VIP Tires & Service Corp. raised $52,511.86 for Make-A-Wish during the company's ninth annual Season of Wishes campaign at its 56 stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

VIP Tires presented its latest gift to Make-A-Wish. From left, Alex Gaeth, executive director of Make-A-Wish Maine; Sonya Purington, marketing and communications director for Make-A-Wish Maine; John Quirk, CEO and president of VIP Tires & Service; Mary Daigle, office manager of VIP Tires & Service; Tim Winkeler, chief operating officer for VIP Tires & Service; and Gary MacCausland, vice president of operations for VIP Tires & Service.

VIP Tires presented its latest gift to Make-A-Wish. From left, Alex Gaeth, executive director of Make-A-Wish Maine; Sonya Purington, marketing and communications director for Make-A-Wish Maine; John Quirk, CEO and president of VIP Tires & Service; Mary Daigle, office manager of VIP Tires & Service; Tim Winkeler, chief operating officer for VIP Tires & Service; and Gary MacCausland, vice president of operations for VIP Tires & Service.

VIP encouraged its employees and customers to make individual contributions. Customers were invited to make a minimum $1 donation, and in turn received a paper star with their name on it to display inside their VIP store. Combined the 56 stores raised $26,255.93, and VIP Tires & Service matched those donations.

The company says its Maine stores raised the most — $17,613.07, followed by New Hampshire stores — $5,176.26, and Massachusetts stores —$3,466.60. The funds raised in each state benefit their local state Make-A-Wish chapters.

To date, VIP has raised $350,000 for Make-A-Wish through its annual program.

Alex Gaeth, Maine’s Make-A-Wish executive director, accepted the donation Feb. 6, 2017, from John Quirk, CEO and president of VIP Tires & Service at the company’s headquarters.

“We can all play a part, big and small, in helping kids with life-threatening illnesses get their wish,” says Gaeth. “The team at VIP works tirelessly to talk with their customers about Make-A-Wish and gives them the opportunity to support the organization by buying a paper star. Each year their donation grows and more kids get wishes. We’re endlessly appreciative and thankful for the VIP team.”

Quirk says, “Each year I’m incredibly grateful to the enthusiasm of our employees and loyal customers for our Make-A-Wish Season of Wishes fundraiser. All of our VIP employees worked really hard to help raise money, and we had a record number of customers making contributions. I want to thank our employees and customers for helping us in our on-going quest to deliver wishes to children suffering from life threatening illnesses. We know these funds bring joy to the families and children who need it most.”

For more information about VIP Tires & Service, visit: www.vipauto.com.

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