SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Three area non-profit organizations were presented with checks to enhance their offerings during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated McDonald’s franchise Aug. 18. An Abington area student also received funds to help pay for her college education.
The Abington Soccer Club received a $500 donation from the local McDonald’s franchise, which will help defray the cost of having its turf field refurbished. According to secretary Julie Rusak, it will also help the club purchase nets and paints as well as support the use of local fields in the community.
Also, as part of the restaurant’s grand opening, a portion of every large fry purchase will be donated to the club throughout the end of August at the South Abington Township location, which is offering an all-you-can-eat large fry promotion during that time.
Abington Heights graduate Carolyn Hickman was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Hickman plans to study communications at High Point University in North Carolina.
“The scholarship means a lot,” Hickman said. “I know a lot of excellent students were awarded them. It will be a really big help in my future college endeavors.”
The Peckville Assembly of God Church received a $10,000 donation from Ronald McDonald House Charities of NEPA to aid in the cost of lights for its Strawberry Fields recreation complex, which includes a baseball diamond, beside the church on Route 6 in Blakely.
“They were recently lit for the first time and about 100 people from the community showed up,” Pastor Terry Drost said. “The field will be open to the community for families to use in the future.”
The Scranton Cultural Center received a $1,250 donation from Ronald McDonald House Charities of NEPA to help fund scholarships that allow kids to attend summer camps at no cost.
According to Box Office Manager Jason Helman, the center offers summer theatre camps for kids ages 3-18.
“They focus on the performing arts and learning how to create artwork,” he said.
The Mueller family, who own the South Abington Township franchise, sponsored the organizations.
Local franchise co-owner/operator Christina Mueller-Curran believes it’s important for the restaurant to give back to the area it serves.
“We like to support the community in which we do business,” she said. “It’s our duty.”
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