Thorntons Raises $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Published in CSP Daily News

Retailer has raised more than $50,000 for group since 2008

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Thorntons Inc. said that it has raised more than $10,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Kentucky Region. During the month of May, all Thorntons store locations sold Wish Stars for $1, with 100% of the proceeds going back to the foundation. This is the fifth year, Thorntons has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and since 2008, Thorntons has raised more than $50,000 for the foundation.

"We are very proud to partner with such a great organization as the Make-A-Wish Foundation," said Matt Thornton, president and CEO [image-nocss] of Thorntons. "We have seen an overwhelmingly positive response from our customers in regards to this program, and we are thrilled to serve as a vehicle for our customers to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation."

Susan McConnell, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana president and CEO, said, "We are so grateful for the support we have received from Thorntons and their customers. A child's wish come true strengthens communities and impacts everyone involved. Since 2008, their generous customers have rallied around our mission and have enabled us to bring joy to so many seriously-ill children and their families."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana chapter is the largest of the 64 Make-A-Wish chapters in the country in both territory and wishes granted. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, Kentucky Region, has fulfilled the individual wishes of 852 local children since it was founded in 2001. Currently, it has more than 225 pending wishes.

Thorntons is one of the leading U.S. independent gasoline and convenience chain retailers, currently operating throughout the Midwest under the brand name Thorntons. With more than $1.4 billion in revenue, Thorntons is one of the largest privately held corporations in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Headquartered in Louisville, Ky., Thorntons operates 163 gasoline and convenience stores, car washes and travel plazas in five states: Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. Thorntons distributes its petroleum products through its wholly owned Thornton Transportation Co. and operates a river bulk storage terminal in Louisville.