Lehighton Dunkin' Donuts was one of the local franchise Dunkin' Donuts which helped raise $19,700 to support St. Joseph's Center in Scranton.

It is Dunkin' Donuts or Northeastern Pa.'s second consecutive year working with St. Joseph's Center, donating in total more than $42,000 since last summer's initial fundraising program.

Dunkin' Donuts shops hosted a daylong fundraising event to raise money for St. Joseph's Center. On July 20, all 54 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the region offered a free medium iced coffee to customers who made a donation of $1 or more to support St. Joseph's Center.

Local owners representing regional Dunkin' Donuts restaurants presented the check for $16,200 at St. Joseph's Center Summer Festival and Telethon on July 30, an achievement that they attribute to the support and loyalty of their Dunkin' Donuts customers.

Dunkin' Donuts local Northeastern PA owners and franchisees donated an additional $3,500 earlier in the month to kick off Go Joe XIV, WNEP's Joe Snedeker's annual fundraiser for St. Joseph's Center.

"St. Joseph's Center is grateful to Dunkin' Donuts and all of its franchisees and employees who made this large contribution possible," said Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, I.H.M., president and chief executive of St. Joseph's Center in Scranton. "We greatly appreciate the support of our community and all of the local businesses such as Dunkin' Donuts that make it possible for us to continue the mission and good work of St. Joseph's Center."

"On behalf of Dunkin' Donuts and the local franchisees across Northeastern, PA, we're thrilled to support St. Joseph's Center," said Jessica Weissman, field marketing manager, Dunkin' Donuts. "This is our second year partnering with them in their fundraising efforts, and we want to sincerely thank our loyal guests across the region for their generosity. Through their contributions and through the support of our local franchisees, we were able to donate $19,700 to St. Joseph's Center which has a positive impact on the lives of so many people in our region."

St. Joseph's Center is an independent Catholic agency sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, rooted in the values of care, concern, compassion and commitment. The Center strives to provide individuals and families who have special needs the opportunity to develop their abilities and potential to the fullest extent possible. They do this through residential, community and home-based services, outpatient therapy, maternity, family and adoption services. For more information, visit www.stjosephscenter.org.