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Merchant Services continually strives to be at the forefront of the Processing Industry; focusing on cutting edge technology, high quality services, and being a responsible corporate citizen.

This section features news stories, press releases, and industry accolades highlighting our most recent programs, events, partnerships, and awards.

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November 14, 2012 | Irvine, CA
Merchant Services of Irvine Adds American Express OnePoint® Program to Their Line of Merchant Products and Services

Merchant Services of Irvine, a leading provider of electronic commerce and payment solutions to businesses throughout the United States, today announced the addition of the American Express (NYSE: AXP) OnePoint ® program to their services, which offers American Express® Card acceptance as part of an integrated business solution for small and medium-sized merchants.

“This is an exciting benefit for Merchant Services of Irvine, our clients and American Express,” said Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services of Irvine. “For the first time, we will offer our clients complete processing services for all card brands with the convenience of a single deposit and one billing statement, while at the same time enabling loyal American Express Cardmembers to leverage their cards at a wider range of businesses.”


American Express created the American Express OnePoint program to offer small to medium-sized merchants a cost-effective and all-in-one solution that provides the convenience of a single source for statements, settlement and customer service for all major card brands.

“We are thrilled to be working with American Express to bring this program to our clients,” added Mr. Jurczyk. “We pride ourselves in providing the most comprehensive collection of e-commerce solutions possible.  The American Express OnePoint program will help many businesses streamline their reconciliation process while at the same time offering the acceptance of a trusted card brand to their customers.”

Under this arrangement, American Express will retain the acceptance contract with participating merchants, establish merchant pricing, and receive the same transactional information it does today. Merchant Services of Irvine will provide payment processing services to merchants on behalf of American Express for American Express Card transactions under the new agreement.

About Merchant Services of Irvine

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services of Irvine is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services of Irvine provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Global Merchant Services of Irvine is the merchant network of American Express, which acquires and maintains relationships with millions of merchants around the globe that welcome American Express-branded Cards. Learn more at
americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, twitter.com/americanexpress and youtube.com/americanexpress.

For additional information, contact:

Carrie Gale
Merchant Services of Irvine
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000
PublicRelations@merchantsvcs.com
http://www.merchantsvcs.com/

June 28, 2011 |
Merchant Services Partners With Leading Data Security Companies to Offer Comprehensive Data Protection Program

Merchant Services of Irvine has partnered with a number of leading data security companies to develop an enhanced, comprehensive Data Protection Program to protect the customers and businesses it supports.
 
Protecting Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and card holder data in particular, is of vital importance to any business operator in today’s marketplace, so Merchant Services has partnered with a variety of firms to create a user-friendly, low-cost program that not only assists merchants with their annual Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) audit process and provides a step-by-step explanation of the compliance and reporting requirements, but also provides breach coverage of up to $100,000 and essential reporting assistance when a data breach occurs.

Compliance with data security standards can bring major benefits to businesses of all sizes, while failure to comply can have serious and long-term negative consequences resulting in penalties, fines, loss of business, and loss of customer confidence. Merchant Services new program provides peace of mind for businesses of all sizes.

“Protecting the data and security of our merchants and their customers is one of our top priorities,” noted Eric Madura, Client Services Manager with Merchant Services. “Our program goes far beyond the basic PCI audit requirements – it provides comprehensive, start-to-finish support, from achieving a high level of compliance to conducting quarterly scans, to meeting mandatory breach reporting requirements, to covering our business partners for up to $100,000 in costs should a breach occur. In my opinion, we’ve brought one of the most comprehensive data protection programs available to assist our clients.”

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services, located in Irvine, California, is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

June 28, 2011 |
Merchant Services Provides Low-Cost Online Tool for Merchants to Complete Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) Compliance Requirements
Merchant Services of Irvine has partnered with a leading data security company to provide a simple, easy-to-use online compliance certification program.
The PCI Toolkit® is an interactive, online system that provides the educational tools necessary to complete PCI compliance quickly and accurately. The program performs a Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) that all merchants are required to complete annually in order to assess potential vulnerabilities and assist businesses with achieving compliance. This is one of the easiest, user-friendly programs available in today’s market.
The program enables each merchant to proceed at their own pace and provides an intuitive step by step instruction process, which enables most merchants to complete the SAQ in less than 15 minutes.
The PCI Toolkit® was designed with the small to mid-size merchant in mind and provides educational resources, sample operating policies, risk mitigation strategies to support quick and effective remediation of system or operational flaws.
“This new toolkit provides our merchants with a cost-effective, simplified online certification program. Ease of use, efficiency and low cost were some of the key elements we were looking for and, after a lengthy search effort, we were able to find all three in the PCI Toolkit,” shared Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services. “By offering these types of comprehensive programs we are maintaining our commitment to our business partners to provide them with services that bring real value, and in this case, protection – to their business.”
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services, located in Irvine, California, is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
June 28, 2011 |
Merchant Services Provides Businesses with Swift Response Data Breach Reporting Program
Merchant Services of Irvine has partnered with a leading data security company to provide their merchants with mandatory Data Breach Reporting assistance in instances where a data breach has occurred.

The Customer Data Watch® program answers the critical business need for swift and thorough response to data loss, which can often result in customer identity theft. When a breach occurs, Data Watch is available 24 hours to assist in initiating the reporting process. 
 
A data breach must be reported to a variety of Federal, State and Regulatory agencies, as well as all credit card brands. The Customer Data Watch® team provides a point-of-contact to work with merchants to compile all key points of information and initiate mandatory reporting required on their behalf.

“Well-publicized data theft incidents have involved some of America’s largest companies, while smaller companies are actually at greater risk because of limited security resources and less secure systems. In instances where a breach has occurred, businesses are required by state and federal laws to notify key agencies – often within 72 hours of discovering the breach – to initiate plans to protect the compromised customers,” noted Eric Madura, Client Services Manager with Merchant Services.

“Proper reporting is critical in the event of an actual or even a suspected breach of cardholder data, but the process can be difficult and confusing. This is why we are thrilled to offer our merchants Customer Data Watch®, giving them the necessary tools, resources and guidance to make the process as quick and simple as possible and saving them time and money along the way and ensuring that steps are immediately taken to protect their customers,” shared Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services.
 
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services, located in Irvine, California, is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
June 28, 2011 |
Merchant Services Adds Data Breach Coverage Program to its Suite of Services
Merchant Services of Irvine now provides its merchants with a low cost, comprehensive Data Breach Coverage Program to protect their business from the overwhelming costs associated with a data breach.

The Data Breach Coverage program protects each merchant account for up to $100,000 in the event of a suspected or actual data breach. In 2009, 143 million personal records were compromised by data beach—and that number is expected to grow in the future. Merchant Services’ new program covers audit and card replacement costs as well as state, federal and card brand fines.
 
The fines, assessments, and expenses a merchant is obligated to pay even if a breach of credit card data is only suspected could cost a merchant thousands—even tens of thousands—of dollars.
 
Businesses are responsible for a variety of fines and fees including audit fees, card brand fines, customer card replacement costs and fraudulent transactions when a data breach occurs. The Data Breach Coverage Program offered by Merchant Services of Irvine provides protection against those costs. The program is not only comprehensive, but it is inexpensive.
 
“Ensuring the financial protection of our merchants is critical as information breaches become more common and more costly. Our Data Protection Program gives them peace of mind that they have a financial safeguard to protect them, and confidence that they are supported by a well-rounded, complete protection program. Data breaches are on the rise, and protecting our customers from the crippling costs associated with a breach – costs that often range from $40,000 to $50,000 – is of critical importance to us,” noted Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services.
 
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services, located in Irvine, California, is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
February 25, 2011 |
Merchant Services Named to First Data President’s Club for the Third Year in a Row
For the third consecutive year Merchant Services has been recognized as a top performing sales organization by the nation’s largest systems processing company, First Data.
Being named to First Data’s President’s Club is an honor that is presented to only the top tier of First Data’s U.S. merchant service providers, as ranked by overall performance in that calendar year. Highly coveted in the industry, this award recognizes companies with exceptional service programs that have excelled in merchant acquisition and overall growth and performance ratings.
Merchant Services Vice President Nathan Jurczyk remarked, “We are thrilled to once again receive this recognition for our work in 2010. Our team is incredibly proud of this achievement and we continue our ongoing commitment to excellence at every level. We couldn’t be more proud of our company, our employees, and our dedicated team of Account Executives.”
 
About Merchant Services
Merchant Services was founded in Orange County, CA in 1995 and has expanded to a company comprised of highly skilled professionals throughout the nation. Merchant Services specializes in providing electronic payment solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout the United States. Today, Merchant Services operates in all 50 states and provides state of the art, cost-effective transaction services to tens of thousands of business partners.
 
August 26, 2010 |
Merchant Services Named to Inc. 5000 Ranking for Second Consecutive Year

Merchant Services, a national provider of business consulting, technology and ecommerce solutions for retail and B2B companies, today announced that it was named to the 2010 Inc. 5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

 

This is the company’s second consecutive year appearing on the list, and the recognition was earned in conjunction with its three-year revenue growth of 54 percent during the current difficult economic environment.

 

Merchant Services ranks among prominent brands on this year's list including music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery and Radio Flyer.

 

“The tough economic climate has made business owners look for creative ways to increase their sales and cash flow,” said Nathan Jurczyk, Merchant Services Vice President.   “Improving a business’ operational efficiency, increasing profitability and generating new revenues is the cornerstone of our business model.  Our dedicated team of business consultants and employees has developed sound ecommerce support systems to deliver proven results that help these businesses succeed.”

 

“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” noted Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

 

 “Our growing list of clients made it possible for us to earn this recognition, and their business with us validates both our vision and effort to deliver superior ecommerce solutions and unparalleled customer service,” noted Jurczyk.

 

Merchant Services also fuels its drive for success by continuing to be an active member in the community. The Merchant Services team regularly participates in local events and contributes time, financial support and in-kind resources to philanthropic organizations.

 

The 2010 Inc. 5000 List serves as a unique report card on the U.S. economy. Despite ongoing recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased. The Inc. 5000 are responsible for creating more than 1 million jobs since their founding; making the list perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the economy.  Complete results of the Inc. 5000 can be found on inc.com.

 

About Inc. Magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,961, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology.

 

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of ecommerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

April 1, 2010 |
Merchant Services Partners with ROAM Data to provide Mobile POS Service – A Service that Turns Cell Phones into Mobile POS Devices
Merchant Services announced that it will now offer ROAMpay as the latest component in its array of business e-commerce solutions.

ROAMpay turns cell phones into Mobile POS devices, allowing businesses to take their transactions on the road. Perfect for mobile vendors from home repair technicians to taxi and shuttle services to contractors and market vendors, ROAMpay is designed for quick, easy, low cost, secure mobile processing.  
Roampay provides a wide variety of benefits to merchants, including quick activation, the ability to integrate with all major cell phone carriers and major cell phone models, provides automatic software updates, and meets the industry’s current data security compliance standards.
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 
About ROAM Data
Headquartered in Boston, MA, ROAM Data makes mobile commerce easy by delivering secure, affordable and scalable commerce applications on hundreds of mobile phone models. With ROAM's patented platform, application updates occur 20 times faster when compared to device-specific static application approaches and secure transactions are done through ROAM's PCI-certified payment gateway.  For more information visit www.roamdata.com.
March 1, 2010 |
Merchant Services and Business Financial Services Partner to Offer Cash Advance Program
Merchant Services announced that it will now include Business Financial Services’ capital funding programs with its array of other merchant service solutions, increasing cash flow options for its merchants.

Merchant Services is constantly searching for value-added products and services to ensure that its business partners have the best payment solutions at their disposal. Merchant Services’ diverse array of e-commerce solutions, when combined with Business Financial Services’ working capital program, will allow merchants to require only one relationship for all their payment needs.
Business Financial Services’ cash advance program is designed to provide merchants with working capital to grow their business. Funding from this program allows them to invest in the future of their business and funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including facility renovations, expansion, taxes, equipment, emergencies, inventory ,and marketing. Unlike a small business loan, a Business Cash Advance has no upfront fees, closing costs or loss of equity.
“Merchant Services has a long-standing commitment to providing our merchants with a full-range of services; including check guarantee services and credit, debit, gift  and loyalty cards.” said Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services.  “We are pleased to partner with Business Financial Services to continue delivering our business partners the best products available to strengthen and expand their business operations.”
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 
About Business Financial Services
Business Financial Services has provided thousands of small business owners with working capital since 2000. All retail, service and restaurant owners find themselves needing capital to grow and manage their businesses. At times, these businesses are unlikely to obtain a commercial loan from financial resources because of unacceptable debt to income ratios or low personal or business credit scores.  This is when BFS steps in to provide funding. Healthy businesses can rely on the fact that their customers will continue to spend money at their establishments. BFS provides an advance on those sales. For more information visit www.businessfinancialservices.com.
February 8, 2010 |
Merchant Services Receives Prestigious First Data President's Award for Second Year in a Row
Continuing its exceptional sales performance through 2009, Merchant Services was once again recognized as a top performing sales organization by the nation’s largest systems processing company, First Data.

The President’s Award is a highly coveted honor presented to the top 5% of First Data’s U.S. merchant service providers, as ranked by overall performance in that calendar year. Much sought after in the industry, this award recognizes companies with exceptional service and support programs, as evidenced by new merchant acquisitions and overall growth.
Merchant Services Vice President Nathan Jurczyk commented “This is a wonderful recognition of the achievements of our team and attests to our ongoing commitment to excellence at every level. We are truly honored to receive this prestigious award and we couldn’t be more proud of our company, our employees, and our dedicated team of Account Executives.”
About Merchant Services
Merchant Services was founded in Orange County, CA in 1995 and has expanded to a company comprised of highly skilled professionals throughout the nation. Merchant Services specializes in providing electronic payment solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout the United States. Today, Merchant Services operates in all 48 of the continental United States and provides state of the art, cost-effective transaction services to tens of thousands of business partners.
About First Data
First Data, a leader in the electronic payment industry, supports over 4.6 million merchant locations and processed more than 30 billion transactions in 2008. First Data supports a major share of the U.S. processing market, partnering with the largest base of sales organizations in the country.
 
