Freebirds to hold fundraiser for local nonprofit
Classic rock-and-roll music plays over the loudspeakers as workers with brightly colored hair, tattoos and T-shirts adorned with photos of bands and their logos help customers with their orders. Freebirds World Burrito is now open at Kimball Junction and is planning its first fundraiser today, Saturday, March 22.
Chris Beck-McKay and her husband Mark McKay own the burrito shop and explained that every Freebirds franchise works with two charities of their choice. The new Park City Freebirds has chosen to support Canines with a Cause and the Utah 1033 Foundation.
The Utah 1033 Foundation raises money for scholarships and other services for the children and families of fallen police officers while Canines with a Cause rescues dogs from local animal shelters and trains them to become companion, therapy and service dogs for military veterans. The fundraiser on Saturday will be held to raise money for the latter.
"We heard about it because our co-general manager, like me, loves animals, so we contacted them and had an opportunity to talk with them and arrange the fundraiser," Beck-McKay said. "We are just so excited about what they do, not only for animals but even more importantly for our heroes, the servicemen and women that go overseas for us."
Even more interesting, Beck-McKay said, is that the organization also helps rehabilitate women in the Utah State Prison who are first-time offenders for when they are released. They are taught a trade while they are in prison, such as grooming or training, and then offered them jobs with the organization to groom and train the dogs for the veterans. The group also helps the women find jobs at other organizations or companies and even veterinary hospitals utilizing the skills they learned while in prison.
A portion of all sales from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Freebirds on Saturday will be donated to Canines with a Cause, and Beck-McKay said service dogs and veterans will be in attendance. She has placed flyers up throughout town to help spread awareness of the fundraiser as well as to advise the community of daily giveaways and a grand prize that will be drawn for at 5 p.m.
"The Newpark Hotel has donated a suite with a hot tub on the deck, we are supplying dinner for two, Jupiter Bowl has a whole evening of bowling and activities planned out and Kneaders is providing the winners breakfast in their room in the morning," Beck-McKay said. "The winners of the grand prize must be over 21, and people can enter all day up until 5 p.m. by entering their names in the fishbowl at the register."
Freebirds has also been drawing three winners every day for smaller prizes like a card for a free burrito a week for a year, a one-night stay at the Landmark Inn with a free breakfast in the morning at The Pancake House, a $50 gift card and gift basket from the Tanger Outlets and SkullCandy earbud headphones.
This is Beck-McKay and her husband’s third franchise, and she said they are proud to now be a part of the Freebirds family. They have owned McDonald’s franchises, but Beck-McKay said the food at Freebirds is even more high quality.
The meat is grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic-free and the chicken is all natural. There are no freezers or cans in the shop, because all of the add-ons are prepared and made fresh in the kitchen every day. The burrito shop also offers plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
"We are thrilled to be in Kimball Junction. We can’t think of a more wonderful place to be," Beck-McKay said. "We truly believe we have the kind of food that Parkites and folks from throughout Summit County appreciate, and we’re glad to offer it."
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