A&W restaurants love tradition as their classic menu, root bear and dining room atmosphere shows. They also love the tradition of supporting the MS Society of Canada.
Once again in 2019, all 960 A&W restaurants across Canada will be hosting “Burgers to Beat MS” all day on Aug. 22.
The Wetaskiwin A&W will be participating, stated manager Colleen Kruger, who noted this A&W is part of the Canalta Food Services group headquartered out of Drumheller and which includes 46 A&W restaurants in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Kruger said A&W has been helping out the MS Society for quite some time. She said MS is a serious condition that affects a lot of Canadians, including A&W staff, and “Burgers to Beat MS’ can help a lot of people.
A&W restaurants have helped out the MS Society for the past 11 years, and in that time the restaurants have raised over $13 for MS support and research. Canalta A&W restaurants themselves are estimated to have raised over $1 million.
A&W decided the Teen Burger will be the charitable menu selection as it’s the most popular burger at A&W.
Staff are also encouraged to do more fundraising on their own at each restaurant, so Kruger said the Wetaskiwin A&W will offer a silent auction, bake sale and 50/50 draw to raise funds for the MS Society. Of course, generous customers can donate more if they wish, and all A&W locations accept MS Society donations year-round.
The Wetaskiwin A&W has also been supporting local events; Kruger noted that during NASCAR Week in Wetaskiwin, the local A&W donated all the burgers and buns for the free barbecue July 26.
“Burgers to Beat MS” will be available at A&W restaurants across Canada Thursday, Aug. 22. The Wetaskiwin A&W is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the drive-thru is open 24 hours.