August 25, 2009 | Irvine, California
Merchant Services Ranked One of the Nation's Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies

In its 27th annual ranking of America's strongest business enterprises, Inc. Magazine named Merchant Services as one of the nation's 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in America.

Inc. Magazine ranked Merchant Services second nationally with respect to sales volume amid electronic payment solutions companies. Merchant Services was ranked 1,666 on Inc. Magazine's full listing of the 5,000 fastest growing businesses nationwide.

Created to recognize the best of the nation's new and expanding business ventures, Inc. Magazine's Top 5000 ranking showcases businesses that have driven year-over-year revenue growth and expanding market shares for a consecutive four year period. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent-minded entrepreneurs.

"Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate," said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. "That's why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year."

In addition to the overall ranking, Merchant Services was ranked No. 72 in the Top 100 Financial Services companies, and 95 in the Top 100 Businesses in the Greater Los Angeles area.

"It's truly an honor to be recognized with the top U.S. enterprises for their cutting-edge technology and effective growth strategies," noted Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Operations. "This ranking reflects our continued commitment of delivering exceptional customer service, the latest in technological support systems and competitive pricing to each of our business partners."

Methodology
The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of 2005, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent - not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies - as of December 31, 2008. Revenue in 2005 must have been at least $200,000, and revenue in 2008 must have been at least $2 million.

About Merchant Services
Merchant Services, founded in Orange County, CA in 1995, has expanded to a company comprised of more than 300 skilled professionals. Merchant Services specializes in providing electronic payment solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout the United States. Today, Merchant Services operates in all 48 of the continental United States and provides state of the art, cost-effective transaction services to tens of thousands of business partners.

About Inc. Magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,961, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology.

January 23, 2009 | Irvine, California
Merchant Services Receives First Data's President's Award for Outstanding Performance

In an annual recognition of top performing sales organizations, First Data recognized Merchant Services with its 2008 President's Award for Top New Clients.

First Data presents the President's Award to only the top three U.S. sales organizations, as ranked by performance in that calendar year. This is truly a coveted award, and one that is equally difficult to obtain. Merchant Services received the award in part due to exceptional sales performance in 2008, marking its strongest year of performance since its founding in 1995.

About Merchant Services
Merchant Services, founded in Orange County, CA in 1995, has expanded to a company comprised of more than 300 skilled professionals. Merchant Services specializes in providing electronic payment solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout the United States. Today, Merchant Services operates in all 48 of the continental United States and provides state of the art, cost-effective transaction services to tens of thousands of business partners.

About First Data
First Data, a leader in the electronic payment industry, supports over 4.6 million merchant locations and processed more than 30 billion transactions in 2008. First Data supports a major share of the U.S. processing market, partnering with the largest base of sales organizations in the country.

October 10, 2007 |
Merchant Services Launches Partnership with First Data, the Nation's Largest Processor

Merchant Services announced today that it has entered into an agreement to market First Data products and services to business partners throughout the United States.

By entering into a partnership with First Data's product line and system reliability, Merchant Services will be effectively positioned to support a diverse cross section of merchant needs.

"As we move to strengthen our national presence, First Data was the clear partner to meet our strategic objectives", said Merchant Services' Vice President of Operations. "Their value added products and support infrastructure will ensure that our team of sales professionals will have all of the tools at their disposal to provide merchants with a collection of e-commerce solutions designed to meet their every business need."

Through this new partnership, Merchant Services will bolster its robust training program and skilled team of experts responsible for helping to ensure merchant success and satisfaction with a technology support network of unrivaled reliability.

About Merchant Services
Merchant Services, founded in Orange County, CA in 1995, has expanded to a company comprised of more than 300 skilled professionals. Merchant Services specializes in providing electronic payment solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout the United States. Today, Merchant Services operates in all 48 of the continental United States and provides state of the art, cost-effective transaction services to tens of thousands of business partners.

About First Data
First Data, a leader in the electronic payment industry, supports over 4.6 million merchant locations and processed more than 30 billion transactions in 2008. First Data supports a major share of the U.S. processing market, partnering with the largest base of sales organizations in the country.

October 10, 2007 |
Merchant Services and CrossCheck Partner to Offer Check Guarantee Services

Merchant Services announced that it will now offer CrossCheck's check approval and guarantee services to its array of merchant service solutions.

Merchant Services is constantly looking for value-added products and services to ensure that its business partners have the best payment solutions at their disposal. Merchant Services' diverse array of e-commerce solutions, when combined with CrossCheck's check guarantee services, will allow merchants to need one relationship for all their payment needs.

The dynamic check guarantee services offered by CrossCheck are designed to give merchants the highest percentage of approved transactions and to protect them against bad checks while providing retail customers payment flexibility.

“Merchant Services is committed to providing our merchants with a full range of e-commerce solutions – from enhanced check services and credit and debit to gift and loyalty – to ensure that they are best positioned to enhance and expand their business,” said Jason Moore, president of Merchant Services. “Our new partnership with CrossCheck clearly illustrates our commitment to that purpose. We are pleased to offer our business partners this option to reduce the risk of check acceptance.”

About Merchant Services
Merchant Services, founded in Orange County, CA in 1995, has expanded to a company comprised of more than 300 skilled professionals. Merchant Services specializes in providing electronic payment solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout the United States. Today, Merchant Services operates in all 48 of the continental United States and provides state of the art, cost-effective transaction services to tens of thousands of business partners.

About CrossCheck
CrossCheck, Inc. provides check approval and guarantee services for a variety of merchants nationwide. For more than 20 years, its goal has been to increase merchants' profits by assisting them with check acceptance while providing their customers with payment flexibility. Annually, CrossCheck handles and approves billions of dollars worth of transactions for its retail and dealer outlets. CrossCheck is known for industry firsts and cutting-edge technology. For more information, visit www.cross-check.com.

Philanthropic News

April 13, 2013 | Garden Grove, CA
Competition for a Cause – Packaging with a Purpose

Merchant Services employees volunteer with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC) to package food donations for children from low-income families and seniors.

Once again, Merchant Services enlisted a group of volunteers eager to give back to the community by helping those in need. Employees dedicated their time over the weekend to the Community Action Partnership of Orange County to package cases of food for children from low income families and seniors. The spirit of competition was alive and well as Merchant Services’ volunteers raced to see who could pack the most boxes, but the best part of the day was knowing that their efforts kept people from going hungry.

“It has been truly inspiring to see the level of enthusiasm and involvement our team members have shown while taking part in these volunteer opportunities,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk. “We have seen an overwhelming desire from our team to help those in need within our own community.”

The Merchant Services volunteers were able to assemble 2,440 cases of non-perishable food items. The company looks forward to working again with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County to assist others needing a helping hand.

About Merchant Services

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services has committed itself to serving the community.  Its team partners with multiple local, national, and international organizations to meet its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through investing in donations to community strengthening organizations.

Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners worldwide.  To learn more about Merchant Services, please visit www.merchantsvcs.com.

About Community Action Partnership of Orange County

Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC) strives to bring the entire community together to create solutions to problems and solve the issues that matter the most. CAPOC is an investment in Orange County to build strong and successful communities. As the leading solutions provider to end poverty, CAPOC invests in and activates the resources to make the greatest possible impact in communities across Orange County.

For additional information, contact:

Carrie Gale
Merchant Services
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000 x7917

April 1, 2013 | Irvine, CA
Merchant Services Celebrates 50 Wishes and Disney Dreams

Merchant Services is Recognized as the Region’s Largest Single Wish-Grantor as They Celebrate Their 50th Wish with a Little Boy Who Dreams Big

Jason is an easy-going little boy who enjoys playing with his twin brother, looking through photos and everything Disney. His favorite photos are those of a trip to China that his father and sister took.  When it came time for Jason to choose his most heartfelt wish, he decided he wanted to go to China too and visit the Disneyland there.

Merchant Services partnered with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to give this little boy the adventure of a lifetime.   Jason and his family soaked in the local Chinese culture with visits to Victoria Pier, Aberdeen Village and the Stanley Market. They also took an Ocean Park Tour and visited one the largest oceanariums in the world. At Disneyland Hong Kong, Jason enjoyed going on rides, comparing the park to the one in Anaheim, speaking Chinese at a special meet-and-greet with Mickey and Minnie  and watching a special Chinese New Year parade.

Now Jason has photos and memories of his own trip to China that he can reflect on, hold dear and remember when he has challenging days.

“Giving to organizations like Make-A-Wish is at the core of our business philosophy” said Bob Parisi, Senior Vice President of Merchant Services.  “We love helping to provide experiences that bring a bit of hope and joy to these kids and their families.”

Jason’s wish marks the 50th wish granted by Merchant Services.  Jason’s family and the President and CEO of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire, Stephanie McCormack, joined Merchant Services to share Jason’s wish and celebrate in this accomplishment. During this heartfelt occasion, it was announced that Merchant Services is recognized as the region’s largest single wish-granter.

“It has been an honor to be a part of Merchant Services’ charitable giving initiative from day one” stated Alicyn Roy, an Account Executive with Merchant Services.  “The Make-A-Wish kids have made a lasting impact on me and my collective "work family," and we can't wait to help out with the next 50 wishes."

About Merchant Services

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services has committed itself to serving the community.  Its team partners with multiple local, national, and international organizations to meet its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through investing in donations to community strengthening organizations.

Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners worldwide.  To learn more about Merchant Services, please visit www.merchantsvcs.com.

 About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions though its wish-granting work.  Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world.  The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities.  To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire, please visit www.wishocie.com.

For additional information, contact:

Carrie Gale
Merchant Services
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000 x7917

 

December 19, 2012 | Orange, CA
The Orangewood Children’s Home Receives Some Holiday Cheer from Merchant Services of Irvine

Merchant Services of Irvine Partners with Orangewood Children’s Home to Bring Holiday Cheer to Children in Need

 Every child has that one toy they really want for the holidays, but at Orangewood Children’s Home, the desire to know that someone cares outweighs the pleasure of an actual gift.  Merchant Services of Irvine chose the Orangewood Children’s Foundation®, an organization dedicated to helping abused and neglected children, for their 2012 Holiday Giving Program to give these children both.

With a goal of 150 happy children within the timespan of one month, the employees of Merchant Services of Irvine pulled together to give the children of Orangewood Children’s Home the number one item on their wish list.  The holiday spirit was in the air as employees sought out ways to grant holiday wishes, some pulling into teams for big ticket items.

“It has been truly inspiring to see the level of enthusiasm and involvement our volunteers have shown while taking part in community service opportunities,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services of Irvine Nathan Jurczyk. “This team is truly committed to helping bring joy to children in situations where they need it most.”

Merchant Services of Irvine was the largest single donor of holiday gifts to the Orangewood Children’s Home  in 2012.  Over 400 items were donated to the Foundation, and received by a staff proclaiming, “Oh my, look at that! We have a child who is going to be so surprised!”

About Merchant Services of Irvine

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services of Irvine has committed itself to serving the community.  Its team partners with multiple local, national, and international organizations to meet its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through investing in donations to community strengthening organizations.

Merchant Services of Irvine is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services of Irvine provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners worldwide.  To learn more about Merchant Services of Irvine, please visit www.merchantsvcs.com.

 About the Orangewood Children’s Foundation®

The Orangewood Children’s Foundation® began over 30 years ago with a vision to build a facility to shelter Orange County Children who were the victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.  Continuing to realize that goal today, their focus is the ongoing needs of children in the foster care system and developing a wide range of activities, scholarships, support, and programs to give every child the chance to succeed.  For more information on the Orangewood Children’s Foundation®, visit orangewoodfoundation.org.

For additional information, contact:

Carrie Gale
Merchant Services of Irvine
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000 x7917

December 1, 2012 | Huntington Beach, CA
Merchant Services of Irvine Sponsors a Make-A-Wish Vacation Made for a Princess

Merchant Services of Irvine Partners with Make-A-Wish to Sponsor Young Girl’s Magical Trip to Disney World

Evie is an adorable little girl who loves playing with her little sister, lions, sunflowers, singing, and anything Disney.  Her most heartfelt wish was to visit her favorite Disney character, Princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid, at Disney World.

A magical trip was arranged with star treatment for little Evie to escape her everyday battles with Mucopolysaccharidosis IVA.  Evie and her family stayed at the Give the Kids the World Village, where Evie enjoyed daily gifts sent to her room, all day access to ice cream, horseback riding, and playing with the toys lining the walls of the gingerbread house.  The most exciting part of her trip, however, was the personal hour Evie got to spend with Ariel.  And the magic didn’t end there; later that day during the parade, Ariel made sure to send Evie a special signal and wave to her enthusiastically from the float.

“Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, children with life threatening medical conditions can experience things they might not normally have a chance to because of their illness or financial challenges,” said Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services of Irvine. “Make-A-Wish makes it possible for the whole family to be involved.  It’s something they can look forward to and enjoy together as a family.”

Evie’s wish has given her and her family memories that they will never forget.

About Merchant Services of Irvine

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services of Irvine has committed itself to serving the community.  Its team partners with multiple local, national, and international organizations to meet its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through investing in donations to community strengthening organizations.

Merchant Services of Irvine is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services of Irvine provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners worldwide.  To learn more about Merchant Services of Irvine, please visit www.merchantsvcs.com.

 About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions though its wish-granting work.  Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world.  The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities.  To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire, please visit www.wishocie.com.

For additional information, contact:

Carrie Gale
Merchant Services of Irvine
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000 x7917

December 1, 2012 | Orange, CA
Make-A-Wish and Merchant Services of Irvine Help This Young Lady Say “Aloha” to Paradise

Make-A-Wish Sends a Young Woman to Paradise with Help from Merchant Services of Irvine

Kristin is a strong young woman living with Sarcoma Cancer, but she doesn’t let that hold her back. She loves the water, time with her friends, and the feeling of sand between her toes.  When it came to deciding her most heartfelt wish, Kristin wanted nothing more than to visit the shores of beautiful Hawaii.

