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Panda Express Named 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year

Panda Express managers recently toured Prisma Health Children’s Hospital

Panda Express, the largest family-owned American Chinese restaurant chain in the United States, was recently named the 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals).

The Corporate Partner of the Year award recognizes an outstanding organization that has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to CMN Hospitals or Foundations through innovative fundraising and awareness initiatives. The award announcement was part of Children’s Hospitals Week, celebrated March 18-24, 2019.

Locally, Panda Express locations at Killian Road and Forest Drive raised $13,589 since 2016 to help children treated at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital—Midlands.

Panda Express guests and associates at more than 2,100 locations raised $21.5 million for CMN Hospitals in total in 2018, bringing the total contribution to 131 network hospitals to over $59 million since 2007. Funds are raised during a year-round program that encourages guests to join in supporting the health and education needs of underserved youth.

The 2018 donation from Panda Express makes the company the fastest growing Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner – both in percentage of increase and dollar increase in giving year over year. Locally, the Columbia locations increased donations by 206% from 2017 to 2018!

Panda Cares is committed to serving the communities in which Panda Express operates. As the philanthropic arm of Panda Restaurant Group, Panda Cares provides food, funding and volunteer services to underserved youth in areas of health and education and supports relief efforts during times of disaster. Panda helps fund programs that focus on character building, academic success, college access and success for students across the nation. Through their grants, they have committed more than $51.4 Million since 2008, impacting over 976,000 students. Panda is also passionate about supporting organizations that provide healthcare, life-saving equipment, education for healthy living, and research for advanced heath treatments for children. Panda Cares is powered by 39,000 associates in 48 states.

From everyone at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital—Midlands, congratulations to Panda Express for being named Corporate Partner of the Year!