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Chicago Beverage Systems and Chicago Bars Raise $30,549 to Fight Childhood Cancer


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital recently announced that Chicago Beverage System and its accounts contributed $30,549 to fight against catastrophic childhood diseases through this year’s MillerCoors national Halloween fundraiser.

Chicago Beverage has participated in this program for several years partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and MillerCoors in saving children’s lives. This year, Chicago Beverage brought the program to countless Chicago accounts where bartenders asked patrons to make a $1 or $5 donation to St. Jude to support its fight against catastrophic childhood diseases. In return for the contribution, the donors had the opportunity to write their names on pumpkin-themed pinups, which the establishment displayed through the month of October.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. It’s physicians and scientists have pioneered treatments that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 70 percent today. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance and no child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.

“It’s an honor to support the mission of St. Jude, with children around the world benefiting from the pumpkin pinups that were sold through our great customers. It is always gratifying to team up for a great cause with civic-minded partners such as the folks at Timothy O’Toole’s, Joe’s on Weeds, and Four Corners, as well as Corcoran’s, McGinny’s, and Burton’s Place, Fireplace Inn, Four Shadows, and Big City Tap, not to mention O’Leary’s Public House, Bar-11, and Mystic Celt, as well as those at Franklin Tap and everyone at MillerCoors,” said Jim Doney, President of Chicago Beverage Systems.

“At a cost of nearly $1.4 million per day to run St. Jude, our kids rely on generous donors like Chicago Beverage and its patrons. With their help, St. Jude can continue its lifesaving mission,” said David L. McKee, chief operating officer for ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude.

Jim Doney said, “This is a great MillerCoors program for a great cause. Our employees and customers really put their heart into it knowing that their efforts can make a difference in saving a child’s life. Our fundraising star salesman this year was Ray Zentner and his customers at Timothy O’ Tooles who raised $10,242. Everyone at CBS is looking forward to beating this year’s contributions with an even greater sum in 2010.”

  • Posted in: News
  • March 21, 2016