Raises $1.7 Million for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
DUBLIN, Ohio, July 2 // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- Millions of people enjoyed a Wendy's Frosty during Father's Day Weekend, and now more children in foster care will have greater opportunities to find permanent, loving homes.
Wendy's announced today that more than $1.7 million was raised on June 14-15 for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, based on preliminary results. This includes about $260,000 raised in Wendy's Canadian restaurants.
The amount generated far exceeds the $1 million raised in 2007 and tops this year's goal of $1.3 million.
For every one of the desserts sold in the U.S. during the second annual Wendy's Father's Day Frosty Weekend, the Company pledged a donation of 50-cents to the Foundation. In Canada, $1 was donated for each Frosty sold.
"Through the loyalty of our customers and the generosity and compassion of the Wendy's system, we once again raised a significant amount of money to support foster care adoption. This effort will have a direct impact on children's lives," said Wendy's CEO & President Kerrii Anderson, a board member of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. "As Dave Thomas often said, if just one child finds a home from our efforts, it's all worth it."
The signature program of the non-profit Foundation is Wendy's Wonderful Kids. This program is filling a critical gap by funding and supporting full-time adoption recruiters at local agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces to match prospective parents with waiting foster care children.
"The average child waits in foster care more than five years, and, without help, more than 20% will age out of the system at 18 without knowing the love of a permanent family," said Rita Soronen, executive director of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. "We're extremely grateful to everyone who supported this remarkable effort on behalf of the more than 150,000 foster care children in the U.S. and Canada who are anxiously awaiting adoption."
For more information on foster care adoption, call 1-800-ASK-DTFA or go to http://www.davethomasfoundationforadoption.org .
Wendy's International, Inc. (NYSE: WEN) is one of the world's largest and most successful restaurant operating and franchising companies. More information about the Company is available at http://www.wendys-invest.com .
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 150,000 children in North America's foster care systems ready to be adopted. Created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas who was adopted as a child, the Foundation leads programs such as Wendy's Wonderful Kids, which puts adoption recruiters in all 50 states and Canada to find permanent, loving families for children in the foster care system, and Adoption-Friendly Workplace, which encourages employers to offer adoption benefits to their employees. The Foundation also works with adoption advocates and officials to streamline the adoption process and make adoption more affordable for families. As the only Foundation dedicated exclusively to foster care adoption, it is driven by its founder's simple value: Do what's best for the child. To learn more about the Foundation's work, please visit http://www.DaveThomasFoundationforAdoption.org .
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