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Fuddruckers to give away food as fundraiser for CARE House

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Ted Sullivan
November 8, 2010
— If it's free, they will come.

Fuddruckers and Faith Community Church will partner to give away an original burger, fries and drink to all customers Tuesday, Nov. 16, to raise money for the YWCA CARE House.


Customers will be asked to donate money to the CARE House instead of paying for their meals. Donations aren't required.


"I would suggest that anybody who is interested in supporting the CARE House stop eating on Sunday and get ready for Tuesday," said MaryAnn Burkheimer, CARE House program director. "It's really going to be big."


The Rev. Jeff Williams said Faith Community would provide volunteers to work at Fuddruckers that day. He said the church wanted to help CARE House, which provides services and support for children who are victims of abuse.


"We just know that CARE House has struggled with their funding. They received a lot of their income from the GM plant," Williams said. "We believe in what they're doing. As a church, we're called to lift up the weak and the vulnerable."


Burkheimer said donations would help provide children with follow-up care such as support groups after they're referred to CARE House. She said she has spread the word among law enforcement, court officials and others who work with abused children to eat at Fuddruckers for the event.


Rock County residents who go to Fuddruckers that day also can get a card for 20 percent off future meals. From those, 5 percent of the purchase will go to CARE House.


"CARE House does a great job," Williams said. "They provide a safe place for children to tell their story, and that's really what they need."


Burkheimer thanked Faith Community and Fuddruckers.


"We've been very fortunate to collaborate with them," she said.



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