits to prevent skin cancer, and raise funds for cancer research and programs at MD Anderson.
Throughout May and June, Topgolf guests will receive potentially lifesaving sun-safety tips from MD Anderson experts to help prevent skin cancer. During July, guests will be asked to make a $5 minimum donation to MD Anderson. Donors will receive a $10 play coupon for a return visit to Topgolf.
All funds raised through the Topgolf End Cancer campaign support programs and research in MD Anderson’s Center for Energy Balance, which aims to better understand the connection between a healthy lifestyle and cancer.
Walmart is the largest retail corporation in the world with more than 11,200 stores in 278 countries.
Starting in 2017, Walmart initiated fundraising in support of MD Anderson’s Boot Walk to End Cancer® and raised more than $290,000 at more than 60 stores. In 2018, Walmart expanded the fundraiser to more than 100 stores in Houston and surrounding cities, including Galveston, Beaumont and College Station, and raised more than $1 million for the Boot Walk.
Walmart fundraising included collecting change at every register, hosting in-store bake sales, and organizing fun activities to encourage customers to visit stores and donate. All funds raised support cancer research and programs at MD Anderson.
In addition to fundraising, Walmart was a gold sponsor of the 2018 Boot Walk and distributed healthy snacks and water to participants at the event.
Torchy’s Tacos, founded in 2006, is a chain of taco restaurants that operates 30 stores and a food truck in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.
Since 2015, Torchy’s Tacos has given a portion of sales from each taco of the month to causes they love – one of which is MD Anderson.
MD Anderson’s Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research (located in Bastrop, Texas) has received more than $220,000 dollars from Torchy’s to purchase new equipment critical for early stage cancer research.
Southwest Airlines® has generously supported MD Anderson over the past 10 years. Its Medical Transportation Grant Program, which provides travel to nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation organizations, offers approximately 750 round trip flights each year to benefit MD Anderson cancer patients and their families.
In addition to the flights, MD Anderson was also the recipient of a $100,000 fundraising check from the Southwest LUV Classic Golf Tournament in 2017.
United Airlines is the third largest airline headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
Since 2014, MD Anderson has been one of the selected organizations included in United Airlines’ MileagePlus Charity Miles donation program. Donated miles provide our patients and caregivers in need with travel to and from Houston for treatment. United Airlines customers have donated more than 5.4 million miles to MD Anderson’s patients in the past three years.
United also generously supports MD Anderson with travel certificates for patients and caregivers and donated funds for the purchasing of two sets of MRI googles for our pediatric patients.