Fuddruckers raises cash for ECHO
Customers received a free meal, and those able to give left a donation, restaurant owner Kevin Brown said.
The meal consisted of a one-third-pound burger, fries and a drink. Fuddruckers accepted cash and unwrapped toys for the ECHO toy drive.
All donations and tips were donated to ECHO.
A total of 1,280 people were fed, according to a news release. Each family received a VIP card, which gives a 20 percent discount on any meal for a year, and 5 percent of VIP purchases will be donated to ECHO throughout the year, Brown said.
Brown said the event fed families who normally would not be able to afford to eat at Fuddruckers.
"People felt comfortable coming to have their free meal and knowing that no one is judged here," he said in the news release.
Fuddruckers also advertised to local businesses and asked for monetary donations to help ECHO with its threatened housing fund.
For every $100 a business donated, Fuddruckers provided 10 free-meal cards and a VIP card. That raised an additional $1,200, Brown said.
This was Fuddruckers' second fundraiser this fall. A November event raised money for the YWCA CARE House.
ECHO stands for Everyone Cooperating to Help Others. It is a nonprofit charity sponsored by numerous Rock County church and faith communities, receiving support from area businesses, individuals, school and community groups, foundations and social service agencies.
Fuddruckers continues to help by giving 10 free-meal cards, good for a one-third-pound hamburger, fries and a drink, for every $100 dollars donated to ECHO.
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