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Marcone, North America's largest distributor of appliance repair, HVAC, plumbing, commercial kitchen, and pool and spa parts, has announced the culmination of a successful philanthropic campaign that will benefit pediatric cancer research.
Marcone HVAC company Munch's Supply raised $104,752 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, more than doubling its 2022 contribution of nearly $43,000. Both years, Munch's Supply was the largest fundraising team in the Chicagoland area.
Munch's employees and customers came together to support St. Jude through a series of raffles, a promotional shop, a 5K run/walk, a golf outing and leadership matches. Employees were engaged through drawings for paid time off, while customers connected with the cause on the golf course.
"The generosity and commitment of both our staff and client base was overwhelming," said Steve Raimondi, Munch's Market President for Illinois and Indiana. "It's wonderful to see everyone working together for such a worthy cause – and having a great time doing it."
The annual St. Jude fundraising effort is an integral part of operations for Munch's Supply, which has been donating for 10 years to the hospital's mission of curing pediatric diseases. The company's contributions help St. Jude fulfill its goal of treating sick children but never sending their families a bill, so that parents can focus simply on their child's wellbeing.
It currently costs more than $1.4 billion to run St. Jude each year, most of which comes from donors such as Munch's Supply. Donations are used to research, treat, and hopefully eliminate tragic diseases such as childhood cancer.
Founded in 1956, Munch's Supply was acquired in 2021 by St. Louis-based Marcone, which boasts 2,000 employees at 200 locations.
"Like Munch, Marcone has a longstanding history of community service and philanthropy," said Marcone CEO Avichal Jain. "We are pleased to share both a similar business vision and a desire to make the world around us a better place."