GPM-owned Convenience Stores Run Holiday Campaign to Support Muscular Dystrophy Association

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GPM Investments, the sixth largest convenience store chain in the U.S., is running its “Tis the Season for Giving” holiday campaign throughout December to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Since 2012, the company’s partnership with the association has generated more than $1.2 million, which has been used to improve the lives of those living with neuromuscular diseases, including muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The funds have also supported MDA’s grants program which promotes early and clinical research, and care in local communities nationwide.

“We’re honored to work together in our communities during the holiday season to help support MDA services, fund research and care for people living with muscle disease in the communities where we operate,” Arie Kotler, CEO of GPM, said in a press release.

“For more than 6 years, GPM Investments and the 1,400 convenience stores it operates under its brand names, associates, and customers have made the holidays a season of giving back through our holiday campaign to raise vital funds for individuals and families living with neuromuscular diseases in our communities,” he added.

GPM associates in its company-operated locations in 23 U.S. states will sell MDA holiday pinups for $1 this month, and invite guests to round up their purchase to the nearest whole dollar to support MDA.

The proceeds gathered during the campaign will go to MDA’s Care Center Network, which includes more than 150 of the top hospitals and medical research institutions in the United States, and where patients and their families can get expert clinical care. The funds will also help finance MDA’s Summer Camps for children, 8 to 17 years old, living with muscular dystrophy.

“We are extremely thankful for the generosity of GPM Investments and all of their associates, customers and supplier partners who have opened their hearts during the holiday season to help fund MDA’s mission to find breakthrough treatments and innovative care for families living with neuromuscular diseases,” said Lynn O’Connor Vos, president and CEO of MDA.

“It is incredible to see this partnership continue to grow, as GPM grows. We are so appreciative of GPM’s efforts,” she added.