ENCINO, Calif. - September 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Menchie's, North America's largest self-serve frozen yogurt franchise has raised over $350,000 for Make-A-Wish® during the month of August. The funds will be used to help grant more than 35 once-in-a-lifetime wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
From August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014, Menchie's fundraised in stores to help Make-A-Wish. Menchie's more than surpassed its fundraising goals donating over a quarter of a million dollars to the wish granting organization. One hundred percent of all donations at each Menchie's location went towards creating life-affirming experiences that strengthen wish kids and their families.
"Our team is focused on spreading happiness and giving back to our communities, so the opportunity to work with Make-A-Wish® was a very heartwarming and humbling experience," said Menchie's CEO Amit Kleinberger. "Every day it's a joy to be able to make our guests smile when they walk through our doors, but the greatest joy of all this month was to make as many wish kids as possible smile by granting their one true wish through our support of Make-A-Wish®."
"Receiving this incredible contribution means a great deal to so many wish kids and their families," said Make-A-Wish America President and CEO David Williams. "We are grateful to Menchie's for making a difference and helping us provide children with life-threatening medical conditions with the opportunity to experience the life-changing potential of a wish-come-true."
For more information on Menchie's, please visit www.menchies.com. To track the progress of the campaign, please visit Menchie's Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyMenchies or Twitter at @MyMenchies.
Menchie's creates lasting memories by creating an unparalleled guest experience with a mission to make every guest smile. Menchie's is a world-leader of ensuring best-in-class products and is the ambassador of frozen yogurt quality worldwide. Placing a focus on people and community before commerce, Menchie's franchisees actively donate thousands of dollars to local school programs and charitable organizations. With over 400 stores, the franchise has locations open in the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Australia, Pakistan, India, U.A.E. Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Menchie's expects to celebrate 500 open stores in 2014. Guaranteeing happiness in every cup, the brand offers guests premium rotating yogurt flavors and delicious toppings for unlimited combinations in every bite. The proprietary collection is made from the milk of "smiley" California cows, which have not been treated with artificial growth hormones (rBST). Menchie's frozen yogurt contains live and active cultures and has received the Live and Active Culture (LAC) seal indicating its endorsement by the National Yogurt Association.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, AZ, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 240,000 wishes since its inception in 1980 and more than 14,000 in 2013 alone. To learn more, visit www.wish.org.