Dunkin’ & Area Rotary Districts Raise More Than $1.2 Million Throughout Alabama & Tennessee Benefitting End Polio Now

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — To bolster the effort to eradicate polio globally, 125 Dunkin’ locations across Alabama and…

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — To bolster the effort to eradicate polio globally, 125 Dunkin’ locations across Alabama and Tennessee recently partnered with area Rotary districts to raise funds and awareness through its Purple Pinkie Day fundraiser. From the one-day fundraiser, the participating Dunkin’ restaurants and area Rotary districts raised more than $1.2 Million to benefit Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign.

As part of the fundraiser, guests who donated $2 to End Polio Now at a participating Dunkin’ restaurant received a Purple Pinkie Donut as a thank you. As an added bonus for each $2 guest donation, Rotary donated $4 and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matched with $12, for a total donation of $18.

Bluemont Group LLC and the Catalano Group Bakeries, along with Dunkin’ restaurants in Alabama and Tennessee donated over 60,000 Purple Pinkie Donuts to allow 100 percent of the $1.2 Million proceeds to benefit End Polio Now.

In 2018, Dunkin’ and Tennessee Rotary launched the Purple Pinkie Donut fundraiser in 30 Dunkin’ restaurants throughout Tennessee in efforts to support End Polio Now. To date, the Dunkin’ and Rotary promotion has raised more than $1.8 Million to benefit End Polio Now in recognition of World Polio Day.

«On behalf of everyone at Dunkin’, we were honored to have the opportunity to once again partner with our friends at Rotary to help eradicate polio worldwide,» said Dave Baumgartner, President of Dunkin’ Franchisee Network, Bluemont Group LLC and member of the Rotary Club of Knoxville. «It was truly amazing to see so many groups come together paired with the immense generosity from our local communities to surpass our goal of raising $1 Million. This is such an important cause, and we are proud to say that we are one step closer toward ridding the world from the threat of this disease.»

In countries where the threat of polio remains, children receive their polio vaccine via drops in the mouth, rather than injection, allowing millions of children to be vaccinated in a short period of time. Vaccinating so many children can be difficult to document, so when each child is vaccinated, they have the pinkie fingernail of their left hand painted with a permanent purple marker. The mark turns brown and lasts for one month allowing vaccinators to check a child’s finger to determine whether they have already received the vaccine.

More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries.

Rotary is committed to raising $50 million a year to be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, yielding $150 million for polio eradication activities every year. To date, Rotary has contributed more than $2.1 billion to fight the disease, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation.

In 1988, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day in 125 countries. Today, thanks to the efforts of Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, there have been 132 cases of wild poliovirus reported in 2020 across just two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But as long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for ongoing funding for polio eradication activities.

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About Rotary

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities around the globe. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to improve lives through service. From promoting literacy and peace to providing clean water and improving health care, Rotary members are always working to better the world. Visit endpolio.org to learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio.

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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