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Hurricane Harvey Relief From ‘Zees and ‘Zors, Part II


Last week we posted about 10 franchises, with help from both franchisees and franchisors, that have donated time, resources and efforts to Hurricane Harvey relief. Countless other organizations are providing what they can to assist in the recovery efforts, and it’s nearly impossible to list all of them. Here are 10 other American franchise brands and franchisees harnessing their coast-to-coast presence in support of those affected by the devastation.

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar: Two Dallas-Fort Worth locations hosted fundraising event Sunday, September 10 during the first Dallas Cowboys game of the season. Each location will donate a portion of proceeds to the J.J. Watt Foundation.

Additionally, throughout September, all 27 Boston’s locations will participate in a “Round-Up" event where events can round-up their food and drink bills to support the J.J. Watt Foundation’s efforts.

Club Pilates: Participating Club Pilates studios hosted relief classes Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, in a partnership with TPG Growth. Classes were held with a suggested $10 donation per class. Club Pilates Corporate is matching the total funds raised by local studios and franchise owners across the network, and will donate the collective proceeds to the American Red Cross.

CycleBar: CycleBar studios across the country are hosting charity rides to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts. In addition, the company will be selling “We Ride with Texas” baseball hats and shirts, and a portion of each sale will be added to the studio’s donation funds. CycleBar has a goal of raising $100,000 between the rides and merchandise sales.

Dogtopia: Fundraising is taking place in all Dogtopia locations, and its corporate office will be matching each store’s contribution dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000. The proceeds raised will be split between the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and S.A.V.E. Rescue Coalition, a nonprofit consisting of 100 percent volunteer efforts that reunites dogs lost in the hurricane to their families.

Jack in the Box: Jack in the Box offered free combo meals to uniformed first responders and county officials at Jack in the Box restaurants in the Houston area. The Jack in the Box foundation contributed $50,000 to the American Red Cross, and the Jack in the Box National Franchise Association made a $100,000 donation to support employees of franchised restaurants affected by the hurricane.

McDonald’s: McDonald’s announced it would donate $1 million to the American Red Cross, and announced a $250,000 employee matching program. Local restaurants donated thousands of water bottles to the local Red Cross, and open restaurants in the Houston area provided free meals to first responders.

Pet Supplies Plus: Pet Supplies Plus donated more than $30,000 worth of pet supplies and foods to local Pet Supplies Plus locations around the Houston area, which then distributed the donations to local Houston shelters and humane societies.

Salata: With its headquarters and 33 restaurants located in the Houston area, Salata experienced the effects of Hurricane Harvey firsthand. Twenty-four of its Houston-area locations reopened quickly and began feeding first responders in uniform. Salata is also collecting donations for the J.J. Watt Foundation through September 30.

Urban Bricks Pizza: On August 28, founder and CEO Sammy Aldeeb, along with his corporate staff and other franchisees, traveled to the Urban Bricks Pizza in Corpus Christi. They handed out more than 700 free pizzas to the community.

Whataburger: Whataburger pledged $1 million to the Whataburger Family Foundation, which will provide financial assistance to company employees impacted by the flood. The chain is also donating $150,000 to the Red Cross, and $500,000 to local food banks to be deployed in the areas of greatest need. 

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