Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar and Hershey Bears Raise More Than $8500 for ‘Running for Rachel’

Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar and Hershey Bears Raise More Than $8500 for 'Running for Rachel'

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Arooga's Grille House & Sports Bar and Hershey Bears Raise More Than $8500 for 'Running for Rachel'Harrisburg, Pa based Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar hosted their sixth annual “Running for Rachel” fundraising event at several of their Central Pa locations this past Wednesday, February 28th, raising more than $8500 in just 2 hours in partnership with the Hershey Bears.

The event was hosted by six of Arooga’s Pennsylvania locations in Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Hershey, and Lancaster, and featured Hershey Bears ticket voucher giveaways for cash donations, a silent auction, and meet & greet and autograph sessions with Bears players.  Proceeds for the auction and cash donations received will benefit the Running for Rachel 5K, which will be held on Harrisburg’s City Island this year on April 29th, in honor of its namesake Rachel Guss.  Rachel passed away in 2011 from Duodenal cancer, a rare form of the disease that is very difficult to treat.

“We’re truly in awe of the outpouring of support from our community, Arooga’s and The Hershey Bears. This event raised more funds than ever before, and they’re going directly to cancer research – an amazing gift,” said Erin Stone, President of Running for Rachel and sister of the charity’s namesake, Rachel Guss.

“We are so grateful for the show of support by our guests for this great cause.” said Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar President and Co-Founder Gary Huether, Jr.  “This has been another great year for this fundraiser, and we are thrilled to be able to give back to local organizations like Running for Rachel.”

The recipient of several national accolades, including selection as America’s Next Top Restaurant Franchise, as well as recognition among Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500 Franchises of 2018 and Full Service Restaurant Magazine’s Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Chains, Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar pride themselves on their charitable contributions-particularly those local to the company’s headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa.  Arooga’s corporate owned locations have raised more than $250,000 since the brand’s inception in 2008 and continue to seek out organizations which might benefit from the company’s sponsored fundraising events.

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar is an innovative full-service casual restaurant and bar with a sports and entertainment focus that combines exceptional food and beverages, with unique concepts, and proprietary operational strategies. Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar was founded in July 2008, and currently has franchise agreements for nearly 100 locations in the Eastern U.S.  Arooga’s offers franchising opportunities for their “unique sports and entertainment restaurant & bar” concept to qualified multi-unit candidates.  For more information, visit, or contact Keith Swade, Director of Franchise Development at