Western Refining and its Howdy’s convenience stores in the El Paso area will help raise vital funds during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Summer Camp pinup program to help kids fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases experience a week of fun and friendship at MDA Summer Camp — all at no cost to their families.
“After another outstanding year in 2016 raising funds for MDA we have set an aggressive goal of $610,000 in 2017,” said R. C. Sprouse, Western Refining Vice President-Southwest Retail. “I challenge all of our store employees to work with our customers to exceed this goal which would make it the largest fundraiser for Western Refining and MDA ever.”
Through June 11, 38 Howdy’s convenience stores located in El Paso and the surrounding area will raise donations for MDA by selling paper pinups for $1, $5 or more to their generous customers.
Contributions will help send more than 50 local kids to kids to MDA Summer Camp at Manzano Mountain Retreat in Torreon, N.M.
“This program gives Western Refining employees and customers the opportunity to make a great impact in the lives of individuals living with neuromuscular diseases throughout the Southwest,” said MDA Divisional Director Dave Bartels. “We’re looking forward to a successful campaign and we thank everyone who takes the time to make a donation in the next few weeks. MDA kids view summer camp as the ‘best week of the year’ and the community support absolutely makes that possible.”
Funds raised during the summer camp pinup program in West Texas help support MDA’s efforts to make each camp fully-accessible and medically-safe for its campers. They also help provide meals, 24-hour medical staff on site, lodging for the full week and offer customized activities, such as swimming, horseback riding, zip-lining, adaptive sports and more, so every child can fully participate in the camp experience and live unlimited.
Since first teaming up with MDA in 2013, Western Refining and its customers have raised nearly $2 million in support of MDA’s shared mission to find treatments and cures for people whose abilities to move have been compromised by neuromuscular disease – including everyday abilities like walking, running, hugging, talking and even breathing.
To learn more about the MDA Summer Camp program and how to get involved, CLICK HERE.