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Maaco’s inaugural golf outing raised more than $15,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. All of the money goes to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), which treats 1 million patients a year for all kinds of injury and illness.
“No child is turned away, thanks in large part to the funds raised in the community by people like Maaco,” said Children’s Miracle Network at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Director Robin Valentino. “People who take time out of their days and their schedules to do golf tournaments and raise funds for kids they know or may never know.”
“This is the beginning of a long-term relationship between Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting and the Children’s Miracle Network,” Maaco President David Lapps told more than 100 franchisees, suppliers and staff at the Club at Shannondell in Audubon, Pa. “This is good for the community, and it’s good for us. It’s created a great deal of excitement and camaraderie throughout our entire organization.”
Special guests Brad and Natalie Okoniewski and their baby Caroline Grace exemplified why Maaco will continue raising funds for CHOP. Mr. Okoniewski spoke movingly about Caroline’s premature birth and the struggles she had to go through.
“The first miracle was God giving Caroline the will to live and the strength to overcome all her challenges. The second was all her wonderful doctors and nurses at CHOP who made the right decisions at extremely critical times in her life and lovingly cared for her. There is no place we would rather have been in the entire world,” he said.
Founded in 1972, Maaco Franchising, Inc., repairs and paints more than 600,000 vehicles annually at 475 franchised collision repair and auto painting centers. Maaco is based in King of Prussia, Pa.