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Burger King and McLaren team up to provide patients’ families a home away from home

Monday, November 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
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November 24, 2014                                                          (517) 975-7103



Burger King and McLaren team up to provide patients’ families a home away from home

Annual holiday fundraising campaign supports the McRee Guest House


LANSING, Mich.—Lansing-area Burger Kings and McLaren Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation are partnering for the 23rd year to help provide a home away from home for families whose loved ones are hospitalized at McLaren Greater Lansing.


From Nov. 24 through Dec. 14, Lansing area Burger Kings will raise funds for the McRee Guest House, a hospitality home located on McLaren Greater Lansing’s Greenlawn Campus. Customers who purchase a paper McRee Guest House for $1 at one of the 13 participating locations have their names displayed in that restaurant.


“When we think of the holiday season, we think about helping families at the McRee Guest House,” said Tracy Deatsman, district manager of 11 Burger King franchises in the Lansing area. “It’s such a big part of our holidays, and we couldn’t be more proud of the difference we have made together with the community.”


Because of Burger King’s generosity, the McRee Guest House has never turned away a guest unable to pay. Over the years, the campaign has raised more than $383,000 and has helped to pay for more than 15,000 overnight stays for families of patients, renovations and repairs for the house.


Friendly competitions also take place among franchises and employees to determine who raises the most funds. The restaurant that sells the most paper houses will receive a bowling and pizza party, and employees who sell at least 50 houses will qualify to enter a drawing for prizes. Last year, the Burger King at Frandor sold the most houses for the fourth consecutive year, raising $2,293.


Participating Burger King Restaurants include:

  • North U.S. 27, DeWitt
  • Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing
  • North Cedar Street, Holt
  • East Jolly Road, Lansing
  • East Saginaw Street, Lansing (corner of Cedar and Saginaw streets)
  • Frandor Shopping Center, Lansing
  • South Cedar Street, Lansing
  • South MLK Boulevard, Lansing
  • South Waverly Road, Lansing
  • West Saginaw Street, Lansing
  • West Grand River, Okemos
  • West Lansing Road, Perry
  • South U.S. 27, St. Johns

About the McRee Guest House

Since 1991, the McRee Guest House has hosted more than 40,000 guests from 50 states and from as far away as Europe, Australia and Asia. Operated by volunteers, it provides family members a safe, comfortable and hospitable environment that’s conveniently located on the McLaren Greater Lansing campus.


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