Industry News | January 10, 2013
Taco Cabana Lends a Hand to Wounded Warriors
Taco Cabana recently announced it raised more than $73,000 in its annual Taco Treat fundraiser, benefitting the Warrior and Family Support Center (WFSC), and will present a giant check to the organization during a luncheon ceremony at the WFSC.
The WFSC is located in San Antonio, Texas, at Brooke Army Medical Center, a national rehabilitation center for wounded military. This is the second consecutive year Taco Cabana has raised funds directly benefitting the center.
During the annual signature fundraiser, Taco Cabana offered guests a booklet filled with five coupons for free bean and cheese tacos in exchange for a $2 donation that directly benefits the WFSC.
“Taco Cabana is committed to giving back to those who have served our nation as members of the military,” says Todd Coerver, chief operating officer at Taco Cabana.
"Because many of our locations are near military bases, we have several active and retired military personnel among our employees, guests,and their immediate families,” he continues. “They are our neighbors and friends and have given so much to protect our freedom. We feel our support of the WFSC is the least we can do to show our appreciation and support.”
Taco Cabana’s participation with the WFSC stretches back several years, with employees volunteering regularly to help cater lunch or dinner for those at the center.
“We’re very grateful to have the continued support of Taco Cabana,” says Judith Markelz, director of the WFSC. “The generosity of Taco Cabana, its employees, and guests help the center maintain its goal towards helping our war veterans and their families find a home away from home while recovering.”
Donations to the WFSC go toward providing summer and winter camps for the children of wounded warriors, as well as diapers, formula, and foods to be shared by Families and Warriors.
All Taco Cabana locations offer a 20 percent discount to anyone showing a valid military ID or wearing a military uniform.
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