Nothing was held back from this VIP vacation. Kristin and her family were ushered to the airport via limousine, and upon landing in the Aloha state, they were greeted with traditional Hawaiian leis.  During the stay, Kristin enjoyed horseback riding, jet skiing, boat touring, a historic tour of Pearl Harbor, and the family favorite: swimming and snorkeling.  Kristin’s favorite moment, however, was swimming and interacting with the dolphins.

Kristin and her family will never forget their trip of adventures, excursions, and relaxation on the beach.  They are all grateful to Merchant Services of Irvine for helping to make Kristin’s wish come true.

“Giving to organizations like Make-A-Wish is at the core of our business philosophy” said Bob Parisi, Senior Vice President of Merchant Services of Irvine. “We love helping to provide experiences that bring a bit of hope and joy to these kids and their families.”

About Merchant Services of Irvine

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services of Irvine has committed itself to serving the community.  Its team partners with multiple local, national, and international organizations to meet its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through investing in donations to community strengthening organizations.

Merchant Services of Irvine is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services of Irvine provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners worldwide.  To learn more about Merchant Services of Irvine, please visit www.merchantsvcs.com.

 About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions though its wish-granting work.  Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world.  The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities.  To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire, please visit www.wishocie.com.

For additional information, contact:

Carrie Gale
Merchant Services of Irvine
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000 x7917

November 14, 2012 | Irvine, CA
Merchant Services of Irvine Offers Health and Lifestyle Expo for Employees

Merchant Services of Irvine offers employees the opportunity for health and lifestyle education while participating in an enjoyable and informative onsite Expo.  Health Service Professionals were on hand to offer tips for wellbeing, fitness services and self-care opportunities.  Exhibits included information on personal development, nutrition, fitness, spinal screening, money management and dental consultations.  The Expo was extremely well attended with the majority of Merchant Services of Irvine employees participating in the afternoon event.

 

“Investing in our team members’ wellbeing and overall health reflects our values of acting in a socially responsible manner,” stated Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President.  “We are thrilled to provide our team members with resources to improve their quality of life, and in turn, the quality of life of those around them.”

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services of Irvine has committed itself to serving the community.  Its team partners with multiple local and national organizations to achieve its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations and additional volunteer hours to community strengthening organizations

About Merchant Services of Irvine

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services of Irvine is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized twice by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services of Irvine provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About Health Dimensions

Health Dimensions prides itself on gathering the experts in the fields of health, wellness, fitness, recreation, safety, environment, family and lifestyle who offer screenings, interactive exhibits, samplings and consultations free of charge to the attendees during the expo.  Health Dimensions has over 20 years of experience coordinating 3,500 health and lifestyle Expos for over 250,000 people covering a three state area.  For more information on Health Dimensions programs call (760) 268-9131 or visit

www.healthdimensions.com

For additional information, contact:

Carrie Gale
Merchant Services of Irvine
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000
PublicRelations@merchantsvcs.com
http://www.merchantsvcs.com/


November 12, 2012 | Victorville, CA
Make-A-Wish Barbie Bedroom Makeover Dream Becomes a Reality for Young Girl Through Merchant Services of Irvine Corporate Sponsorship

Merchant Services of Irvine partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® to grant young girl’s wish to have a Barbie Bedroom Makeover.

Ailene is a sweet young girl who enjoys anything girly! She loves playing with her sister and their doll house, her favorite colors are pink and hot pink, she enjoys watching Disney princess movies and she cannot get enough of anything Barbie. At the time Ailene was choosing her wish, she knew she was going to be moving to a new home. She wished for a brand new room full of all of her favorite things, especially any and every kind of Barbie decoration. Ailene’s room was completely transformed with beautiful pink walls, Barbie bedding on her new bunk bed, pink glittery curtains and Barbie decals throughout her room.  Ailene absolutely loves it all! She is pretty in pink and able to have fun in her new room while getting away from her worries of her Ewing Sarcoma.

“Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, children with life threatening medical conditions can have experiences that bring a bit of hope and joy.  Giving to organizations like Make-A-Wish is at the core of our business philosophy and we love being a part of the process,” said Vice President of Merchant Services of Irvine Nathan Jurczyk.

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services of Irvine has committed itself to serving the community.  Its team partners with multiple local, national, and international organizations to meet its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions to community strengthening organizations.

About Merchant Services of Irvine

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services of Irvine is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services of Irvine provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire, please visit
www.wishocie.org.

For additional information, contact:

Carrie Gale
Merchant Services of Irvine
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000
PublicRelations@merchantsvcs.com
http://www.merchantsvcs.com/

September 15, 2012 | Huntington Beach, CA
Merchant Services of Irvine Participates in the Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day to Keep Our Beaches Beautiful

Every year, over 14 billion pounds of waste are dumped into the earth’s oceans.  This year, Merchant Services of Irvine volunteered to do their part and protect our coast and waters by participating in the 2012 California Coastal Cleanup Day.

Merchant Services of Irvine employees took time out of their weekends to travel to Huntington State Beach for a day of scavenging for trash left in the sand and soiling the beaches.  By noon, the volunteers had cleaned roughly 500 feet of the coast, removing bottle caps, wrappers, twist ties, straws, plastic utensils, and cigarette butts.

“It has been truly inspiring to see the level of enthusiasm and involvement our team members have shown while taking part in these volunteer opportunities,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services of Irvine Nathan Jurczyk. “We have seen an overwhelming desire from our team to help those in our community.”

About Merchant Services of Irvine

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services of Irvine has committed itself to serving the community.  Its team partners with multiple local, national, and international organizations to meet its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through investing in donations to community strengthening organizations.

Merchant Services of Irvine is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services of Irvine provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners worldwide.  To learn more about Merchant Services of Irvine, please visit www.merchantsvcs.com.

 About Coastal Cleanup Day

California Coastal Cleanup Day is the state’s largest volunteer event. Every year, thousands of volunteers join to help the environment by cleaning up debris from California beaches and inland waterways. To learn more about Coastal Cleanup Day, visit http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html.

For additional information, contact:

Carrie Gale
Merchant Services of Irvine
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000 x7917

August 17, 2012 | Santa Ana, Calif
Merchant Services of Irvine Donates School Supplies to Local Children

Merchant Services partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana to provide backpacks stocked with school supplies to local children.

Merchant Services’ volunteers contributed back to school supplies including backpacks loaded with binders, paper, pens, pencils, crayons and pencils bags for children in grades K-12 participating in after school programs through the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana. The stocked backpacks were delivered to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana for distribution to local school children.  A total of 250 fully loaded backpacks were donated to the Boys & Girls Club, marking the largest back-to-school donation in the company’s history.

“It has been truly inspiring to see the level of enthusiasm and involvement our volunteers have shown while taking part in community service opportunities,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk. “This team is truly committed to helping kids in economically challenged areas succeed in their education.”

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services has committed itself to serving the community.  Its team partners with multiple local and national organizations to achieve its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations and additional volunteer hours to community strengthening organizations.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized twice by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Boys &Girls Club
Throughout the years the Boys & Girls Club has evolved to meet the needs of the community. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Boys & Girls Club continues to provide relevant and impactful programs each and every day. From addressing academics, to physical fitness, to life skills-the Boys & Girls Club provides a safe and nurturing environment for children, and is responding to important community needs. For more information on the Boys & Girls Club, visit www.boysandgirlsclub.com.


For additional information, contact:
Carrie Gale
Merchant Services
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000
PublicRelations@merchantsvcs.com
http://www.merchantsvcs.com/
 

August 1, 2012 | Beaumont, Calif
Merchant Services of Irvine Supports Boys Wish to Attend Jedi Training Camp

Merchant Services partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to make a boy’s wish to attend Jedi Training Camp come true.

Star Wars is the one joy that keeps Brayden distracted during his countless medical treatments.  Even before he learned to read, he was studying everything there was to know about becoming a Jedi. When it came time to select his wish, Brayden knew that he wanted to go to Jedi Training camp at Disney World. At the Training Camp, Jedi themed wheel decals and a Star Wars sunshade transformed Brayden’s wheelchair into his very own spaceship transporting him to special shows, presentations and face-to-face interactions with his favorite Star Wars characters. After several days of non-stop exploration and tireless training, Brayden earned the title of Jedi Master.

“Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, children with life threatening medical conditions can experience things they might not normally have a chance to because of their illness or financial challenges,” said Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk. “Make-A-Wish makes it possible for the whole family to be involved.  It’s something they can look forward to and enjoy together as a family.”

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services has committed itself to serving the community.  Its team partners with multiple local, national, and international organizations to meet its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire, please visit www.wishocie.org.

For additional information, contact:
Carrie Gale
Merchant Services
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000
PublicRelations@merchantsvcs.com
http://www.merchantsvcs.com/

 

June 4, 2012 | Los Alamitos, Calif
Merchant Services Grants Laptop Wish for Local Youth

Merchant Services partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to make a young man’s wish for a laptop computer come true.

Fighting end stage renal disease is challenging for Roque and his constant treatments limit his time with friends. Roque wished for a laptop computer in order to stay in touch with his friends even when he can’t see them in person. His wish was granted with a new laptop decorated with the colors of Roque’s favorite soccer team Chivas. Feeling happy and hopeful, Roque is able to stay connected to the people that love and support him.

“Giving to organizations like Make-A-Wish is at the core of our business philosophy” said Bob Parisi, Senior Vice President of Merchant Services. “We love helping to provide experiences that bring a bit of hope and joy to these kids and their families.”

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services has committed itself to serving the community. Its team partners with multiple local, national, and international organizations to meet its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire, please visit www.wishocie.org.


For additional information, contact:
Carrie Gale
Merchant Services
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000
PublicRelations@merchantsvcs.com
http://www.merchantsvcs.com/

March 1, 2012 |
Merchant Services Donates $500 to the American Cancer Society

Merchant Services recently donated $500 to the American Cancer Society, one of ten charities selected to receive a donation from the Irvine-based company.

Merchant Services has a strong history of giving back to the community and this year is no exception.  Following dozens of contributions to local, national and international charitable organizations throughout 2011, the company opened 2012 by selecting ten charities to receive $500 each.

“The idea stemmed from our desire to personalize our Corporate Giving program with our Sales Team by contributing funds to the causes that are most important to them,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk. “So we asked them to submit the name of their favorite charity or non-profit group and held a drawing to select the final ten recipients.  We were thrilled with the outpouring of passion and enthusiasm and their clear desire to be involved in the giving process.”

The American Cancer Society uses donations to fund prevention programs and awareness campaigns. These programs are designed to promote wellness and health through every phase of life. From early school health programs to active adult programs, the American Cancer Society is determined to raise cancer awareness, education, and prevention.

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to the community. Its team continues to partner with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner, through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations


About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

January 23, 2012 | Riverside, Calif.
Merchant Services Supports Young Cancer Patient’s Wish for a Bedroom Makeover

Merchant Services partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to make a little girl’s wish for a room makeover come true.

Beatriz is fighting bone cancer. As a result of her compromised immune system, she is required to spend a lot of time at home and her bedroom has become her haven. It is her place to go and play with her toys, away from doctors, hospitals, chemotherapy, and the everyday reminders of her illness. When Beatriz was asked what her most heartfelt wish was, without hesitation she said she wanted to have her room redecorated.

“Beatriz’ room makeover was inspired by her favorite character, Hello Kitty. It featured Hello Kitty-themed décor, toys, and even the white four-post canopy bed she had always wanted,” said Bob Parisi, Senior Vice President of Merchant Services. “Giving to organizations like Make-A-Wish is at the core of our business philosophy.  We love helping to provide experiences that bring a bit of hope and joy to these kids and their families.”

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services has committed itself to serving the community.  Its team partners with multiple local, national, and international organizations to meet its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable, and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire, please visit www.wishocie.org.

For additional information, contact:
Becky Phelps
Merchant Services
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000
PublicRelations@merchantsvcs.com
http://www.merchantsvcs.com/

January 11, 2012 |
Merchant Services Supports San Diego YWCA Domestic Violence Program

Merchant Services has a long-standing tradition of giving back to the community, and this winter is no exception.  The Irvine-based company recently donated $500 to Becky’s House®, a Domestic Violence Program run by the YWCA of San Diego County.

“Our hope is to provide assistance to charitable groups with a specific focus on children and families in need,” shared Senior Vice President of Merchant Services Bob Parisi. “Becky’s House is a phenomenal program and we are proud to support their efforts in providing a safe haven for women and children in their time of need.”

The Becky's House® Domestic Violence Program supports the individual's journey from victim to survivor to achiever. The program includes a 30-day domestic violence emergency shelter and two 18-month transitional living programs for victims of domestic violence and their families.

The YWCA’s Becky’s House® has the largest number of emergency shelter and transitional housing beds in the county, with 47 and 85 respectively, for women and children escaping domestic violence.

Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to the community since its inception in 1995. Its team continues to partner with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner, through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

January 11, 2012 |
Merchant Services Supports International Medical Humanitarian Program

As part of their ongoing commitment to supporting charitable organizations, Merchant Services is donating $500 to Doctors Without Borders, an International Medical Humanitarian Program.

Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.  Today, MSF provides independent, impartial assistance in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services, had this to say about his company’s charitable contribution. “We are pleased to support organizations like DoctorsWithout Borders who provide critical assistance to those in need around the globe. Donating to worthy non-profit efforts is a cornerstone to our business model and we are proud to continue our legacy of giving back.”

Today, in places such as Chad, Niger, Kenya, Bangladesh, and Sudan, Doctors Without Borders runs vaccination campaigns and water-and-sanitation projects, provides basic medical care through clinics and mobile clinics, builds or rehabilitates hospitals, treats malnutrition and infectious diseases, and provides mental health support.
Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to the community since its inception in 1995. Its team continues to partner with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner, through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars to community strengthening organizations.


About Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in nearly 70 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

 

January 11, 2012 |
Merchant Services Donates $500 to Equine Rescue Center

Merchant Services announced today it will be donating $500 to the Equine Rescue Center in Paicines, California. The Irvine-based company is donating $5,000 to 10 charities selected by their sales team as part of their Winter Giving Program.

Merchant Services launched a Winter Giving Program that provides a donation of $500 each to ten separate charities.  The company invited their sales team to submit the name of their favorite charity and then held a drawing to select the final ten recipients.  The Equine Rescue Center was one of those ten.

“We are committed to giving back to the community through charitable contributions,” said Bob Parisi, Senior Vice President of Merchant Services, adding “supporting non-profit organizations that are important to our team members, such as the Equine Rescue Center, helps get everyone involved and brings corporate giving to a more personal level.”

Since its inception in 1995 Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to the community. Its team partners with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner, through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations

About the Equine Rescue Center
The mission of the Equine Rescue Center is to rescue abused, abandoned, neglected, orphaned equines including horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. They provide a safe home where these animals can receive veterinary care, rehabilitation, socialization, proper nutrition and most of all love.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

 

 

 

January 11, 2012 |
Merchant Services Announces Donation to Hospice Program in Rensselaer, New York

Merchant Services announces $500 donation to Community Hospice of Rensselaer, New York as part of their new Winter Giving Program.

Continuing their legacy of giving back to the community, Merchant Services recently announced it will be donating $500 to Community Hospice of Rensselaer, New York, a non-profit organization nominated by one of its sales team members to receive one of ten $500 donations. 

“We are committed to supporting charitable causes and this year we created a program that invited our sales team to nominate worthy charities for one of ten $500 donations,” shared Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services. “We were pleased with the level of enthusiasm and dedication our sales team has demonstrated, and we are thrilled to be able to support some of the charities they selected.”

The Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, New York provides expert care to those who are very ill with any disease, in addition to help and support for their families. They show patients and their loved ones how to focus on the things that matter most, encouraging them to set goals and embrace life.

Since their inception in 1995, Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to the community and they continue to partner with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-

January 11, 2012 |
Merchant Services Donates $500 to Nation’s Largest Animal Protection Organization

Merchant Services donates $500 to the Humane Society of the United States, continuing its commitment to giving back to the community through its support of charitable organizations. 

The Humane Society donation is part of Merchant Services’ Winter Giving Program, which provides a $500 donation to ten separate charities selected by their sales team. “It has been truly heartwarming to see the level of enthusiasm and involvement our team members have demonstrated while taking part in this program,” noted Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk. “We have seen an overwhelming desire from our team to help those in need with a particular focus on children, families and the welfare of animals.”

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to the community.  Its team continues to partner with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet its vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization and America's mainstream force against animal cruelty, exploitation and neglect. Established in 1954, it is a leading disaster relief agency for animals, providing direct care for thousands of animals at their rescue facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 

January 11, 2012 |
Merchant Services Makes Donation to Lou Gehrig’s Disease Prevention Efforts

Merchant Services announces it will be donating $500 to Phi Delta Theta, the fraternity that famed baseball player Lou Gehrig once called home.  The Phi Delta Theta organization is a strong supporter in the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehreg’s Disease.

Since their inception in 1995, Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to those in need. Its team continues to partner with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner, through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations.

“We are proud to support the work of Phi Delta Theta in their efforts to raise funds in the fight against ALS,” shared Bob Parisi, Senior Vice President of Merchant Services. “Their numerous fundraising campaigns throughout the year are to be commended and their commitment to this cause is admirable.” 

Established in 1985, The ALS Association is leading the way in global research for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  They provide assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinate multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and foster government partnerships. The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life for those suffering from ALS while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 

January 11, 2012 |
Merchant Services Announces Additional Winter Giving Program Donation

Merchant Services donates $500 to Restoration Bible Church in Cleveland, Tennessee, as part of its Winter Giving Program.

Continuing its legacy of giving back to the community, Merchant Services donates $500 to Restoration Bible Church, a non-profit organization nominated by one of their sales team members to receive one of ten $500 donations. 

“We wanted to create a program that allowed our sales team to become personally involved in the selection of our donation recipients, so we invited them to nominate their favorite charities. A drawing was held to select the final ten recipients,” shared Bob Parisi, Senior Vice President of Merchant Services. “We were thrilled with the level of enthusiasm and dedication our sales team showed for the Winter Giving Program.”

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to the community. Its team continues to partner with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner, through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 

January 11, 2012 |
Merchant Services Makes Donation to Local Foundation

 

Irvine, CA; January 11, 2012 – Merchant Services announced today it will be donating $500 to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library. To round out an exceptional year of giving back to the community, the Irvine-based company is donating $5,000 to 10 charities nominated by members of their sales team and selected at random.

“We are thrilled at the response from our team and the level of enthusiasm they have shown,” said Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services, adding “supporting non-profit foundations such as the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation provides our local communities with an important historical legacy and we are pleased to make this donation on behalf of our team members.”

In 2011, over 60,000 children visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library where they participated in immersive, educational experiences designed to inspire the next generation of student leaders.

Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to the community since their inception in 1995. Its team continues to partner with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner, through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations.

About the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Ronald Reagan’s legacy of inspired freedom. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by President Reagan himself and specifically charged by him with continuing his legacy and sharing his principles - individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride. The Foundation is a non-partisan organization which sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center and its internationally recognized, award-winning Discovery Center, and the Air Force One Pavilion.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.


 

January 11, 2012 |
Merchant Services Announces Local Children’s Research Hospital Donation

Merchant Services announced today that it will be donating $500 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Los Angeles.

Since its inception in 1995, Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to the community. Its team continues to partner with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner, through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations.

Merchant Services recently announced ten $500 donations to separate charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Our philosophy has always been that companies should act in a socially responsible manner, which includes supporting charitable causes,” shared Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services, adding ”At the heart of our giving program is a focus on children and families in need. We are honored to help support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their ground breaking research efforts.”

St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made there have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today's most gifted researchers are able to interact with patients while developing cutting-edge treatments.  St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance - no child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.


About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 

December 23, 2011 |
Merchant Services Continues Annual Holiday Toy Collection Drive to Help Children in Need

Merchant Services partnered with Spark of Love Toy Drive to collect toys for children in need this holiday season.

As part of their ongoing commitment to supporting organizations that help children and families in need, Merchant Services Irvine hosted their annual employee toy collection. Over the course of just two weeks, 76 toys were collected and donated to the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

“Our employees look forward to these opportunities to give back to the community throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season,” sharedBob Parisi, Senior Vice President of Merchant Services, adding “in addition to our regular corporate giving programs, we work to provide as many opportunities for our employees to become involved as possible.”

“It’s great working for a company that gives so much to the community throughout the year,” shared Eric Madura, Client Services Manager at Merchant Services. ”And I love that they give us the chance to help as well. Something as simple as bringing in a new toy for a child, and I know I am doing something to help make a difference - it’s a heartwarming feeling.”

Since its inception in 1995 Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to the community. Its team continues to partner with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner, through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations.


About Spark of Love Toy Drive
Every year, thousands of children experience a Christmas morning with no gifts to open. To help tackle this crisis, ABC7 and Southland firefighters host the “Spark of Love Toy Drive.” With the love and support of “Spark of Love Toy Drive” donors and sponsors, children across Southern California will receive a new toy each holiday season.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 

December 16, 2011 |
Merchant Services of Irvine Supports Boys Wish to Cruise With Favorite TV Characters

Merchant Services, as part of their ongoing dedication to partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, recently helped a boy from Fontana, California go on a Nickelodeon Cruise with his family.

Andres is a young boy from Fontana who loves making people laugh, watching his favorite shows on Nickelodeon and spending time with his brothers. When the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked him what he wanted to do for his special wish, he knew he wanted to go on a Nickelodeon Cruise.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps children with life threatening medical conditions experience things they might not normally get to because to their illness, financial challenges, or other circumstances,” said Senior Vice President of Merchant Services Bob Parisi, “and the experience doesn’t just happen for the child with the illness, Make-A-Wish makes it possible for the whole family to be involved.  It’s something they can look forward to and enjoy together.”

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the support of Merchant Services, Andres and his family were able to spend time together on the cruise laughing, playing and having fun - which provided a much needed break from their normal routine of hospitals and doctors visits.

Merchant Services was pleased to partner with Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make Andres’ wish come true.
      
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services, located in Irvine, California, is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

 

December 6, 2011 |
Merchant Services Helps 19 Southland Military Families

Merchant Services donates more than 230 gifts to 19 military families this holiday season through the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps YMCA Secret Santa Program.

Merchant Services of Irvine, California partnered with the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA to participate in their Secret Santa Program.  The program provides Service Members with the opportunity to complete a Christmas wish list for their families, which is then fulfilled by local community members, supporters and businesses.

“Each family had at least one family member actively enlisted in the Marines, many of whom were deployed over the holidays,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk. “We were thrilled to partner with the Marine Corps to help make the holidays a little brighter for these families.”

Since its inception in 1995 Merchant Services has been committed to giving back to the community. Its team continues to partner with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner, through the investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to community strengthening organizations.


About The Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA
The Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA is a civilian non-profit organization located on base. Their mission is to enhance the lives of military personnel and their family members in Spirit, Mind, and Body. In cooperation with the Base Commands, the Armed Services YMCA offers programs and services which strengthen families and encourage individuals to achieve their fullest potential.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 

August 22, 2011 |
Merchant Services of Irvine Supports Boy’s Wish to See a T-Rex
Merchant Services of Irvine, as part of their ongoing dedication to partnering with the Make-A-Wish foundation®, recently granted their 40th wish and helped a young boy from Mission Viejo, CA, see a Tyrannosaurus-Rex and meet paleontologists.
 
Gavin is a spunky boy who loves dinosaurs. When he was receiving treatments for leukemia, he would ask his mom to bring him books about dinosaurs. He has been to several museums before to see dinosaurs on display; however, he knew that there are very few places that have an actual T-Rex skeleton on display. So naturally, when it came time for Gavin to make a wish, he wished to see a T-Rex!
 
Merchant Services of Irvine was pleased to partner with Make-A-Wish foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to make this wish come true for Gavin.
 
Gavin’s journey began in Chicago, Illinois when he went to see “Sue” the T-Rex at the Field Museum. At the museum, Gavin was able to meet a paleontologist, go down into the collection room where they house all of the dinosaur bones that are not on display, watch 3-D movies about dinosaurs, and help the scientists in the lab who were working on a set of bones. Gavin had a personal museum guide that walked them through the different displays and explained the latest in dinosaur facts.
 
Gavin described the trip as “nothing short of awe-inspiring and spectacular.”
 
“We are proud to partner with Make-A-Wish® to support these wonderful and uplifting experiences for these children and their families,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services, Nathan Jurczyk.
 
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services, located in Irvine, California, is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to business throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the US, Merchant Services provides sound, reliable, cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire, please visit www.wishocie.org.
 
For Additional information, contact:
Shari Selnick
Merchant Services
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000
May 20, 2011 | Upland, CA
Merchant Services of Irvine Supports Boys Wish to Meet Animators
Merchant Services of Irvine, as part of their ongoing dedication to partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, recently helped a boy from Upland, CA meet the animators of his favorite cartoon, Sponge Bob Square Pants.
 
Marcos likes to have fun with his friends and family, his favorite color is yellow, he likes to play games - but most of all he loves to watch his favorite television show, Sponge Bob Square Pants. Marcos always laughs at Sponge Bob’s predicaments and for his wish he knew he wanted to meet the ‘brains’ behind the sponge and go to Nickelodeon Studios to meet the animators of the show.
 
Merchant Services of Irvine was pleased to partner with Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make Marcos’ wish come true.
      
When Marcos arrived at the Studios, he was greeted by a staff member who presented him with a goody bag before taking him on a tour of the facility and into a private screening room to view an upcoming episode. Next Marcos went into a recording studio where he watched the voice talent of Sponge Bob record a section of the show. Afterward he was able to meet some of the animators who showed Marcos how they use computers to create the characters. Marcos was able to do some drawings and one of the animators made a special autographed Sponge Bob picture for Marcos to remember his visit.
      
Marcos had a wonderful time. He could not stop smiling and now when he watches his favorite show, he will remember the fun he had on his special wish day.
  
“We are proud to partner with Make-A-Wish® to support these wonderful and uplifting experiences for these children and their families,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Bob Parisi.
 
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services, located in Irvine, California, is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.
March 28, 2011 |
Merchant Services raises Disaster Relief funds for Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Victims
Merchant Services recently created a charitable giving program that included a corporate donation, employee giving and corporate matching – all aimed at gathering funds for Japanese disaster relief. All together Merchant Services donated more than $3,000 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and the Pacific Tsunami that followed.
 
“In the wake of these devastating events, we understand the urgent need for financial contributions to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross. Once the decision was made to put together a program, we knew we needed to act quickly and our team jumped in to make it happen,” shared Merchant Services Vice President of Operations Nathan Jurczyk, adding “we are proud of the outpouring of support from our employees to help those in need.”  
 
Merchant Services has a long-standing commitment to giving back to the community and since their inception in 1995 has partnered with multiple local, national and international organizations to meet their vision of continuously acting in a socially responsible manner.
 
 
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
March 21, 2011 | Huntington Beach, CA
Merchant Services Helps Teen Enjoy Unique Twilight Experience
 A fan of all things supernatural, Brooke has always loved werewolves, vampires and all stories with the weird and the wonderful. Brooke has been a longtime fan of the “Twilight” books and loved the movies as well. When it was time for Brooke’s wish, she wanted to go on a Twilight experience tour in Washington to see where the action takes place.
 
Merchant Services was pleased to partner with Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make Brooke’s wish for a Twilight adventure come true.
 
Brooke’s wish began when she and her family arrived in Seattle, Washington where they enjoyed a delicious dinner and took in the fabulous views of the city while dining at the world-famous Space Needle. The next day, the family traveled to Forks, Washington, the location of the Twilight films, where the real adventure was about to begin - an ultimate Twilight tour!
 
Brooke got to see everything – walking in the footsteps of her favorite characters she visited Cullen’s house and even stopped off at Forks High School where Twilight characters Edward and Bella met for the first time. After several great days in Forks, Brooke and her family returned to Seattle where they were treated to a VIP showing of the third “Twilight” film, “Eclipse.”
  
“We are proud to support Make-A-Wish® with providing unique and memorable experiences for these young people and their families who are enduring the many challenges of living with a life-threatening illness,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk.
 
