Greetings and a very happy (and belated) New Year to all of you. We had a great year here at the Carino's Foundation and are primed to have a great 2016. This past October we had our annual golf tournament at the Hyatt Lost Pines. This is always one of my favorite times of the year - spending time with those that are not only great business partners, but also great friends. Through the ups and downs of this crazy business, the strength of these partnerships and friendships is and has always been special to me.
We were pleased to present the Vendor of the Year to ColorMark, our printer partner who has been with us since the beginning. Mark Watson and Andy Hudson were on hand to accept the award.
Even more special was the fact that we were able to raise $170,000 for the Foundation which will go directly to our charity partners across our markets. I can't say this enough, but a big and heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our partners who have continued to support our foundation over the years, allowing us to donate over $2.7 million since 1997.
This year we had a very special guest join us, Tim and Laura Revell with CureDuchenne. We've been privileged to be able to support CureDuchenne over the last four years and we'll continue that support in 2016 as the Title Sponsor for the annual fundraiser in April, Champions to CureDuchenne. Tim and Laura graciously shared the story of their sons, Timothy and Andrew, and their battle with Duchenne disease. You can view a short video of their story here (https://youtu.be/ApgGRmE5K-k).
We'll have more updates on our 2016 efforts throughout the year.