This year’s Burgers to Beat MS event has more than doubled the funds raised from last year. A total of $11,651.57 was raised through the purchase of teen burgers at A and W locations in Lloydminster.
On Thursday, four locations in the city participated in the event that saw $2 from every teen burger sold going to the MS research, local programming and treatment. MS Society Lloydminster Manager Patty Milnthorp says she was thrilled with the turnout at all the locations that participated.
“During the day each one of the locations had a team that was in charge of looking after that specific day so decorations, games and all of that. The preplanning paid off big time.”
She says no locations ran out of burgers, however, the west end location did run out of buns. A total of 2291 teen burgers were sold.
The national initiative is in its 10th year and over the nine years has raised $11 million. Last year, they raised $1.8 million Canada-wide and the goal for this year was $2 million. Milnthorp says if the other communities across the country were as successful as Lloydminster there is a good chance the goal was reached.
Mayor Gerald Aalbers, Lloydminster MLA Colleen Young and Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Rosemarie Falk all took part in the day by helping during the lunch hour for the cornerstone location.
“We had some of our people with MS and our board members that jumped on board. In the evening the band The Appeal played who have a very close connection to MS, as well as Just Kruzin car club, the HOG Chapter came out.”