A Year of Uncertainty Does Not Stop Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Partners  

CMN Hospitals Summer 2021 

By Kayla Jordan

Even through a rough year of uncertainty and COVID-19 restrictions, our Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) team continues to work with our corporate partners and programs to raise funds to support Duke Children’s. Continue reading to witness the success of our partners and programs, and to learn more about opportunities to support Duke Children’s this summer while performing everyday activities or running errands.  

We are giving a special thank you to our partners and programs and celebrating our successes! 

Ace Hardware  

Our participating Ace Hardware stores are gearing up for their July round-up campaign along with the Ace Bucket Days promotion on August 6-8. We are so excited to continue our partnership with Ace Hardware which is a strong contributor to Duke Children’s efforts in clinical care, pediatric research, advocacy and preparing the next generation of pediatric health providers. On your next visit to Ace Hardware for that family project or new tool, consider rounding up your total! Changing kids’ health will change the future! 


Costco’s annual campaign took place in May and despite the COIVD-19 pandemic it was very successful! Our six participating locations raised more than $200,000 for Duke Children’s this year! We are one of the two hospitals in the Southeast that have only 6 locations and have hit the $200K mark this year – an amazing achievement for our warehouses. We are excited to see the miracles that Costco will help us achieve! 

Dairy Queen  

Dairy Queen started its campaign June 1 and will run through July 31st in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. When you donate at a participating location, add your name or a message to the CMN Hospitals paper icon wall and post it at the Dairy Queen location. And the sweet stuff doesn't stop this summer: Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day is planned for this fall on October 28th at participating locations. Craving a refreshing, cool treat? Visit Dairy Queen to help support Duke Children's! 

Extra Life 

This year-long fundraiser targets gamers (video, board, tabletop and more!) to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Extra Lifers raise money year around, doing something they enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. Many Extra Lifers also participate in an international day of play called Game Day, typically held in November. Since 2008 Extra Lifers have raised over $70 million dollars for local children’s hospitals around the country. 

You can sign up to play at Extra Life’s site and select Duke Children’s to help support kids’ health in your local community! Be sure to share your fundraising page on your social media accounts and ask your friends and family to donate. Your last step is choosing a dedicated day of play; you may choose your own day, or you can participate in the International Game Day in November and play with the Extra Life community across North America! 


GameStop continues their year-long round-up campaign to benefit CMN Hospitals like Duke Children’s. Donate at your local GameStop next time you stop in! 

Great Clips  

The Great Clips fundraising campaign will run through the month of October this year. Need a haircut? Visit Great Clips and when you get a great haircut, donate to support Duke Childrens! 

Panda Express 

Our six participating stores are running a year-long register campaign. Donate at the register while grabbing something good to eat. We are also thrilled to announce that Panda Express recently extended their Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partnership for another 10 years, and we are excited to continue our work with them!  


Our 19 participating Publix locations conducted their annual CMN Hospitals campaign for Duke Children’s from June 3rd through Monday June 14th and, like last year, they offered coupon sheets to every customer who made a gift at the register. Customers could donate $1, $3, $5 or an amount of their choice in exchange for a coupon sheet. We want to thank Publix for their continued support -- and especially thank everyone who made a gift at Publix during this campaign season! 


Speedway continues to fuel miracles each month and is up 127% in fundraising this year! Their monthly strides help to keep us on track in supporting Duke families in their time of need. When fueling up for that family road trip or grabbing some cold drinks and snacks, top it off by donating at the register! 

Walmart and Sam’s Club 

This year, Walmart and Sam’s Club will run their register campaign June 28 - July 25. Walmart continues to make strides helping Duke Children's! With 120 participating locations fundraising for Duke Children's every year, their totals continue to increase. For over 30 years Walmart, Sam's Club, and Neighborhood Markets have fundraised for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across North America.  

We want to thank all our partners for their continued support! 

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an alliance of 170 premier children’s hospitals in North America which collectively treat more than 17 million sick and injured children each year. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals creates strategic partnerships with businesses and organizations whose individual locations then raise money for their local hospital.

Since 1984, Duke Children’s has raised funds through various Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partnerships.

Duke Children’s is the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital for the Triad, Triangle, and Wilmington areas and receives support from more than 650 organizations and business locations in these areas.

You can help support Duke Children’s by shopping and donating at our Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partners and support events like Radiothon, Miracle Network Dance Marathon, and Extra Life!  Look for the yellow Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals balloon at your local businesses, restaurants, and organizations to know that they are a valued Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner.