10th Annual Good Friday Fundraiser for the 100 Club.
On Friday, April 14, 2017, APD Executive Staff and officers worked behind the counters and drive thru at McDonald’s on W. MLK during the 10th Annual Good Friday Fundraiser. During the event, local owners of the McDonald’s of Central Texas partnered with the 100 Club of Central Texas and the Hill Country 100 Club to raise funds that help families of first responders that were killed or critically injured in the line of duty.
“Every year, I am honored to get behind the counter at McDonald’s and serve the community during the Good Friday Fundraiser,” said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. “With this being the 10th Annual event, I think it really is a true testament to how first responders, families and the community come together to show support for such a great cause.”
The fundraiser, held annually on Good Friday, involves all restaurants in the Greater Austin area. The restaurants donated a percentage of sales generated from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to the 100 Clubs.
Greater Austin first responders were at area McDonald’s locations during the fundraising hours to thank customers for showing their support for the cause. They also competed via social media for a chance to win an iPad Mini from the 100 Club. One firefighter, one paramedic, and one police officer will win an iPad Mini by posting the most photos with customers in McDonald’s restaurants during the Good Friday event and using #FriesWithFirstResponders.
“The local owners of the Austin area McDonald’s are honored to partner with the 100 Club of Central Texas and the families they support,” said Dan Kinney, local McDonald’s Owner and Co-Op President. “These first responders protect our communities, our families, and this is our opportunity to help support theirs.”
The 100 Club relies on fundraisers with local businesses in order to provide support for the families of fallen and critically injured first responders. Etta Moore, Executive Director of The 100 Club of Central Texas, said, “Events like McDonald’s Good Friday offer the community an easy way to donate and give back to those who put their lives on the line for our safety.” Ray Shappa, a former Smithville officer who was critically injured and permanently disabled in the line of duty stated that “The 100 Club provides help when you need it. They keep you connected and help families pick up the pieces. The generosity of their educational scholarship is helping me through the journey of being able to providing for my family again.”
First responders from throughout Central Texas will serve at McDonald’s across the area.
The funds raised from this event are used to provide financial and emotional support to families of first responders who are killed or injured in the line of duty. This is the tenth consecutive year the CTOAC has participated in the Good Friday 100 Club Fundraiser. In 2016, local McDonald’s restaurants raised $14,000 for The 100 Club of Central Texas.
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