May 06, 2010 // Franchising.com // BOSTON, Mass. – What started as one man's run to support a personal cause turned into a massive fundraiser for the local Children's Hospital. Albert Coelho, Providence ColorTyme store manager, recently finished the Boston Marathon with $14,520 to benefit the Hospital's patient care and research programs.
Celebrating the completion of his first Boston Marathon and exceeding his original fundraising goal, Coelho is optimistic about the experience and touched by the support he has received.
"I still can't believe the overwhelming response from people all across the country," he said. "I'm grateful for everyone who showed support. The donations I received are truly inspirational not only for me but for the thousands of lives that will be saved by Children's Hospital Boston."
In recognition of his fundraising efforts, Coelho was honored at a dinner for the Hospital's top donors.
"Children's Hospital Boston has a special place in my heart, so finding motivation for raising the money was simple," Coelho said. "But, I couldn't have done it all myself. Raising this amount was only possible with the help of others that believe in the Hospital and their work as strongly as I do."
Coelho anticipates fundraising for the Children's Hospital Boston again next year.
ColorTyme, Inc., founded in 1979, is America's oldest franchisor of independently owned-and-operated rent-to-own stores. ColorTyme franchisees operate 192 rent-to-own stores in 34 states, and the company's custom-wheels-and-tires franchise brand, RimTyme, operates 24 stores in 12 states. ColorTyme is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and is an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of the largest RTO company in the world, Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ: RCII).