It was a little after 7 p.m. on a Wednesday night, and the dinner crowd at Whataburger Unit 693 in northeast San Antonio, was steady and cheerful. Families laughed good-naturedly while sharing fries. A young couple cozied up in the corner, slurping on chocolate shakes. A toddler, his face smeared with Fancy Ketchup, gulped big bites of a chicken strip. Like hundreds of other customers, these folks wanted to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association – being able to help while enjoying their favorite meal was just a bonus.
Whataburger is donating a percentage of all sales tallied between 5-8 p.m. May 23 to the MDA’s scholarship program to send kids with muscle disease to MDA summer camps. The total donation? A cool $100,000.
“Whataburger believes in giving back to the communities we call home,” said Pam Cox, group director of corporate communications for Whataburger. “We’re fortunate to have the most generous customers, and with their support we hope to send some very special kids to MDA camp this summer for an unforgettable week.”
MDA summer camps offer a wide range of activities specially designed for youngsters who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. Each year, campers have an unmatched opportunity to develop lifelong friendships, share interests and build self-confidence. It costs an average of $800 per camper to send a child affected by a neuromuscular disease to camp at no cost to their family. The summer camps also offer a week of respite for campers’ parents, who often serve as full-time caregivers for their children. “Our summer camps are magical places where kids can just be kids,” said MDA Executive Vice President of Business Development Kevin Moran. “We’re excited and grateful that Whataburger has chosen to support our summer camp program through their National Burger Month celebration.”
The Whataburger fundraiser for MDA is part of Whataburger Serves, an ongoing initiative designed to share the Whataburger spirit of selfless service with the community.