BrandSource Awarded for Charity Support

BrandSource has been honored as the 2011 recipient of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Stewardship Award, which recognizes corporations that have exceeded expectations in helping the Charity fulfill its mission of offering programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.
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BrandSource has been honored as the 2011 recipient of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Stewardship Award, which recognizes corporations that have exceeded expectations in helping the Charity fulfill its mission of offering programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.

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BrandSource was honored as the 2011 recipient of the RMHC Stewardship Award at the 2011 RMHC International Conference. From left to right: President and CEO of RMHC, Marty Coyne; Chairman of BrandSource, Andy Kersey; Vice Chairman of BrandSource, Jeff Zeglin; Treasurer of BrandSource, Jim Davenport; Secretary of BrandSource, Mark Pardini; Chair of the Global Board of Trustees for RMHC, Linda Dunham; CEO of BrandSource, Bob Lawrence; and Vice Chairman and CEO of MacDonald’s Corporation, Jim Skinner.

Based in Anaheim, CA, and founded in 1969, BrandSource is a 100 percent member-owned merchandising group with nearly 4,500 independent dealer members in North America and close to 3,000 “branded” stores in the U.S.

The award was presented last week at the 2011 RMHC International Conference before nearly 1,000 attendees representing 26 countries and regions. Previous recipients of the RMHC Stewardship Award include The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s Corporation and Southwest Airlines.

Every two years at this conference, RMHC selects and formally recognizes a key corporate donor for engaging with the Charity and its local Chapters. From providing annual monetary contributions and in-kind donations, to encouraging the company’s employees to volunteer their time and talent, corporate donors are vital in helping RMHC deliver comfort and care to children and their families.

“For eight years, BrandSource has been a tremendous help to our families in a very unique way. They help turn Ronald McDonald House programs into a “home away from home,” said Marty Coyne, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities. "Our guest families are able to enjoy electronics and appliances similar to what they have at home, making them feel comfortable, and allowing them to focus on the needs of their children.”

When a Ronald McDonald House needs appliances or electronics, BrandSource works with suppliers to fulfill requests for products that are needed. “Our success is directly attributable to the people of the communities that support our business,” said Bob Lawrence, CEO of BrandSource.

“When families face medical challenges involving their children that may require them to stay at a Ronald McDonald House, we want to give back and ensure that they are comfortable and taken care of during what can be a very challenging time. We’re proud and honored to provide kitchen and laundry appliances and home entertainment products for these families to use. We look forward to supporting this wonderful organization for years to come.”

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