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SALT LAKE CITY -- Speedway SuperAmerica (SSA) received the Philanthropy and Community Outreach Project of The Year award for 2007 for its work with the Children’s Miracle Network from its parent company, Marathon Oil Corp.
SSA operates roughly 1,600 stores in nine states throughout the Midwest and is the largest contributor to Children’s Miracle Network, an international non-profit organization that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals.
"Even in a downturn economy, Speedway SuperAmerica has embraced the idea of giving back," Jim Hall, president and chief operating officer of Children's Miracle Network, said in a released statement. "They have shown continual fundraising support for our 170 associated children’s hospitals despite the economic crunch. With their help, we are able to touch the lives of millions of sick and injured children each year."
The award is in conjunction with Marathon’s annual Living Our Values Global Awards and Recognition Program. Developed in 2005, Hall explained that program recognizes teams, departments and organizations that put Marathon’s corporate values into action both in the workplace, the marketplace and in the communities and cultures where Marathon operates around the world.
SSA President Tony Kenney explained the company has been a sponsor of the Children’s Miracle Network since 1992. Over the last 16 years, SSA has raised nearly $24 million for Children's Miracle Network hospitals through programs such as canister campaigns, grassroots fundraising activities, employee payroll deduction programs and an annual corporate golf tournament.
"Our Children's Miracle Network campaign speaks to the commitment and dedication of all of our employees to the communities that we are honored to serve," Kenney said in a released statement.