 
 
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.
February 1, 2011 | Hesperia, CA
Merchant Services Irvine Helps Young Boys Wish to Meet Favorite Football Team Become a Reality
Brett is a thrill-seeking, enthusiastic young man. He loves to watch his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, play as they trounce their opponents. He is such an ardent fan that his bedroom is dedicated to the Steelers. Team memorabilia lines the shelves and covers the walls so it came as no surprise to his family and friends that his wish was to meet the infamous Steelers.
 
Merchant Services was pleased to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make Brett’s wish come true!
 
Brett’s wish experience was better than he had imagined it would be. He was invited to stand on the sidelines of Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field Stadium and witness his team strategize for that night’s game. It was such a great feeling for him to see his favorite team right before his eyes as they prepared to win one for the fans. Immediately following practice and the team’s huddle, the Steelers made their way toward Brett. Conversations were sparked, photos were taken, and autographs were signed for Brett. From an outside perspective, the roles seemed to be reversed; the Steelers were the fans, and Brett was the superstar.
      
To add to Brett’s memorable day, he was invited to their evening game. The Steelers were anything but disappointing for Brett, as they convincingly beat their opponent. This was definitely a game and victory dedicated to the Steelers No.1, most loyal fan, Brett.
  
“We have a firm commitment to giving back to the community and are thrilled to continue partnering with Make-A-Wish® to help make memorable wishes like Brett’s come true,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk.
 
 
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.
November 26, 2010 | San Clemente, CA
Merchant Services Grants Its 35th Wish!

Merchant Services is thrilled to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to grant the wish of Matthew to become a sushi chef - the 35th wish sponsored by Merchant Services since December 2007!

 

Matthew is like a lot of teenage boys - he enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friends.  Unlike a lot of teenage boys, fourteen-year-old Matthew’s hobby and passion is making, and eating, sushi. His love for sushi began when, during what he described as a “flare” of his illness kicked in, he had an overwhelming desire to eat sushi.  He began making his own sushi and served it to his friends and family - always receiving rave reviews. 

 

When his Wish Granters asked him what his most heartfelt wish was, Matthew knew right away that it was to learn more about the art of sushi making by attending the California Sushi Academy in Los Angeles so he could develop his skills and make even better sushi for his friends and family.

 

Senior Vice President of Merchant Services, Bob Parisi, was on hand for a special ceremony at the Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA.  The event was part of the annual Make-A-Wish “Season of Wishes” campaign and Matthew received a gift certificate presented by Parisi to purchase the tools he would need for his classes.  After speaking to the large holiday shopping crowd about his wish, Matthew prepared a variety of sushi rolls with the help of master sushi chefs from the award-winning Katsuya Restaurant. “They were delicious!” raved Parisi.

 

Matthew then spent five days at the California Culinary Academy learning from one of the top sushi masters, Toshi Sugiura. Chef Sugiura not only shared his knowledge with Matthew about making sushi, he also taught him about how important the art of sushi making is to Japanese culture – something else Matthew is passionate about.

 

“It’s exciting and heart-warming to be a part of making a child’s wish come true.  The joy these wishes bring to them is priceless and we are truly honored to help support Matthew’s wish,” said Parisi.

 

Matthew’s experience at the Sushi Academy was unforgettable and he is now well on his way to becoming an accomplished sushi master.

  

“We are thrilled to partner with Make-A-Wish® to support wishes like Matthew’s.  We are committed to supporting wish granting throughout the year and it is particularly meaningful to be able to help bring so much joy to these children and their families during the holiday season.  It’s the perfect time to give back to the community,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk.

 

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

 

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

November 1, 2010 | Corona, CA
Merchant Services Helps 6-Year-Old Girl’s Fairytale Wish Come to Life!
Celeste is a joyful little girl who loves watching Hannah Montana and Disney princess movies.  When the wish granters asked Celeste about her most heartfelt wish, she knew exactly what she wanted - to have a princess room so she could enjoy it every day!

 

Merchant Services was pleased to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make Celeste’s fairytale wish come true!

        

On the day of her wish, Celeste happily danced around the house dressed in a lovely purple princess dress - complete with a tiara - as she waited for her room to be unveiled.

 

When Celeste walked into her room, she didn’t know where to look first!  From the canopy bed to the new armoire and desk, she instantly fell in love with all her new princess decor.  She was overjoyed at what a great job her wish granters had done and couldn’t believe that they had completely transformed her room in such a short time.  She was very appreciative and shared her gratitude with smiles and hugs for everyone.

        

Celeste’s new room is truly fit for a princess and will continue to bring her endless joy and happiness.  Celeste and her family are very thankful that her one special wish came true so she can now live like the princess she truly is!

  

“We are thrilled to partner with Make-A-Wish® to help make special wishes like Celeste’s come true.  It is our hope that her beautiful new princess room brings her much strength, happiness and joy,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk.

 

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

 

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

October 1, 2010 | Murrieta, CA
Merchant Services Helps Teen Enjoy Adventures in Paradise!
Fifteen-year-old Brian has often heard stories about his friends’ great summer vacations to the Hawaiian Islands and he found his friends’ island adventures so intriguing that he decided his most heartfelt wish was to experience the magic of the islands for himself.

 

Merchant Services was pleased to partner with Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make Brian’s wish for and exciting adventure to the Hawaiian Islands come true.

 

As soon as Brian and his family arrived to Hawaii’s big island of Oahu, they were greeted with leis and much aloha and they knew this was going to be no ordinary vacation. Over the next few days, Brian explored the island with his family and was amazed at the beauty of the lush surroundings. When he was not exploring the island, he was at the beach where learn how to surf at one of the most famous beaches in Hawaii. By the end of his surf lessons, he was ready to surf with some of the locals.

 

Of course, Brian’s trip would not be complete without a trip to the crystal clear waters of Hanauma Bay where he was able to go snorkeling and see all the colorful tropical fish he had seen only in pictures.

       

The memories Brian made with his family are a permanent reminder of the joy life promises.  His trip to Hawaii brought peace for the moment and the memories continue to provide him with hope for the future.

  

“We are proud to support Make-A-Wish® with providing these special memories for young people and their families enduring the many challenges of living with a life-threatening illness,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk.

 

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

 

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

September 13, 2010 | Apple Valley, CA
Merchant Services Helps Special Young Girl Meet Idol!

Eight year old Erica thinks Miley Cyrus is one of the most talented singers and actresses on the Disney Channel and when she selected her wish of meeting the superstar, Merchant Services was thrilled to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make another wish come true.

 

Erica loves to sing and dance to Hannah Montana and couldn’t wait to meet her favorite young star!  On her wish day Erica had a pizza party where she received a backpack filled with Miley Cyrus CDs and other mementos to help make Erica’s visit even more memorable. 

 

Before meeting Miley, Erica got to see her perform in a live concert then she was ushered backstage for her special meeting.  As soon as she saw Miley her face lit up and she ran over and gave her a big hug.  They talked and took pictures and then it was time for Erica to head home after her incredible day.

 

Erica’s with to meet Miley Cyrus was better than she had imagined it would be.  Her mom said that the wish could not have been more perfect and her daughter enjoyed the entire experience.

  

“We are thrilled to support Make-A-Wish® with providing these special moments of joy and laughter for children and their families” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk.

 

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

 

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

September 2, 2010 |
Merchant Services Volunteers Deliver Helping Hand to Local School Children

On September 2, volunteers from Merchant Services in Irvine, CA delivered 227 backpacks filled with school supplies to children who participate in the Motel Outreach Program coordinated by the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim as part of their “Give Back… Packs!” program. 

 

More than 150 Merchant Services volunteers joined together to purchase and deliver the school supplies to the children. Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk said “Supporting our community is core to our business philosophy. As a business, it’s important to be a responsible corporate citizen, and we are proud of the efforts of our volunteers in helping these kids with being successful in school.”

 

Merchant Services purchased backpacks for the children, while the volunteers donated supplies including pencils, pens, calculators, paper, crayons and other school essentials.

 

Barbara Quintana, Board Member of the Girls & Boys Club of Anaheim and member of the Magnolia School District Board of Trustees shared that her favorite part of being involved with the program was “seeing the look on the children’s faces, how elated they are when they receive sometimes the only thing they’ve ever been given that they can call their own. You’re doing something for someone else who doesn’t have anything.”

 

The Boys and Girls Club Motel Outreach Program provides children from preschool through high school a safe place to go after school to play, work on social skills, get homework help, and have a hot meal.  The more than 300 children who are part of the program live in transient motels with up to eight family members in one room. The Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim offers the children the tools to get them on the path to success.

 

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

August 24, 2010 | Fullerton, CA
Merchant Services Helps Young Boy’s Wish for Adventure Come to Life!

Jordan is a vivacious young boy who is full of life. While receiving his chemotherapy treatments, Jordan would watch his favorite television shows and he would see commercials for an amazing place called the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. He saw that people could swim with dolphins, watch a giant TV in their hotel room, eat lots of good food, and ride long, twisty water slides. So when his wish granters asked Jordan what he most wanted to do, he knew he wanted to go with his family to Atlantis!

       

 When he arrived at the resort, he was speechless. It was bigger and more beautiful than he had imagined. Jordan planned out his adventures. He wanted to make sure he did every activity that he had seen in the Atlantis commercials and he enjoyed swimming in the ocean, sliding down the pool slides and playing video games all night. He had a wonderful time exploring and feeling like a regular kid again.

 

Jordan’s parents said the entire family had a fabulous time. The trip was beyond their wildest expectations and these are memories that they will cherish forever thanks to the power of a wish.

 

“We are thrilled to be able to help with providing an unforgettable experience like this for Jordan and his family,” noted Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk. “Opportunities to give back to the community and help children like Jordan enjoy precious time with their families during these challenging times are something that bring each and ever member of our team great joy.”

 

 

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

 

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

July 26, 2010 | Murrieta, CA
Merchant Services Helps Young Girl’s Love of Reading and Passion for Animals Evolve into a Special Wish

Lainey is described as a “girly girl” who loves to play with dolls and run around with her older brothers.  An enthusiastic young lady with an optimistic heart, Lainey is an avid reader and has been inspired by her favorite American Girl Doll characters who ride horses during their adventures. With the help of Merchant Services and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire,  Lainey’s wish to have horseback riding lessons so she could ride like the heroines in the American Girl stories came true.

On her wish day, Lainey received a certificate for a year of horseback riding lessons and a gift card to a western apparel store where a personal shopper helped her choose her horseback riding gear. She chose many fun items, but her favorite purchase was a pair of bright pink cowboy boots, which she wears all the time.

Since beginning her weekly lessons, Lainey’s love for horses has grown and has given her something special to look forward to every week.  Lainey’s parents are so impressed by her passion for horses that they believe she will make an excellent competitive horseback rider or veterinarian one day. All these dreams for her future were made possible thanks to the power of a wish.

Merchant Services is pleased to support the wishes of children like Lainey.  Account Executive Alicyn Roy, who has been a driving force behind Merchant Services’ involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, noted that “It’s truly been an honor to be involved with this program.  As a horseback rider myself I know first-hand the healing effect animals have.  I’m happy we were able to share that gift.” 

 

Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services, added “It is wishes like this that really remind you what a difference a small contribution can make.  Make-A-Wish has shared that Lainey’s weekly riding lessons have helped her stay focused and motivated to be compliant with her medication, nutrition, and other important medical treatments.  This is a wish that truly may help a little girl overcome her illness.”

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

 

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of OrangeCounty and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org
June 1, 2010 | San Bernardino, CA
Merchant Services Helps 7-Year-Old Boy With Rare Genetic Disorder Enjoy New Adventures!
 
Merchant Services partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire to grant a special boy’s wish for a new wheelchair.
 
Isaiah is a young man who has a special way of communicating. Since he has a rare genetic disorder, Isaiah expresses himself with his eyes and his smile. Whenever he goes outside, his face and eyes light up. 
 
 Isaiah had a standard wheelchair so he was not able to comfortably go outside and relax for extended periods of time. For Isaiah’s wish, his parents knew he would love to have an all-terrain chair that would tilt back so Isaiah could go virtually anywhere with comfort and ease.  A new chair may not seem like a big deal but to a little boy like Isaiah, it makes all the difference in the world.
 
On the day of Isaiah’s wish party, his wish granters arrived at his house early to decorate with festive balloons and to make sure all of his favorite foods were ready for his guests. Isaiah was all smiles when he saw several wrapped boxes with his name on them. As each one was carefully opened, there was his fancy new chair along with a big basket filled with goodies for an outdoor picnic. Just what Isaiah needed to enjoy time with his family and friends in his new chair.
 
Now Isaiah lets his parents know when he wants to go outside and his new chair is bringing all of them endless hours of happiness and cherished time as a family. His parents are happy that their son has more freedom and they can all go exploring together.
 
Merchant Services is pleased to support the wishes of children like Isaiah. With a corporate culture grounded in giving back to the community, Merchant Services stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving non-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.
 
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.
 
 
April 11, 2010 | Tustin, CA
Merchant Services Helps Southern California Boy Enjoy Family Fun in the Snow
Ian is a Southern California boy who loves the snow! His family has taken vacations to well known Southern California ski Resort Big Bear for several years. Because of Ian’s illness and medical expenses, last year the family was not able to go on their annual trip. When Make-A-Wish® asked Ian what he wanted to do for his wish, he told them he wanted to go to his favorite vacation spot – Big Bear!
 
When Ian arrived he was so excited! There had been several snowstorms the week before so the slopes were covered in fresh powder. Ian’s Big Bear trip was full of fun including snow ball fights with his family, sledding, and even four days of private snowboarding lessons!
 
Ian and his family are grateful to all of the people that worked so diligently to make his wish come true.  This vacation to Big Bear was the chance for Ian to put all of his medical adversities behind him and have the kind of fun experiences and memories that a young boy should have with his family.
 
Merchant Services is pleased to support the wishes of children like Ian. With a corporate culture grounded in giving back to the community, Merchant Services stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving non-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.
 
About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.
 
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.
April 1, 2010 | Corona, CA
Merchant Services Helps Teen Fulfill Red Carpet Wish

Walking the red carpet at a high profile awards show is every aspiring young actor’s dream experience. In January Merchant Services supported the efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help one lucky teen enjoy a fun-filled day of star treatment.

