MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The HAVE IT YOUR WAY® Foundation, the charitable arm of the BURGER KING® brand, today announced the launch of its annual Fall Fundraiser, the largest in-restaurant promotion hosted by the Foundation in support of the BURGER KING® Scholars Program. Since its inception in 2000, the BURGER KING® Scholars Program has granted more than $12.7 million in scholarships.
The BURGER KING® system has long-supported education in the communities in which it serves. All U.S. company-owned BURGER KING® restaurants and participating franchise-owned restaurants, along with corporate sponsors J.R. Simplot Co. and McCain Foods, have partnered this year to help support education in their local communities through the Fall Fundraiser.
For each $1 donation made at participating BURGER KING® restaurants from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, guests will receive a booklet containing eight coupons for free value-sized french fries. The net proceeds will benefit the BURGER KING® Scholars Program, which provides educational scholarships to graduating high school seniors in communities across the nation.
"The BURGER KING® Scholars Program has helped alleviate some of the financial burden of the rising cost of higher education for more than 12,000 students since its inception in 2000," said Ivette Diaz, executive director, HAVE IT YOUR WAY® Foundation. "The Fall Fundraiser provides Burger King Corp., its franchisees and guests with the opportunity to support education and positively impact the communities in which we work and live. These coupons are a great value for our guests and benefit a worthy cause."
Current high school seniors planning to graduate in the spring of 2010 may obtain more information on the BURGER KING® Scholars Program and apply online or by calling 305-378-3186. The HAVE IT YOUR WAY® Foundation disburses all scholarship funds. In addition, company- and franchise-owned BURGER KING® restaurants throughout the country host a variety of fundraising activities, which also help fund scholarships each year. The 2010 scholarship recipients will be announced in April of next year.
The BURGER KING® Scholars Program provides $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA, who work part-time, demonstrate financial need and participate in community and/or extracurricular activities. Graduating seniors throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada are eligible for the scholarships.
The HAVE IT YOUR WAY® Foundation is a 501(C) (3) not-for-profit public charity, whose mission is to make a positive impact in the communities in which we work and live in collaboration with the extended BURGER KING® family. The HAVE IT YOUR WAY® Foundation is an integral part of Burger King Corp.'s BK Positive StepsSM corporate responsibility program.
The BURGER KING® system operates more than 11,800 restaurants in all 50 states and in 74 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. Approximately 90 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. In 2008, Fortune magazine ranked Burger King Corp. among America's 1,000 largest corporations and Ad Week named it one of the top three industry-changing advertisers within the last three decades. Through its BK Positive StepsSM corporate responsibility program, the BURGER KING® system is committed to being a socially responsible brand in all areas of its business – food, people, the environment and corporate governance.
Source: BURGER KING CORPORATION