Dunkin’ Franchisee Tom Santurri (left) presents a record-breaking donation of more than $113,000 to Make-A-Wish Central New York President and CEO Diane Kuppermann (right)

Annual campaign has generated more than a half-million dollars to support wishes of local children since its inception

BINGHAMTON, New York; – Dunkin’ today announced that the 2020 edition of its annual Star Donut charitable campaign raised more than $113,000 for Make-A-Wish Central New York, establishing a new single-season record for the initiative which began eight years ago and benefits local children with critical illnesses.

In partnership with its guests, Dunkin’ has now raised more than $561,000 for local Make-A-Wish chapters throughout upstate New York since the Star Donut campaign’s introduction in 2013.

During the campaign, guests who contribute $1 to Make-A-Wish at participating Dunkin’ restaurants in the Southern Tier received a special Make-A-Wish Star Donut as a thank you for their generosity. This year’s Star Donut initiative took place from June 19-28.

“Dunkin’ is honored to support Make-A-Wish Central New York, which works tirelessly to help make the wishes of local children come true,” said Eric Stensland, Field Marketing Manager for Dunkin’. “We’re thrilled we could provide Southern Tier residents with a special treat while supporting an organization that is so important to the children and families in our community. We would like to thank all of our valued guests who joined us during the Star Donut campaign and donated to help us set a record this summer and surpass a half-million dollars raised in support of Make-A-Wish Central New York.”

“Regarding the results of this year’s campaign, all we can say is ‘wow,’” said Diane Kuppermann, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Central New York. “Considering the challenges of COVID-19 and our having to reschedule dates, the total amount raised is truly astounding and speaks to the generosity of Dunkin’ and our community. With 190 wishes in process, we are immensely grateful to Dunkin’, participating franchise owners, and their generous customers for making wishes come true at a time when we need their support more than ever.”

Make-A-Wish Central New York creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses throughout a 15-county region of New York State. The organization has granted more than 1,900 wishes since inception in 1985.

For more information on Make-A-Wish Central New York and to learn how you can become involved visit www.cny.wish.org or call (315) 475-WISH (9474).

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About Make-A-Wish® Central New York

Make-A-Wish Central New York is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Part of a global wish-granting organization, Make-A-Wish Central New York was founded in 1985 and has granted more than 1,900 life-changing wishes for local children. The organization believes in the transformative joy a wish can bring and is committed to reaching every eligible child within its 15-county footprint, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties. This year marks Make-A-Wish Central New York’s 35th year as a chapter. With nearly 190 wishes in process, the organization needs the support of generous community and corporate partners more than ever before. To lend support or learn more, visit cny.wish.org or call 315-475-WISH (9474) / 800-846-WISH (9474).

About Dunkin’

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 14 years running. The company has more than 13,100 restaurants in 41 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com

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