Raises $1.7 Million for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
DUBLIN, Ohio, July 2 /CNW/ -- Millions of people enjoyed a Wendy's Frosty
during Father's Day Weekend, and now more children in foster care will have
greater opportunities to find permanent, loving homes.
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Wendy's announced today that more than $1.7 million was raised on June
14-15 for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, based on preliminary
results. This includes about $260,000 raised in Wendy's Canadian restaurants.
The amount generated far exceeds the $1 million raised in 2007 and tops
this year's goal of $1.3 million.
For every one of the desserts sold in the U.S. during the second annual
Wendy's Father's Day Frosty Weekend, the Company pledged a donation of
50-cents to the Foundation. In Canada, $1 was donated for each Frosty sold.
"Through the loyalty of our customers and the generosity and compassion
of the Wendy's system, we once again raised a significant amount of money to
support foster care adoption. This effort will have a direct impact on
children's lives," said Wendy's CEO & President Kerrii Anderson, a board
member of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. "As Dave Thomas often
said, if just one child finds a home from our efforts, it's all worth it."
The signature program of the non-profit Foundation is Wendy's Wonderful
Kids. This program is filling a critical gap by funding and supporting
full-time adoption recruiters at local agencies in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia and two Canadian provinces to match prospective parents with
waiting foster care children.
"The average child waits in foster care more than five years, and,
without help, more than 20% will age out of the system at 18 without knowing
the love of a permanent family," said Rita Soronen, executive director of the
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. "We're extremely grateful to everyone
who supported this remarkable effort on behalf of the more than 150,000 foster
care children in the U.S. and Canada who are anxiously awaiting adoption."
For more information on foster care adoption, call 1-800-ASK-DTFA or go
to www.davethomasfoundationforadoption.org .
Wendy's International, Inc. overview
Wendy's International, Inc. (NYSE: WEN) is one of the world's largest and
most successful restaurant operating and franchising companies. More
information about the Company is available at www.wendys-invest.com .
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a non-profit 501(c)3 public
charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than
150,000 children in North America's foster care systems ready to be adopted.
Created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas who was adopted as a child, the
Foundation leads programs such as Wendy's Wonderful Kids, which puts adoption
recruiters in all 50 states and Canada to find permanent, loving families for
children in the foster care system, and Adoption-Friendly Workplace, which
encourages employers to offer adoption benefits to their employees. The
Foundation also works with adoption advocates and officials to streamline the
adoption process and make adoption more affordable for families. As the only
Foundation dedicated exclusively to foster care adoption, it is driven by its
founder's simple value: Do what's best for the child. To learn more about the
Foundation's work, please visit www.DaveThomasFoundationforAdoption.org .
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For further information: Bob Bertini, Wendy's International, Inc.,
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