Brittany has always been fascinated with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. When she was younger, she liked to dress up and pretend she was walking down the red carpet at an awards show. She would even practice her thank you speech as she accepted her award. It is no surprise that her dream is to become a famous actress. For Brittany, her most heartfelt wish was to attend the People’s Choice Awards so she could be a part of the excitement and know what her future walk down the carpet would be like.

On the day of her wish, Brittany was whisked away to a salon where she received the royal makeover treatment. Brittany then put on her red carpet dress and waited for the limousine to arrive to take her to the show in style. When she arrived, she felt like a superstar as she stepped out and walked down the red carpet to the show. Brittany was in awe as she saw her favorite celebrities enter the theater. They were even more glamorous in person!

Brittany’s wish experience has made her even more determined to become a famous actress in Hollywood. She has even started to add to the list of people she wants to thank when she makes her future acceptance speech.

Merchant Services Vice President Nathan Jurczyk commented on the company’s dedication to giving back to the community by partnering with organizations with support children and families in need, adding "Playing a part in making Brittany’s wish a reality strengthens our commitment to help incredible community organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation®."

Merchant Services’ corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of

The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit

www.wishocie.org.
February 1, 2010 | Ontario, CA
Merchant Services Helps Fulfill Young Man’s Wish to Visit Favorite Animation Studio

Nick enjoys watching Pixar movies because he likes the creative storytelling and cutting edge computer animation. While he was going through chemotherapy, he would watch their movies to lift his spirits. The stories had such an impact on him that he decided he wanted to visit the Pixar movie studios to see where the magic happens.

Merchant Services supported the efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help Nick achieve his dream to the day with some inspirational characters.

When Nick arrived at the studios, one of the first people he met was Andy, a Pixar animator. Nick beamed as Andy showed him the intricacies involved with crafting the characters and making them come to life. After the meeting, Nick went on a tour of the studios where he was fortunate enough to meet two of the producers from the

At the end of the tour, Nick received a poster of the movie

Nick’s wish day at Pixar Studios was truly unforgettable. When he was asked to describe his experience, he said, "The people at Pixar were so welcoming. It was great to see them in a place where they all showed so much enthusiasm and love for what they do! To have them let me be a part of that something, it meant so much to me!"

Merchant Services’ corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Toy Story 3 movie. Up signed by every animator and producer from the film. This unexpected gift left him speechless. Fortunately, he quickly recovered his voice because he was taken to a recording studio to record his very own-voice over track.

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of

The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit

www.wishocie.org.
November 1, 2009 | Fontana, CA
Merchant Services Helps Young Boy Meet His Wrestling Hero

Merchant Services teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make a boy’s wish of meeting his favorite wrestler a reality.

Esteban is a quiet and reserved young man until he watches his favorite wrestlers on television. He loves the energy of the wresters and the thrill of watching them fly through the air. Esteban is being treated for lymphoma so he is not able to wrestle with his friends, but he loves to play wrestling games on his computer where, as a virtual wrestler, he can be a part of the action. For his wish, Esteban wanted to share in the excitement of a match and go to a SmackDown event and meet his favorite wrestler - Rey Mysterio!

On his wish day, Esteban wore his favorite Rey Mysterio t-shirt and biggest smile to the arena. His wish began with a backstage tour and a meeting with Rey where the two talked about wrestling, Rey’s winning strategy, and his famous signature 619 move.

After the meet and greet, Esteban was given ringside seats where he couldn’t keep his eyes off of the action. On the ride home, the normally quiet Esteban couldn’t stop smiling and talking about his incredible wish experience and was in total disbelief that he had just met his wrestling idol!

Nathan Jurczyk, Merchant Services’ Vice President shared "Every wish is special because it is that child’s heartfelt dream. Our team is thrilled to partner with organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation® that provide hope, joy and inspiration to these young people and their families."

Merchant Services’ corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a

portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of

The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit

www.wishocie.org.
October 15, 2009 | Santa Ana, CA
Merchant Services Helps a Young Boy Discover the Adventure of Hawaii

Daniel is a young man who has a passion for the outdoors and water activities. When he was asked about his most heartfelt wish, he knew he wanted to go to Hawaii so he could spend time on the beautiful Hawaiian beaches. Merchant Services lent their support to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make Daniel’s wish a reality.

Daniel had very specific plans for his grand Hawaiian adventure. He wanted to see volcanoes, go fishing and hiking, and spend time at the beach. Upon arrival on the island, Daniel and his family were greeted at the airport with beautiful flower leis, welcoming them to the island. When Daniel went to his hotel room, he could not believe the spectacular ocean view from the balcony.

The next few days were spent exploring the island, shopping for souvenirs, and taking pictures. He was able to go on a helicopter ride and see all the beautiful and lush scenery of Hawaii. One of Daniel’s favorite activities was ocean fishing. He spent the day enjoying the calm waters and relaxing with his family.
Daniel had the time of his life in Hawaii. He loved hearing the sound of the ocean waves before he went to sleep and when he woke up in the morning. Daniel has many fond memories from his vacation that he will always cherish.

Merchant Services Vice President Nathan Jurczyk noted "We are proud to be able to support organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in giving these children and their families the opportunity to spend time together just having fun – away from all the doctor’s and treatments they often endure every day. We loved hearing about Daniel’s adventures and continue to stand strong in our commitment to giving back to our community. It’s an important part of who we are as a company."
Merchant Services’ corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire

October 1, 2009 | Moreno Valley, CA
Merchant Services Helps Family Enjoy Magical Getaway

What do you get when you add together a love for the Jonas Brothers, Disney, and the desire for a family vacation? An ultimate trip to Walt Disney World®! Merchant Services partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help a young girl’s wish come to life.

When Jasmine met with her wish granters, she was exuberant in her affection for Disney and expressed a strong desire to take a trip to the Magic Kingdom® in Orlando, Florida. Thus, on her very first trip out of California, Jasmine and her family found themselves right in the middle of Jasmine’s dream.

For five days she experienced everything the Walt Disney World® Resort had to offer. From thrilling rides and spectacular shows to wild animals and behind-the-scenes tours, they did it all. There was never a moment where a dream wasn’t coming true.

Jasmine brought back to California the love and joy she experienced at Walt Disney World to keep close by forever. With pictures and stories galore, Jasmine shared her wish with the rest of her family and friends. Jasmine continues to remember that trip as a true high point of her life thus far. She will be forever grateful to Make-A-Wish® for helping her dreams to become reality.

Senior Vice President for Merchant Services, Bob Parisi, stated "The Merchant Services family is steadfast in its commitment to giving back to the community. We were thrilled to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® to help make Jasmine’s wish a reality."

Merchant Services’ corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of

The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit

www.wishocie.org.
September 1, 2009 | Mira Loma, CA
Merchant Services Grants Young Lady’s Wish for a Grand Celebration

Crystal is vivacious young girl who was referred to Make-A-Wish® of Orange County/Inland Empire just before her fifteenth birthday. In Latin culture it is a tradition to celebrate a girl’s 15th birthday because this is the day she becomes a woman. When our wish granters met with Crystal, she knew exactly what to wish for; to have a traditional Quinceañera so she could celebrate her coming-of-age day surrounded by family and friends.

 

Merchant Services partnered with Make-A-Wish® to help make Crystal’s wish come true and beefore she knew it, it was time for the Quinceañera she had always wanted.  The festivities took place at the scenic Edward’s Mansion where Crystal arrived dressed in a beautiful gown.  She looked like a princess. 

 

Everyone was touched by the blessings that were given by the priest and after the ceremonial blessings, the traditional dances took place. Crystal looked radiant as she walked on the floor for her first dance. She beamed from ear to ear the entire evening. The DJ played all her favorite songs for her and her guests, and a photographer was there to capture all the fun. Crystal and her guests danced, ate, and celebrated into the night making it the enchanted evening she had always dreamed of. 

 

Crystal and her family are very grateful to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and Merchant Services for making her one special wish come true.  When she looks at her pictures she will always remember what a joyous occasion her Quinceañera was, and will look back with fond memories on the day she became a lady.

 

“Every child has a special dream and we are proud to work with organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation® to give back to our communities and help make those dreams come true,” shared Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk, adding “we stand firm in our commitment to continuing our support of organizations that make a difference in the lives of children and families.”

 

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

 

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org
August 1, 2009 | Hesperia, California
Merchant Services Helps Grant Teen's Wish to Attend Daytona Bike Week

The long hot days of summer help provide the perfect environment for some of the most exciting outdoor sporting events. Merchant Services supported the efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire to helps one young man's dream of attending one of those events, Daytona Bike Week, a reality this week.

Sean is an active teenager who enjoys the thrill of motocross and extreme bike riding. He rides his bike and practices often so he can one day be as good as his favorite motocross and extreme bike athletes. For Sean's wish, he knew he wanted to go to Daytona Bike Week to meet some of the best riders and to share in the excitement of the competition.

When Sean arrived in Daytona Beach and entered the Daytona International Speedway, he was amazed! He spent most of his first day touring the track and visiting different vendor booths. The next day he had the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Nicky Hayden the 2006 Moto GP World Champion. Sean was beaming with pride because he met one of his idols.

After spending a few days touring the track and watching the preliminary races, Sean was ready for the main event, the Daytona Supercross. Before the races began, Sean learned he was going to meet one of his favorite riders, James "Bubba" Stewart. When Bubba met Sean, he autographed memorabilia, posed for numerous photos and talked to Sean like they were good friends. His meeting with Bubba was one of the many highlights from his trip.

After battling a life-threatening illness, this trip was the chance for Sean to put all of his past medical adversities behind him and have the kind of fun experiences and memories that a teenager should have.

Merchant Services Vice President of Operations Nathan Jurczyk echoed the company's dedication to giving back to the community "We are proud to partner with organizations that support children and families because we believe that investing in our youth today will make all the difference for the future. Having a hand in making Sean's wish a reality only strengthens our commitment to help incredible community organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation®."

Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

July 1, 2009 | Menifee, California
Merchant Services Helps Make Little Boy's Dream Sail into Reality

Fun, Frolic, Laughter and plenty of time with some famous mice were served up with the help of Merchant Services and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® who teamed up to make a special little boy's wish of going on a Disney Cruise a reality!

Eric is a 6-year-old little boy whose favorite things are boats, the ocean, and all the Disney Characters. For Eric, he knew without a doubt that he wanted to combine all his favorite things and go on a Disney Cruise with his family.

Eric's wish party was at Chuck E. Cheese, “where a kid can be a kid.” It was a wonderful party filled with pizza, and lots of dessert. The party was attended by Eric and his family, not to mention a certain mouse...Yes! Chuck E. Cheese came out to celebrate and to take photos with Eric! After he played every game in the restaurant, he was presented with his Wish Cruise Itinerary and a backpack full of goodies that he would need for his grand adventure.

The cruise took the family to the Bahamas, where they stopped off at Nassau and Disney's Castaway Cay. They enjoyed the beautiful white sand and clear ocean water. In the evening, Eric spent time exploring the ship and planning his adventures for the next day.

Looking back on his trip Eric says his favorite parts were the musical shows because he could watch and meet all the Disney Characters at one time. After meeting all the Disney stars, Eric decided that Mickey Mouse is his favorite character. His mom says that since they have returned home all he talks about is how much fun he had and how he misses his friend Mickey Mouse. Eric and his family are so grateful for this wonderful experience; they will never forget how Eric's wish came true.

The Merchant Services family is proud and honored to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in making Eric's wish come true. Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services (Universal Card, Inc.) is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

May 15, 2009 | Hesperia, California
Merchant Services Grants Girl's Wish to Visit Her Best Friend

Merchant Services understands that time with a great friend can be just what the doctor ordered. This was the case with the most recent wish Merchant Services was able to grant for a girl who dreamed of going to Colorado to visit her longtime best friend. Tabitha is an enthusiastic girl who, like her favorite Disney character, Tinker Bell, believes in the magic of a true wish. Being the social butterfly that she is, when it came time for Tabitha to tell he wish granters what she wished for she didn't hesitate – she knew she wanted to take a trip to Colorado to visit her long time best friend, Catalina, whom she hadn't seen in years.

Accompanied by her family, Tabitha flew to Colorado. She was ecstatic to see Catalina waiting for her at the airport and they could not wait to get back to the house and catch up. Tabitha and her friend spent the next few days enjoying each other's company and going on many adventures together including visiting a local spa where they got matching manicures and pedicures and visiting Build-A-Bear where the girls picked matching accessories and wardrobes for their special bear friends. Before her exciting visit was over, Tabitha and Catalina carefully chose fabric to make their own special best friend dresses. Tabitha's visit ended with a celebration at her favorite restaurant in Colorado with her best friend sitting by her side smiling and giggling about all the wonderful memories they had made.

On Tabitha's flight back home, she expressed that now more than ever, she believes in the power of a true wish. Like Tinker Bell always says, “Dream big, and fly high!” Every day since her miraculous trip, Tabitha knows to dream big. Even though she knows she cannot fly, Tabitha knows that dreams can take flight. Thanks to the generous support of Merchant Services, Tabitha knows that anything is possible and her dreams can come true.

Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

May 1, 2009 | Dallas, Texas
Merchant Services Helps Grant Childs Wish of Meeting the Dallas Cowboys

They say everything is bigger in Texas but Andrew's, wish to meet the Dallas Cowboys was not too big for the Make-a-Wish Foundation®. Merchant Services partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire to turn Andrew's dream into a reality.

Andrew is an athletic young man with a passion for sports. He eats, breathes, and sleeps football. Before Andrew was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, he loved to play football with his friends. His mom said, “Andrew has been a Dallas Cowboys fan since he was in the womb.” When our wish granters met with Andrew, he instantly declared his desire to meet the Dallas Cowboys at one of their games in Texas. He asked if he could get a video of his meeting with the team and also requested that the cheerleaders be included.

