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    Circle K, E-Z Mart Help Children

    Children's Miracle Network selects Circle K as c-store chain of the year, while E-Z Mart donates nearly $22,000 to local schools.

    NEW YORK -- The Children's Miracle Network recently recognized the Circle K chain of convenience stores as its 2007 Convenience Store chain of the year. The chain raised $700,000 annually to help affiliated children's hospitals in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions, the organization stated.

    The award recognizes and honors the efforts of the chain’s management teams and associates, who sell fundraising Miracle Balloons each year in stores, which support millions of children treated at children's hospitals, the network stated.

    "We are deeply honored by Children's Miracle Network selecting us as the 2007 Convenience Store chain of the year," Darrell Davis, Circle K vice president of Midwest operations, said in a statement. "Circle K is proud to share a special relationship with an organization so committed to the health care of children everywhere."

    Since 2000, the Circle K Midwest and Great Lakes divisions -- which consist of 675 sites across seven states -- have been national sponsors of the Children's Miracle Network, and raised more than $2.5 million for children's hospitals in those regions of the U.S.

    In other community service news, Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart stores recently awarded local educators with nearly $22,000, which was generated by proceeds from the annual E-Z MART-Jim Yates Memorial Charity Golf Classic.

    The funds will create education grants for the school systems located in the communities served by the convenience chain, and pay for necessary tools. This year, grants doubled the amount of the 2006 funds, which totaled $10,000.

    Grant applications were available to kindergarten through high school teachers. Nearly 100 grant applications were received, which were subsequently reviewed and scored by the E-Z MART Contributions Committee. In total, 30 grants were awarded to 22 schools, which represent 15 school districts, the company stated.

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