America’s #1 buffet to raise $900,000 to help send military kids to camp
Camp Corral is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of children ages 8-15 of wounded, ill, and fallen military members by providing camp, advocacy, and enrichment programs. Golden Corral is a founding sponsor of the non-profit and has been partnering with Camp Corral since its inception in 2011, helping campers connect with other children just like them in a community that only Camp Corral can provide.
Through the support of its guests in the past 10 years, Golden Corral has raised more than $14 million to send over 30,000 military children to Camp Corral with no cost to the families. Camp Corral has locations in 15 states for children to attend and offers a family retreat in five states, allowing families and children to adjust to the new realities followed by their military family member’s time in the service.
“We are grateful for the unwavering support from Golden Corral,” said Camp Corral CEO Phil Kowalczyk. “The fundraising efforts and generosity of Golden Corral’s customers enable kids from military families to build self-confidence and have life changing experiences through top quality camps at no cost to the families.”
Committed to making these inspiring connections, Golden Corral is encouraging its loyal guests across the country to join them in raising funds to empower America’s military children. The brand kickstarted its annual campaign with a $100,000 donation from Golden Corral Corporation, getting it one step closer to reaching its $900,000 fundraising goal, which will send roughly 900 kids to camp at no cost to their families.
From April 24 through July 9, in-restaurant guests can donate to Camp Corral by purchasing Fundraising Stars (a White Star for $1, Blue Star for $5, and Flag Star for $10), rounding up their bill at the register, or donating online at their seat by scanning a QR Code.
“We could not be more honored and excited to bring back our annual Camp Corral fundraising campaign,” said Golden Corral CEO Lance Trenary. “They say 11 is a lucky number, so we are hopeful that this year we surpass our campaign goal and send more kids to camp than ever before. Camp Corral is much more than a summer camp – it’s a life-changing experience, with 70% of parents telling us they saw their child’s mental health improve after attending Camp Corral and 89% of parents indicating that their child made a long-lasting new friendship. Our restaurant teams across the country are so engaged and innovative with their campaigns that we fully expect to achieve unprecedented results for these deserving kids.”
Camp Corral has served children from every state in the nation with resilience-based programs focused upon the unique attributes and challenges shared by military-connected children across the country. To learn more about Camp Corral and donate directly through the organization’s site, visit here.
About Golden Corral
Founded in 1973 and based in Raleigh, N.C., Golden Corral is the nation’s largest grill-buffet restaurant chain. Golden Corral strives to make pleasurable dining affordable for all families. While its commitment begins each day with preparing delicious food, Golden Corral also believes in providing outstanding hospitality and giving back. Service to others is a hallmark of the Golden Corral brand. Golden Corral restaurants nationwide have long been strong supporters of the U.S. Military and DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Golden Corral is also the founding sponsor of Camp Corral, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, which provides free, one-of-a-kind summer camp experiences for children of wounded, injured, ill or fallen service members. For more information, visit goldencorral.com and follow Golden Corral on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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