Comer Children's, Mariano's GIVE MORE partnership raises $218,000

Comer Children's, Mariano's GIVE MORE partnership raises $218,000

Fall campaign supports South Side pediatric hospital's research and programming

December 19, 2016

A month-long fundraising partnership between the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital and Mariano's raised $218,000 to support the 172-bed children's hospital on Chicago's South Side.

September's GIVE MORE campaign collected $93,000 from nearly 63,000 Mariano's shoppers, who made add-on donations to their grocery store purchases to support Comer Children's. The effort was the most successful "Raise at the Register" effort for Mariano's, which opened its first store in Arlington Heights in 2010.

The campaign also raised another $125,000 from an anonymous donor, a portion of which was used to match donations received from shoppers.

"The overwhelming generosity of Mariano's shoppers across Chicagoland shows how passionately people believe in the importance of supporting children's health and medical research," said John Cunningham, MD, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. "We're grateful to Mariano's for supporting our hospital and efforts to eradicate childhood diseases."

The GIVE MORE donations will be used to support a variety of patient programming and research at the Hyde Park children's hospital, which is known for its long track record of providing comprehensive, innovative medical care to children.

"We are thrilled with the results of this campaign and honored to have such a meaningful partnership with Comer Children's Hospital," said Don Rosanova, President of Mariano's. "Our customers and employees are truly dedicated to the community and did an amazing job to rally around such an inspiring and important cause."

Mariano's, which has 39 locations across Chicagoland, is one of four grocery banners owned by Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. To find a Mariano's location near you, visit