LAFAYETTE, LA – Louisiana’s 147 Sonic restaurants, in partnership with University Medical Center (University Medical Center) New Orleans and the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force, donated $55,000 to provide free and professionally installed car seats for children in needy families throughout the state.
Sonic restaurants raised the money through sales of the 2016 Sonic “Tot” calendar. This is second year for the car-seat event, which has raised a total of $103,000 and purchased 1,848 car seats.
A video on the program is available here.
“At Sonic, we celebrate our car culture and realize many families can’t afford these life-saving seats for their children. Through the generosity of our customers, we make it our mission to help keep kids safe while they’re riding,” said Ted Kergan, owner of Kergan Bros. Sonic Group, the state’s largest Sonic franchisee.
“We’re excited to team up with Sonic for the second year to reduce childhood injuries and fatalities across our state,” said Bridget Gardner, a registered nurse and coordinator of the Community Injury Prevention Program at University Medical Center New Orleans. “When used correctly, child restraints are the number-one factor in protecting our children in motor vehicle crashes.”
About Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force
The Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force is a network of certified child passenger safety technicians who work to correct the installation of child restraints, encourage child safety seat and seat belt usage in motor vehicles, and provide resources to technicians and the community to reduce injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes. The LPSTF is an injury prevention special interest group run by the University Medical Center New Orleans Trauma Program.
About University Medical Center
Opened in August 2015, University Medical Center New Orleans is the academic medical center of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit health system. University Medical Center New Orleans serves as a key partner of LSU Health Science Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions.
About SONIC, America’s Drive-In
SONIC®, America's Drive-In®, is the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants with more than 3,500 drive-ins serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Over the past 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than 1 million drink combinations, friendly service by iconic Carhops and ongoing support of education through its award-winning Limeades for Learning® program. SONIC received top honors as America’s “#1 burger quick service restaurant” in the 2013 Temkin Experience Ratings report. For more information about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC) and its subsidiaries, please visit www.sonicdrivein.com. Customers can also connect with SONIC at facebook.com/sonicdrivein or onTwitter @sonicdrive_in.