When Andrew arrived in Texas he was taken to meet all of the Dallas Cowboys, including his favorite player - DeMarcus Ware. DeMarcus is one of the most dominating defensive players in the league! The Cowboys signed footballs and shirts for Andrew, took pictures and discussed game plans. When it was finally game time, Andrew and his family watched the game from the sidelines. The cheerleaders managed to snag Andrew's attention a few times as well!

Andrew had the time of his life fulfilling his dream. He is extremely grateful for the experience and memories he'll never forget!

Merchant Services Operations Manager James Minor noted “The Merchant Services Leadership Team firmly believes in the importance of giving back to the community and I am proud to work for company founded on these philanthropic principles. Our employees love knowing they helped an inspiring young man like Andrew see his dream become a reality.”

Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

March 15, 2009 | Santa Ana, California
Merchant Services Sponsors Wish to Meet the Cheetah Girls

Merchant Services is now in the second year of sponsoring wishes through the Make-a-Wish Foundation®. In the most recent wish both organizations teamed up to help a young girl meet her idols - the Cheetah Girls.

Natalia is an adorable 5 year-old who is as cute as a button! Having the spunky personality that she does, it's not a surprise that she loves spending her time singing and dancing along to the Cheetah Girls. Although she has a congenital heart defect, Natalia doesn't let that affect her happy spirit. When it came time for our wish granters to interview her, she had already decided that her wish would be to meet the Cheetah Girls! Natalia was especially looking forward to meeting Adrianne Bail, her favorite star in the famous foursome.

Natalia was picked up in a limousine and taken to the Honda Center where the Cheetah Girls were performing their One World Tour. Natalia couldn't believe the view from her amazing seats. She had a blast singing and dancing the night away. After the show, she was escorted backstage where she finally got to meet the Cheetah Girls, including Adrianne. Natalia was ecstatic! She couldn't believe she was actually in the same room with them chatting away, getting their autographs, and snapping pictures.

Natalia said she will always remember the day her one special wish came true. Merchant Services Vice President of Operations Nathan Jurczyk shared “We are thrilled to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® to help make wishes like Natalia's a reality. These children are faced with difficult challenges and it's wonderful to know that we are helping to provide them with an experience they will never forget.”

The Merchant Services family is proud and honored to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in making Natalia's wish of meeting the Cheetah Girls come true. Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

March 1, 2009 | Fountain Valley, California
Merchant Services Sponsors Child's Wish to Meet Kobe Bryant

Merchant Services, an industry leading provider of electronic payment solutions for businesses throughout the United States, partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire to sponsor the wish of Kevin, whose wish was to meet his favorite basketball player – Kobe Bryant.

Fourteen year-old Kevin is a bright young man living with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Growing up he has always loved to watch and play basketball with his dad. Right up until his treatment, Kevin was very involved in playing basketball for the Boys and Girls Club. As his interest grew he never missed watching a Lakers game on television. So when it came time to meet with our wish granters he knew exactly what to wish for; to go to a Lakers game and meet his favorite player Kobe Bryant!

On the night of his wish, Kevin and his family were revved up and ready to go with their Lakers jerseys and foam fingers to cheer on their team. Kevin's wish began when he was picked up in a sleek limousine and dropped off at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Next, they picked up their Lakers verses Kings tickets and proceeded to their amazing seats. As the stadium filled, so did their excitement.

Before he knew it, the game began. They cheered, laughed, ate junk food, and danced in their seats at half time. At the end of the game he was escorted to a special room where he waited to meet Kobe Bryant. He beamed with excitement and admiration at the sight of his sports idol. They enjoyed getting to know each other, talking about game strategy, and taking pictures. Kevin left the stadium with his autographed memorabilia and a huge grin.

Kevin is grateful to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® for giving him an amazing experience he will remember forever. Vice President of Merchant Services, Bob Parisi shared “We are thrilled to provide these inspiring young people with the opportunity to experience a day of fun and laughter – something incredible to take them outside of the challenges they sometimes face.”

The Merchant Services family is proud and honored to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in making Kevin's wish of meeting Kobe Bryant a reality. Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

February 15, 2009 | Anaheim, California
Merchant Services Helps Grant a Young Girl's Wish to Go to Disney World®

Merchant Services, a leading provider of e-commerce solutions for businesses throughout the United States, partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire to sponsor the wish of Angela R. of Anaheim CA, whose wish was to visit her favorite Disney friends in Orlando, Florida.

Angela is an adventurous thirteen year-old living with lupus. She loves spending time with her family and watching Disney shows like Hannah Montana.

When the time came to meet with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® wish granters, Angela knew exactly what her wish would be; to go to Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida, to experience the thrill of the rides and to meet her favorite Disney characters!

In preparation for the trip, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® team hosted a kick off” wish party” at Angela's home with her closest friends and family. Friends and family ate themselves silly with pizza, cake and homemade tamales made especially for Angela's by her mom.

As soon as they landed in Florida, Angela and her family checked into their hotel at Give Kids the World, a special resort created exclusively for children visiting Orlando on customized wish trips. Angela and her family visited each of the Resort's theme parks, met with countless Disney characters, and purchased more Disney memorabilia than they could possibly hope to bring home.

Angela and her family joked that the wish granting team and members of the Disney family made them feel so at home that they were considering moving in permanently!

Looking back on this trip, Angela shared that the experience lifted her spirits and brought her all the hope, strength, and joy she needed.

The Merchant Services family is proud and honored to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in making Angela's wish of visiting the Walt Disney World Resort come true. Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

February 1, 2009 | Cocoa Beach, Florida
Merchant Services Sponsors Wish Recipient's Dream to Experience Space Shuttle Night Launch.

Merchant Services partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire to grant a wish that is out of this world. Jarrett, of Newport Beach, California, had always wanted to witness the night launch of a space shuttle. Seventeen-year-old Jarrett is a bright young man living with medulloblastoma.

Growing up he was always interested in science, especially astronomy. As a child he and his dad used to fly Estes Rockets together. Jarrett's favorite part was hitting the “blast off button” and yelling, “Blast off!” So by the time Jarrett met with his wish granters, he already knew what his one and only wish would be; to see the night launch of a space shuttle in Florida at the Kennedy Space Center!

Jarrett's wish began when he and his family arrived in Florida and Jarrett had the opportunity to have lunch with a real astronaut! Before he knew it, it was the night of the launch at the Kennedy Space Center. They gathered together under a beautiful moonlit sky when all of a sudden, a brighter than normal light flew up into the sky. It wasn't until 10 seconds later that they heard a loud boom. It was louder than anything they had ever heard before. They stared in awe of what they had just witnessed.

Jarrett had a unique and inspiring time on his trip. He remarked that it was a “cool, rare experience.” Jarrett felt a deep appreciation for all of the work that went into his amazing wish.

The Merchant Services family was proud to be a part of helping to make Jarrett's dream of experiencing the night launch of a space shuttle a reality. Merchant Services Vice President of Operations, Nathan Jurczyk shared that “Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.”

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

January 1, 2009 | Colton, California
Merchant Services Grants Girl's Wish to Go to Hawaii

Merchant Services, an industry leader in electronic payment solutions, in partnership with the Make-a-Wish Foundation®, continues to work at granting the wishes of deserving children. They have kicked off the New Year by granting their first wish in 2009, helping a young girl and her family take a dream vacation to Hawaii.

Tiah is an adorable girl that loves the outdoors and being adventurous. Although she is living with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, she still has ambitions of traveling. So when her wish granters asked her about her most heartfelt wish, Tiah didn't hesitate to reply, “I wish to go to Hawaii!”.

Once they arrived in the island paradise, Tiah and her family were greeted with orchid leis to welcome them to the island. From the moment she stepped off the plane, Tiah knew that she was in for the vacation of a lifetime.

After a day of rest, Tiah's magical vacation began. The first thing they did was explore Honolulu's shops, beautiful beaches, and restaurants. Tiah had a wonderful time soaking up the sun, snapping pictures, and admiring the beautiful sunsets in the evenings.

Over the next few days Tiah got to go jet skiing, parasailing, and even went to a Hawaiian luau; complete with Hawaiian cuisine, hula and fire knife dancers. It was the perfect ending to a truly memorable vacation that will always bring a smile to Tiah's face thanks to the generosity of Merchant Services.

Vice President of Operations, Nathan Jurczyk noted “We believe that companies should act in a socially responsible manner. To us that means supporting organizations that make a difference in the lives of the people in our community – particularly children and families. We are proud to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® and help make the wishes of children like Tiah come true.”

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

December 1, 2008 | Riverside, California
Merchant Services Grants Boy's Wish to Visit Walt Disney World®

Merchant Services partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® to help make a little boy's dream of visiting Walt Disney World come true!

Dominic is an adorable kid that loves listening to Radio Disney, playing video games, and watching Hannah Montana. From his sweet personality you would never guess that he is living with aplastic anemia. When Dominic met with his wish granters, he already had his wish in mind. He wanted to go to Disney World to meet his favorite Disney characters.

On the day of his wish party, he and his family celebrated the granting of his wish at Chuck E. Cheese. Dominic ate delicious pizza and made endless trips to the salad bar. When dinner was finished, his wish granters presented him with a backpack to take on his trip. The backpack had all the travel essentials: coloring books, crayons, sun block, a photo album, and an autograph album for all the Disney characters to sign.

Once at the Resort, they visited the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and MGM Studios. He especially loved the Animal Kingdom park where he learned about prehistoric times and dinosaurs. Dominic took lots of photos with his most loved characters like Chip and Dale, Donald Duck and even Mickey Mouse. He was ecstatic! He couldn't wait to share his photos, and show off his autograph album to his friends back home.

Dominic will always remember what an amazing time he and his family had together at Disney World®. His wish experience provided magical moments that he will always remember.

The Merchant Services family is proud and honored to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in making Dominic's wish of visiting Walt Disney World® come true. Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

November 15, 2008 | Rialto, California
Merchant Services Helps Grant Girl's Wish to Meet Tim McGraw

November is time of the year to reflect, give thanks, and help others. In the spirit of the season, Merchant Services has teamed up with the Make-a-Wish Foundation® to help grant a young girl's wish to meet her favorite singer, Tim McGraw.

“Beautiful baby from the outside in. Chase your dreams but always know the road that'll lead you home again. Go on, take on this whole world. But to me you know you'll always be, my little girl.” This song, “My Little Girl”, by Tim McGraw is a song that 7 year-old Victoria fell in love with during her treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. “Victoria is a daddy's girl herself, so the lyrics of this song took on a special meaning for her and her dad. “Her dad is her everything”, her mother Patricia explains. For her wish, Victoria wanted to meet her favorite singer, Tim McGraw, because his music touched and supported her through her treatment.

When Victoria landed in Florida, she was decked out in her nicest cowgirl hat and boots. The family was escorted to a pre-party show and while in the elevator, they were surprised to meet and talk to Tim McGraw's mother. When Tim finally arrived, the family was in tears because Victoria looked so happy. Tim met the entire family, talked to Victoria, signed some memorabilia, and took a lot of pictures with her. Before leaving to prepare for his concert, Tim gave Victoria a big hug. While the family was waiting for the concert to begin, Victoria said, “I can't believe I didn't faint!” Words spoken by a faithful fan, an endearing little girl, and a special child whose wish came true.

Victoria will always remember what an amazing time she had meeting Tim McGraw and hearing him sing “My Little Girl” at his concert.

Merchant Services Vice President Bob Parisi shared “I couldn't be more proud of our company and the work we do within the community. Helping kids like Victoria experience their heartfelt wish not only makes us feel good but, more importantly, we know it is making a difference in the lives of these inspirational children and their families.”

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

October 1, 2008 | Los Angeles, California
Merchant Services Helps "Transform" a Child's Wish into Reality

Merchant Services has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire to grant the wish of a young child. A huge fan of the first Transformer movie, Kevin wished to visit the set of the upcoming Transformer sequel. Eight year-old Kevin is a Transformers fanatic! The first time he saw the movie he was instantly hooked. He even has dreams of one day fighting evil like his Transformer heroes. So by the time Kevin met with his wish granters, he already knew what his one and only wish would be; to go to the set of the upcoming Transformers film.

When the time came for Kevin's wish to be fulfilled, he and his family rode in a sleek limousine to Los Angeles for three fun-filled days seeing the sights and visiting the set of Transformers. After arriving at their hotel, Kevin and his family explored the sunny beaches of Venice and Santa Monica before retiring early to rest up for the next day's activities.

That night Kevin could hardly sleep because he was so excited to be visiting the set of what he was sure would be his new favorite movie. The next morning a limousine picked him up bright and early to whisk him away to Universal Studios for a firsthand glimpse of the making of the new film. He spent the entire day meeting the producers, costume designers, and prop masters, all of whom shared tidbits about the movie's production.

As the trip came to a close, Kevin felt a deep appreciation for all of the work that goes into creating movies such as Transformers. His wish experience exceeded all of his expectations and Kevin began counting down the days until he could see the movie on the big screen!

The Merchant Services family was proud to be a part of helping to make Kevin's wish become a reality. Vice President of Operations Nathan Jurczyk shared “Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.”

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

September 15, 2008 | Santa Ana, California
Merchant Services Helps Young Fan Meet the Jonas Brothers

As the end of summer nears Merchant Services; in partnership wish the Make-a-Wish Foundation® helped to make one little girls days a little brighter. The ninth wish that Merchant Services has sponsored this year helped one girl meet her favorite band, the Jonas Brothers.

Melody is a fun-loving 11-year-old who absolutely adores the Jonas Brothers. Although she is living with a kidney tumor, she has dreams of one day becoming a world-famous rock star just like her musical idols. She even sings along to their music with her best friend every time they get together. When the time came to meet with her wish granters, Melody knew exactly what her wish would be; to meet her idols, the Jonas Brothers!

After several weeks of planning, Melody, her parents, and her best friend flew to Texas to meet the Jonas Brothers at one of their tour stops. Melody was thrilled and listened to every Jonas Brothers song that she could during her flight. After arriving in Dallas, Melody checked in to her hotel and prepared for her big day meeting the platinum-selling boy band.

The next day, Melody hopped into a limo and make her way to the concert. After receiving backstage passes, Melody watched the entire concert from the side of the stage - enjoying every minute of it! When the concert came to a close, Melody was escorted backstage where her special meet and greet took place. Melody got to spend time with each of the band's members and as a memento she was presented with a drum cymbal autographed by all three Jonas Brothers!

