Sailormen Inc. Popeyes Raises More Than $1,000,000 for MDA
The annual “Appetite for a Cure” program and golf tournament will help fund vital research and care for kids and adults affected by neuromuscular disease.
MIAMI LAKES, Fla., June 12, 2018 — Sailormen Inc., one of the largest domestic franchisees of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced today that the annual MDA Golf Classic and the 2018 “Appetite for a Cure” program have raised a record-breaking $1,007,789 to save and transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases that severely weaken muscle strength and mobility.
The Sailormen Inc., Golf Classic celebrated its 14th anniversary on May 10th in Miami Lakes, Fla. at Don Shula’s Golf and Country Club. More than 60 companies sponsored the premier golf event that raised a total $261,407 to help families served by MDA.
Additionally, this year's “Appetite for a Cure” program ran from Jan. 29 through March 18 at participating Popeyes restaurants in South Florida and across the Southeast. The program raised $746,382 through the sale of $1 coupon cards worth $30 to be used toward free and discounted purchases during future visits to Popeyes. The commitment of Sailormen Corporate and all of their employees to MDA’s mission contributed to the fundraising increase of nearly $200,000 over 2017.
“Our dedicated employees, loyal customers, and supportive business partners are essential to making these events for MDA a huge success,” said Sailormen Inc. CEO Kara Nordstrom. “For 14 years, we have brought people together to spread awareness and support MDA kids and adults. Through the Sailormen, Inc Golf Tournament and our “Appetite for a Cure” campaign, I am proud to say we surpassed our $1,000,000 goal. This is great momentum as we head into our partnership’s 15th anniversary in 2019.”
Funds raised during the annual coupon program and golf tournament help MDA fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing services such as the MDA Care Center at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine. It also helps send kids, ages 8-17, to “the best week of the year” at barrier-free MDA Summer Camp.
“The Sailormen community of employees and customers is incredibly powerful when they mobilize for a cause they care about,” said MDA National Director Cheryl Kunkle. “For more than 14 years, MDA’s mission has aligned with Sailormen’s vision as a mission-driven company and we are so thankful for their longstanding support.”
Sailormen Inc. is one of the largest domestic franchisees of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants, with 132 locations in five states. The company has raised more than $7 million for MDA since 2002.
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help children and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases, caring for individuals from day one and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America. Since 1950, MDA has invested more than $363 million in ALS research and support services. Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at mda.org.
Mary E. Fiance
Director, Public Relations and Communications
Muscular Dystrophy Association
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