Come out to Wendy’s in McHenry from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight where 10 percent of the cost of your meal goes to support Shop With A Cop.
Shop With A Cop is an event in December where McHenry County police officers take children from disadvantaged families for one-on-one holiday shopping. Each child receives more than $100 to shop, along with a winter coat, hat, gloves and boots. Raising the money for the event takes quite a bit of work and the people at Wendy’s Restaurant – 2433 N. Richmond Rd., McHenry – are a major supporter of the event. In fact, they raise money for the charity all year round.
Tonight, from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 16, 10 percent of all sales will go to Shop With A Cop. In fact, 10 percent of all sales at the restaurant go to Shop With A Cop every third Monday each month from 5 to 8 p.m. (except April, when it is moved to the fourth Monday – April 27).
Eva Rasnake, the General Manager of McHenry Wendy’s, said that supporting Shop With A Cop fits with the spirit of giving established by the late Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s.
Wendy’s has supported Shop With The Cop for years now and is also active supporting numerous other community charitable programs.
In McHenry, the fundraising is topped off by a major party in November hosted by MC3, a McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce business networking group. Dave Lammers, the President of the group, said that Shop With A Cop is one of the highlights of the year for members of MC3.
“Everyone has a real good time,” he said. “And it’s also for a very good cause.”
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Johnsburg and McHenry High School Madrigal Choirs will do a holiday sing off dressed for the Victorian Era. Table after table will provide a plethora of raffle items, silent auction items, live auction items – and then there’s the food and the fun. Anyway you look at it, the 8th Annual Shop With A Cop networking fundraiser is a party you don’t want to miss.
“We’ve raised close to $15,000 each year for McHenry County Police Charities Shop With A Cop program,” said Wayne Seely, the president of MC3, the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce business networking group that sponsors the Thursday, Nov. 20, fundraiser party. “And we have one heck of a good time doing it.”
The fun starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. at the McHenry VFW – on the north side of Route 120 a little east of the Fox River. There is no cost to attend. Funds are raised through contributions and through auction and raffle entries at the party.
With the money raised at the event, area police officers will pick deserving children up at their homes. A short ride in the squad car will bring the officer and child to an area store where each child receives a winter coat, hat, gloves and boots, along with $150 for holiday shopping.
“One of the great things I’ve heard about this is that the police officers often have to remind the children to buy something for themselves,” said Seely, who owns and operates Visual Horizons, an area Web and search engine optimization company. “The children are focused on buying presents for their family.”
After shopping, the police officers take the children out for breakfast. While they dine, members of MC3, and other volunteers, wrap the presents.
For information, call Mike Kutnick at 815-363-8600.