PARSIPPANY — Make-A-Wish® New Jersey and 52 Jersey Mike’s Subs locations in North and Central New Jersey joined forces this March during the 7th Annual “Month of Giving”. The month-long campaign raised an astounding $263,749 for Make-A-Wish New Jersey, whose mission is to grant the wishes of local children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Jersey Mike’s has a location at 317 Smith Road.
Additional funds were raised for other Make-A-Wish chapters at 95 Jersey Mike’s locations around the country, resulting in a $434,610 contribution to Make-A-Wish nationwide. Overall, Jersey Mike’s raised over $5.5 million during the month for nearly 150 charities from coast-to-coast.
“I would like to thank our extraordinary customers, franchise owners, team members and charity partners who helped us raise the most ever during Jersey Mike’s 7th Annual Month of Giving in March,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s Founder and CEO. “Our mission statement has always been focused on making a difference in people’s lives.”
Make-A-Wish New Jersey kicked off the “Month of Giving” on March 1st by lighting up its magical and whimsical wish-granting facility, the Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place, home of Make-A-Wish New Jersey, in red and blue – Jersey Mike’s official colors. Jersey Mike’s Subs customers were encouraged to make a donation at their local restaurants throughout the month, culminating with a special event on March 29 – Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” – when 52 local Jersey Mike’s restaurants donated 100 percent of the day’s sales to Make-A-Wish New Jersey.
“Now in our fourth decade in New Jersey, we have long known that a wish experience is nothing short of life-changing for a child with a life-threatening medical condition,” commented Tom Weatherall, President & Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish New Jersey. “We pick up where science and medicine leave off, and can be just as important as their treatment protocols. We’ve witnessed – thousands upon thousands of times – the hope, strength and joy a wish gives a child, and the difference it can make in their lives and their family’s lives. The entire team at Jersey Mike’s Subs, and their loyal patrons, have shown us that they, too, believe in the power of a wish, and we are deeply humbled by the success of the 2017 “Month – and Day of – Giving. On behalf of our team, but mostly the children we serve all across New Jersey, thank you Jersey Mike’s Subs!”
Make-A-Wish New Jersey has granted over 9,000 wishes in its 34-year-history – 483 last year alone. With a goal of granting well over 500 wishes this year, the generous support of corporations like Jersey Mike’s is critical to the organization’s continued success. Through their $263,000 donation, approximately 25 more New Jersey children with life-threatening medical conditions will experience a wish-come-true in the coming months.
On May 11, Make-A-Wish New Jersey will host a “Day of Gratitude” at the Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place, inviting Jersey Mike’s leadership and local wish kids alike, to celebrate the success of the “Month of Giving” and to honor and thank Jersey Mike’s for their support.
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