A&W Restaurants nationwide again are giving away their famous Root Beer Floats on National Root Beer Float Day (August 6). The celebration is a way to say “thank you” to guests and to raise money for Disabled American Veterans. From 2 to 8 p.m., participating restaurants will serve free, small Root Beer Floats, no purchase necessary. Guests will be encouraged to make a donation to DAV. Fundraising to began in early July.
There are more than 630 A&W Restaurants in the U.S. This is A&W’s sixth annual National Root Beer Float Day celebration and the second year it has partnered with DAV. A&W and DAV hope to raise $150,000 for the organization, which serves more than one million veterans annually. Donations also can be made online at www.rootbeerfloatday.com. The $100,000 A&W raised for DAV in 2017 provided an estimated $4,000,000 in direct benefits to veterans.
“A&W has a longstanding relationship with America’s Armed Services,” says A&W CEO Kevin Bazner, who noted that A&W Root Beer was introduced at a parade honoring returning World War I veterans in 1919. “The needs of our veterans continue to grow, which is why it is so important that we use a fun event like National Root Beer Float Day to also raise funds for DAV and to call attention to veterans’ issues.”
Since it started to celebrate National Root Beer Float Day, A&W has raised more than $650,000 for veterans groups. “We are grateful to A&W for supporting our ill and injured veterans through National Root Beer Float Day,” adds Marc Burgess, DAV National Adjutant and CEO. “As both A&W and DAV approach their centennial anniversaries, we are proud to join together again this year to support our true American heroes for their decades of service and sacrifices to keep us free.”
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