Melody's meeting with the Jonas Brothers was truly a unique experience that she will always remember. With inspiration from meeting her idols, Melody is ready to become the world's next great rock star!

The Merchant Services family is proud and honored to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in making Melody's wish of meeting the Jonas Brothers come true. “It is truly an honor for us to be able to help make the wishes of these inspirational young people a reality. It makes us proud to work for a company with such strong corporate values.” noted Nathan Jurczyk, Merchant Services Vice President of Operations.

Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving nonprofit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

August 1, 2008 | Lubbock, Texas
Merchant Services Helps to Make Child's "Storm Chaser" Dream a Reality

Merchant Services joined with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire for a unique and exciting opportunity to turn the wish of Christian B., a 9-year old from Stanton, CA, into a reality. Christian's wish – to join in a daring race across Texas to track down an amazing feat of nature – the tornado.

Christian, an inspiring 9 year-old from Stanton, California, was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma in the second grade. Around that time, Christian saw the movie Twister for the first time. From that point forward, Christian was fascinated with tornadoes. Christian and his dad even conducted their own tornado experiments at home.

When Christian met with the wish granters from the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, they quickly landed on what he'd most like to do - to be a storm chaser and see a tornado! Christian, his parents, and his younger brother were flown to Lubbock, Texas for Christian's wish. They headed to KAMC news station to join Ron Roberts, the top meteorologist in the region. From there, Christian and his father began their 13-hour adventure with Al Hardin, who has 20 years of storm chasing experience.

Over the next few days, Christian met with several meteorologists who taught him about weather balloons and tracking storms. He then went to the Texas Tech University Wind Science and Engineering Center where he was shown a tornado simulator. Christian nearly reached celebrity status in Texas after appearing on a local newscast to talk about his storm chasing experience. While he did not see a tornado, he did have the opportunity to see the forming of a funnel cloud in the sky, which he described as “very exciting.”

Christian's wish experience was greater than he could have ever imagined and he still talks about it whenever he can. He is thrilled that he had the opportunity to fulfill his dream of becoming a storm chaser!

The Merchant Services family was proud to be a part of helping to make Christian's dream of becoming a storm chaser a reality. Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

July 15, 2008 | Orange County, California
Merchant Services Sponsors Wish Recipient's Dream to Bring a Lil' Law and Order to Town

Inspired by the wish of a young man to serve his community, Merchant Services partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire in support of Dylan, who wished to join the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Dylan, a bright nine year old who loves to read and color in his downtime, is living with leukemia. Dylan dreams of one day safeguarding his community by entering into a career in law enforcement.

When Dylan had the opportunity to meet with the wish granting team from the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, he knew exactly what his wish would be - to be a sheriff for a day!

With the help of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Dylan's dream quickly became a reality! On the day of his wish, Dylan was presented with a custom-made Sheriff's uniform complete with an embroidered badge making him an honorary member of the Orange County Sheriff's Department's Harbor Patrol Division. Dylan was thrilled and couldn't wait to join the team and begin his patrolling duties.

Upon arrival at the Sheriff's office, Dylan was greeted by the entire staff, and after a quick tour of the facility, Dylan was sworn in as an honorary member of the Harbor Patrol. His first order of business was to cruise around with his partner and help issue citations to jaywalkers, then lift fingerprints as part of an “official” investigation. Next, after a quick lunch and a tour of the county jail, Dylan was treated to an experience of a lifetime; riding along in an official Orange County Sheriff's Department helicopter!

Dylan's day as an honorary member of the Sheriff's Department greatly exceeded his wildest expectations. Dylan and his family are very grateful for this once in a lifetime experience that allowed Dylan to realize his dream and create memories that will last forever!

The Merchant Services family was proud to be a part of helping to make Dylan's dream of becoming a Deputy Sheriff a reality. Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

June 1, 2008 | Irvine, CA
Merchant Services Helps a Special Young Lady Make a Splash

Francis is a loving 14 year-old girl living with physical and mental disabilities who absolutely loves her regular swim therapy sessions.  Francis is in a wheelchair and unable to swim on her own so Merchant Services partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire to provide Francis with a swimming pool and lift system in her own backyard!

 

Spending time listening to country music and relaxing with her dog Sammy are two of Francis’ favorite things to do but nothing compares to the sheer joy that overcomes her when she enters the water for her swim lessons.  While swimming Francis gets to enjoy the freedom, movement and relaxation of the water. It lifts her spirits in a very special way. So when it came time to decide on a wish for Francis, an above ground pool with lift system was just the ticket.

 

On the day of her wish, a special wish party was thrown with all of Francis’ family, and even her teacher, on hand.  Everyone was delighted when the pool was revealed, especially Francis who has since enjoyed endless hours swimming with her family.

 

“Each and every wish is an opportunity to provide joy to these children and their families,” noted Vice President of Merchant Services Nathan Jurczyk. “We are incredibly proud to be able to give back to the community and help children like Francis.”

 

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

 

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

May 15, 2008 | Orange County, California
Merchant Services Supports Project 999 Ride in Memory of Fallen Officers

Merchant Services, a leading provider of electronic payment solutions for businesses throughout the United States, announced their support of Project 999, a foundation whose mission is to assist the families of Orange County Peace Officers injured or killed in the line of duty.

The Project 999 Ride is a 630 mile bike ride from the California Peace Officers' Memorial in Sacramento to the Orange County Peace Officers' Memorial in Santa Ana, California, to raise money for families of Orange County Police Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The participants, all of whom are local law enforcement officers, ride for 5 days down the California Coastline where the ride concludes with a candlelight vigil honoring the fallen officers and their families.

Project 999 funds cover expenses such as funeral expenses in cases of death, medical expenses, or retrofitting homes for wheelchair accessibility for injured officers. For more information on the Project 999 Ride visit www.project999ride.org.

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

May 1, 2008 | Santa Ana, California
Merchant Services Sponsors Fourth Wish in Three Months - A Child's Wish to Meet George Lopez

Merchant Services continues to give back to the community by sponsoring a fourth wish in only three months. Merchant Services, an industry leader in the electronic payment solutions industry has teamed up with the Make-a-Wish Foundation® to grant a young man's wish to meet George Lopez.

Although he is living with leukemia, Sixteen year-old Isaiah loves spending time watching baseball and professional wrestling with his family and watching shows that feature his favorite comedian, George Lopez. When the time came to meet with his wish granters, Isaiah knew exactly what his wish would be; to meet his comedy idol!

On the day of his wish, Isaiah was in for an experience that he would never forget. Nearly twenty of his family members gathered at Isaiah's house for a backyard barbeque in celebration of his special day. Isaiah greeted all of his guests with a huge smile as he waited for the arrival of his favorite comedian. Isaiah had even worked on a few jokes that he was eager to share with the popular actor and comedian.

Isaiah's face lit up with excitement as George walked through the front door and greeted Isaiah with a handshake and a warm smile. The two chatted like they were lifelong friends, and, after enjoying the barbeque, George even did an impromptu stand-up routine in the family's garage!

Isaiah's meeting with George Lopez was greater than he could have ever imagined and has provided memories that will last a lifetime. Isaiah and his family are very grateful to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® for granting his wish and making his one special dream a reality!

Merchant Services Sales & Support Operations Manager Michael Kimball noted “Our employees are always eager to learn about the next wish they were able to grant because they know they are working for a company that gives back to their community. It makes us all proud to know that we are making a difference in the lives of these children and their families.”

The Merchant Services family is proud and honored to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in making Isaiah's wish of meeting George Lopez come true. Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

May 1, 2008 | Hesperia, California
Merchant Services Helps Grant Child's Bedroom Make-Over Wish

Merchant Services and the Make-a-Wish Foundation® have teamed up to grant a wish that hits close to home. 5-year old leukemia patient Michelle wished to receive a themed bedroom make-over.

Michelle is a shy five year-old who loves to read and color in her downtime. Although she is living with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, she has dreams of one day traveling the world like her favorite cartoon character, Dora the Explorer. When the time came to meet with her wish granters, an excited Michelle knew exactly what her wish would be; to have a Dora the Explorer room makeover!

On the day of her wish, Michelle spent the day watching cartoons as her wish granters decorated her room with tons of goodies. As the bedroom makeover came nearer to completion, several of Michelle's closest friends and family members gathered at her house to celebrate her special day. Everyone enjoyed pizza, drinks, and chocolate cake as the finishing touches were being put on Michelle's room.

When the time came to reveal her newly decorated room, Michelle was slowly led down the hallway where she was in for the surprise of a lifetime. As she entered, Michelle didn't know where to look first! She was amazed at how her room had been completely transformed and with inspiration from her new room, Michelle is ready to explore the world just like her hero Dora!

The Merchant Services family is proud and honored to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® in making Michelle's wish of having a Dora the Explorer bedroom make-over come true. Vice President Bob Parisi noted “Merchant Services was founded on the principles of giving back to the community. We believe companies should act in a socially responsible manner and we are thrilled to have helped make Michelle's dream a reality.”

Merchant Services' stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

April 1, 2008 | Anaheim, CA
Merchant Services Helps Bring Young Girl’s Princess Fantasy to Life

Merchant Services partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire to grant the wish of fun-loving four year-old Alexa who is living with a brain tumor.

 

Because of her many treatments and therapies, Alexa spends quite a bit of time in her room resting and recovering and when she was asked what her wish would be this little princess didn’t hesitate – a room makeover!

 

Alexa had a wish party a few days before the big unveiling and she and her family were whisked away to enjoy dinner, games and fun in celebration of her wish.  Alexa had never been in a limousine before and for this special ride she dressed in her favorite Snow White costume to make the evening extra special.

 

On the day of the unveiling of her newly decorated room, Alexa lead the way down the hall.  She was brimming with excitement to see her new room and as soon as she entered, her face lit up with joy!  She jumped right up onto her new pink bed and snuggled up with her fluffy pink pillows, vast array of pink stuffed animals, and cozy pink princess bedding.  She surveyed the rest of her room taking in the pink princess lamp, dresser, princess castle paintings and more!  She was on could nine and felt like true royalty.

 

Alexa’s family shared that her room makeover was more magical than she could have ever imagined and something that she will always remember. Nathan Jurzcyk, Vice President of Merchant Services said “We are thrilled to be able to partner with organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation® to provide opportunities for children like Alexa to realize their greatest wish.”

 

About Merchant Services

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States.  Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

 

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

April 1, 2008 | Wildomar, CA
Merchant Services Helps Young Man Enjoy Time in the Big Apple

Merchant Services partnered with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Orange County/Inland Empire to make the wish of Daniel, a fun-loving 16 year-old, come true.
When the time came to meet with the wish granters, an excited Daniel knew exactly what his wish would be; to have a New York City shopping spree!

Daniel loves building things and spending time with friends in his downtime. Although he is living with hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of cancer, Daniel has dreams of one day playing for his favorite football team, the San Diego Chargers. Daniel has always dreamed of going to New York City and he couldn’t wait for the big trip to arrive!

With all of the arrangement made, Daniel and his family were whisked away to New York City for the trip of a lifetime. They were given the rock star treatment while traveling in style throughout Manhattan and shopping for everything Daniel could have ever dreamed of. He selected stylish new school clothes, several pairs of shoes, tons of video games, and even chose gifts for his siblings and parents.

Next, Daniel visited the Statue of Liberty where he and his family were given a special tour. From there they saw other sites of the big city. Throughout their visit they snapped tons of photos so they could share them with friends and family back home.

Daniel’s New York shopping spree was greater than he could have ever imagined and has provided precious memories to him and his family. “Every moment of hope, joy or happiness that these kids get to enjoy with their families is something so special and we are blessed by the opportunity that we have to help make these wishes a reality,” noted Nathan Jurczyk, Vice President of Merchant Services. “It really goes back to our core values as a company and the importance of giving back to our communities.”

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation®
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 174,000 children around the world. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of OrangeCounty and the Inland Empire please visit www.wishocie.org.

 

March 1, 2008 | Seattle, Washington
Merchant Services Sponsors Its First Wish - A Child's Quest to Meet Bill Gates

Recognizing the insatiable dream of a young 11-year old to make it big in the world of business, and interested in furthering the goals of a worthy not-for-profit organization, Merchant Services launched its first wish sponsorship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County/Inland Empire, helping to make Gabriel's dream of meeting technology magnate Bill Gates a reality.

Gabriel is a bright, spontaneous 11 year-old who loves playing Monopoly in his spare time. Although he is living with hemophilia, a severe blood disorder, Gabriel has dreams of one day becoming successful in business, just like when he plays Monopoly with his siblings. When the time came to meet with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® wish granters, he knew exactly what his wish would be; to meet Bill Gates!

Gabriel and his family were whisked away to Seattle where Gabriel would get the chance to meet his idol. On the day of his wish, Gabriel and his parents visited the nearby Microsoft headquarters for a special behind the scenes tour. Then, after an hour-long tour of the campus, Gabriel was led into a room where Bill Gates was waiting to meet him. Gabriel had been looking forward to this event for quite some time and had even prepared a list of questions to ask. Gabriel wore a smile from ear to ear as he and Bill Gates talked about technology, their families, and what it is like running a successful company.

After an exciting day of touring the Microsoft campus and meeting his idol, Gabriel joined his family for a relaxing dinner at one of Seattle's most prominent landmarks, the Space Needle. Gabriel couldn't wait to share his experience with the rest of his family and excitedly recounted the entire event, taking care not to leave out a single detail.

Meeting Bill Gates exceeded Gabriel's expectations and the experience will continue to bring him endless joy and happiness. Gabriel and his family are very grateful to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® for granting Gabriel's wish and making his one special dream a reality!

The Merchant Services family was proud to launch its partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Orange County and the Inland Empire through the sponsorship of Gabriel's dream to meet Bill Gates. Merchant Services' corporate culture is grounded in a firm commitment of giving back to the community, and the company stands firm in its commitment to donate a portion of its proceeds to deserving not-for-profit organizations, including its proud support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.
 

About Merchant Services
Founded in 1995, Merchant Services (Universal Card, Inc.) is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

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