VIP Tires Donates to Make-A-Wish

Jan. 24, 2020

Since 2007, VIP has raised more than $582,100 for Make-A-Wish through its annual fundraising effort.

Jan. 24, 2020—VIP Tires and Service announced today that its 59 locations raised $97,306 for Make-A-Wish during the company’s annual fundraising campaign.

The money came from individual donations made by VIP employees and customers, which were matched 100 percent by VIP’s Chairman, John Quirk, a press release said. VIP presented the Make-A-Wish check on Jan. 22 at the company’s Auburn, Maine headquarters.

“Many say that the measure of an organization is not by its sales or profits, but by how many people it helps. I happen to agree,” said Tim Winkeler, President and CEO of VIP Tires & Service, in the release. “By that measure, [VIP] can take pride and humility in how our collective efforts this year, along with John Quirk’s continued generosity, well help so many young children facing life-threatening medical conditions achieve their dreams. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the generous employees and customers for making this Make-A-Wish donation possible.”

Funds raised in each state benefit the local Make-A-Wish chapter:

  • Maine VIP stores raised $34,650 ($69,300 donation)
  • New Hampshire VIP stores raised $11,380 ($22,760 donation)
  • Massachusetts VIP stores raised $2,196 ($4,392 donation)
  • Vermont’s singular VIP store raised $427 ($854 donation)

“We are once again so incredibly grateful for the difference VIP is making for our kids and the continued partnership. This is truly so impressive and impactful,” said Kate Vickery, Executive Director of Make-A-Wish Maine. “Make A Wish wants to extend a huge thank you to all VIP employees and customers for their commitment to supporting our mission. We look forward to sharing the inspirational stories from families made possible with this annual donation.”