Eat’n Park & Ford Raise Money for Children’s Hospitals


Mother Teresa was quoted as saying, “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” For the 35th year, Eat’n Park held their annual Caring for Kids Campaign, which raises funds for children’s hospitals and charities across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Teaming up with Ford Motor Company, Eat’n Park was able to raffle off a 2014 Ford Fusion SE FWD and we were proud to facilitate the winning prize through our Ford dealership in Natrona Heights, PA.

Caring-for-Kids-Eatn-ParkThis year’s Ford Fusion raffle generated over $113,000 for the Caring for Kids Campaign and a patient at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC selected the winning number from more than than 56,000 tickets that were sold. Our team at #1 Cochran Ford of Allegheny Valley were honored to present Lower Burell resident, George Seckar, with a brand new Ford Fusion. Seckar said, “It was a good feeling to win the brand new car, but it’s even better to know that it is benefiting such a good cause. I am grateful to Eat’n Park and the Neighborhood Ford Store for everything they do to benefit the families and patients in children’s hospitals.”

“Thanks to the kindness of our guests and the generosity of the Neighborhood Ford Store, Eat’n Park is able to help local children in need all across our footprint in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia,” says Trina DeMarco, Eat’n Park’s Director of Corporate Giving and Community Partnerships. “It is an honor to be able to reward one of our guests for their support of the Caring for Kids Campaign.”

The 2014 Fusion was donated by the Neighborhood Ford Store, which is made up of 81 local Ford dealerships throughout Southwest Pennsylvania, Ohio, and parts of Maryland and Virginia. This is the the fourth consecutive year that Ford has donated a new car in partnership with the Eat’n Park charity.

“We are so proud to support the Caring for Kids program and play a part in assisting the countless local families who benefit from the funds raised each year,” said Joey Thurby, the 2013 chairman of the Neighborhood Ford Store dealer group. “The 2014 Fusion is a landmark vehicle for Ford, and we are thrilled to share it with Eat’n Park guests as part of this year’s raffle.”

The Caring for Kids Campaign has raised over $8.5 million in donations since it began in 1979. Eat’n Park Hospitality Group raised $403,256 in 2013 and the Pittsburgh sector campaign raised $330,662 for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

About Eat’n Park Restaurants

Since 1949, Eat’n Park Restaurants has been a family-owned restaurant chain, serving guests across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. At the heart of Eat’n Park are more than 8,000 team members committed to providing friendly, attentive service and supporting a growing number of community initiatives, including an annual fundraising campaign that has generated more than $8 million for children’s hospitals. Eat’n Park also donates almost half a million Smiley Cookies – the brand’s iconic symbol – every year to support community events and fundraisers.

Eat’n Park is a member of the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group which is a portfolio of foodservice concepts focused on personalized dining and winner of the National Restaurant Association’s 2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award for community service. Additional information about Eat’n Park Hospitality Group is available online at


About 2014 Ford Fusion

The 2014 Ford Fusion SE FWD features a sleek silhouette, along with a 2.5L Duratec® engine, 6-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with thumb shifter, SYNC® with MyFord® Voice-Activated Communications and Entertainment System, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, 10-way power driver’s seat, and an EPA-estimated rating of 22 city/34 highway mpg. The Fusion demonstrates Ford’s commitment to deliver features customers truly want and value in their vehicles.



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