A lot of thought goes into where we open our restaurants. When we plant our flag into a community, we ground ourselves there in the schools, with first responders, and non-profit organizations.
In Summit County, we partner with the LeBron James Family Foundation and donate an authentic barbecue buffet for each and every Hometown Hall Meeting. These monthly gatherings allow Akron families to participate in a moderated question and answer forum hosted by a panel of experts consisting of a parent, faculty from The University of Akron, Akron Public Schools staff, a member of the LeBron Advisory Board, and a member of the Foundation. Old Carolina Family Meal packs are given away as door prizes in the hopes families will continue breaking bread together.
In Stark County, we've been humbled to partner with Wishes Can Happen which grants wishes to kids ages 3-21 with life threatening illnesses. In most cases these wishes are welcome distractions as the children and their families battle a disease with all their might. Old Carolina has pledged to donate $10,000 to this most important charity.
We know the importance of encouragement and support. Our partnerships with schools in every community where an Old Carolina is based extend beyond donating free kids' meal cards to reward students, team feeds, and placing ads in everything from sports to yearbooks to drama performances. We often seek out and employ high school and college students to work in our stores.
Nothing gives us more pleasure than serving those who have made it their career of serving others. Serving food at National Night Out events and sponsoring an "Officer of the Year" are just a few examples of how we show our appreciation to first responders.
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