PINEHURST, NC (Dec. 11, 2011) -North Carolina Hardee’s restaurants have raised nearly $50,000 for the Patriot Foundation to support military families and provide educational scholarships to children of fallen Fort Bragg soldiers. The in-restaurant fundraiser was a regional extension of the Stars for Troops program launched by CKE Restaurants, parent company of Hardee’s earlier this year.
After a $20,000 contribution designated from funds raised during a system-wide fundraiser in May 2011, additional proceeds were raised during a four-week period ending on Veterans Day at all Hardee’s locations statewide.
Customers who purchased a star cut-out for $1 received a special coupon booklet with discounts valued at more than $10 on Hardee’s menu items. The personalized stars served as decoration on the walls of the restaurants. All proceeds raised from the sale of stars benefited the Patriot Foundation.
This is the second year that Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Hardee’s largest franchisee in North Carolina and the U.S., has organized a fundraising campaign for the Patriot Foundation.
“As a North Carolina-born company, we’ve always been active supporters of the military,” said Jerry Allsbrook, chief marketing officer for Boddie-Noell Enterprises. “We’re proud to see our Hardee’s customers support these soldiers and their families who have sacrificed so much.”
The Patriot Foundation supports five charities that provide scholarships for dependent children of Special Operations, the 82nd Airborne, the 18th Airborne Corps, the Warrior Transition Battalion and Survivor Outreach Services for Soldiers, all based in Fort Bragg. The Foundation also provides funding for child care for the families of disabled soldiers whose spouses need to obtain additional job training.
“The Patriot Foundation is very grateful for the support that Hardee’s has provided again this year,” said Chuck Deleot, chairman of the Patriot Foundation based in Pinehurst. “Hardees is an important corporate partner in our program to provide scholarships for the children of soldiers killed, wounded, and injured fighting for our country. Many families will have a brighter future because of Hardee’s help.”
To date, more than 600 children of soldiers have received scholarship support from the organization and over $1.5 million has been raised since the Patriot Foundation’s founding in 2003. For more information about the Patriot Foundation, visit www.patriotscholarships.com.
About Boddie-Noell Enterprises
Boddie-Noell Enterprises (BNE) has been a Hardee’s franchise operator continuously for 49 years. BNE is the largest Hardee’s franchise operator in the United States with 335 restaurants across four states (North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky and South Carolina). The company employs more than 12,000 people and is headquartered in Rocky Mount, N.C. For more information about the company, visit www.bneinc.com.
Celebrating 50 years in the quick-service industry, Hardee’s Food Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, Inc. of Carpinteria, Calif. As of the end of Q2 fiscal 2012, CKE, through its subsidiaries, had a total of 3,202 franchised, licensed or company-operated restaurants in 42 states and in 23 countries, including 1,278 Carl’s Jr.® restaurants and 1,914 Hardee’s restaurants. For more information, or to find a Hardee’s near you, go to www.hardees.com. Hardee’s social media sites include www.facebook.com/hardees, www.twitter.com/hardees and www.youtube.com/hardees.