McHappy Day in Airdrie raises $29,107 for children's charities
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:38 pm
AIRDRIE MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS RAISED $29,107 FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE AT THE ALBERTA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MAY 8 DURING MCHAPPY DAY.
Prominent Airdrie public figures volunteered to serve food and greet guests during the event, including Mayor Peter Brown, Fire Chief Kevin Weinberger and Airdrie Food Bank Executive Director Lori McRitchie.
“I just believe these charities are such a good cause,” McRitchie said. “I had a great time – it was nice to be there to support their cause because so many people support ours.”
Dawn Wellspring, McHappy Day coordinator, said she was very happy with how the event unfolded.
“We were absolutely thrilled with the event,” Wellspring said. “The support from our staff and our volunteers went way beyond our expectations.”
McDonald’s restaurants across Alberta raised $468,841 this year. Last year, Airdrie McDonald’s restaurants raised $22,942.
McDonald’s restaurants have been participating in McHappy Day since 1977, raising more than $20 million for children’s charities across Canada. Wellspring said that McHappy Day is continuing to enjoy yearly positive community support.
“I think the public can relate to the work we are doing now,” Wellspring said. “We’ve established a reputation with the community now that they know this is an annual event.”
Airdrie McDonald’s manager Nicole Dabies said the event was very successful for the Yankee Valley Boulevard location.
“It went really well,” Dabies said. “It was really busy. We had lots of staff and lots of volunteers. It was lots of fun.”
All funds raised in Airdrie will go to benefit The Ronald McDonald House in Southern Alberta.