Hurricane Grill & Wings will Make a Donation to Els for Autism for Every Chicken Wing Sold During the Month of April; Company Has Already Sold 630k-plus Wings
April is Autism Awareness Month and Hurricane Grill & Wings, a beach-themed full-service restaurant franchise headquartered in South Florida, is using chicken wings to raise awareness for the cause. Hurricane Grill & Wings is specifically donating one penny to the Els for Autism organization, also based in South Florida, for every chicken wing sold during the month of April all Hurricane Grill & Wings locations nationwide.
The company said in an announcement earlier in the month, “We’d like to honor our team members whose families are impacted by autism. We’re making a donation to Els for Autism for every single wing sold at any of our 62 locations all April long. We’re hoping through something as simple as chicken wings, we can bring awareness about something much bigger that impacts 1 in 68 American children and their families.”
So far, the company has sold more than 630,000 chicken wings at its 60-plus restaurant locations. Based on past data, Hurricane Grill & Wings estimates that it will raise more than $15,000 for the Els for Autism organization, which was established in 2009 by Liezl and Ernie Els, parents of Ben, who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Ernie Els is a South African professional golfer and a former world number one. Els for Autism is designed to be a global hub to connect the international autism community. Its Jupiter, Florida based facility creates shared best practices and the latest research for improved collaboration.
“We were really touched when we found out that Hurricane Grill & Wings was inspired to get involved because of their team members who have kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD),” said Pam Minelli, Director of Development for the Els for Autism Foundation. “As a fellow parent of a child with ASD, along with our founders Ernie and Liezl Els, we are very grateful to Hurricane for donating a portion of their April sales proceeds to help children affected by autism.”
“There are a few Hurricane Grill & Wings and Hurricane BTW franchise owners who have children affected by autism spectrum disorder and we are committed to supporting them,” said Brooksy Smith, Chief Brand Officer for Hurricane AMT (Hurricane Grill & Wings, Hurricane BTW and Hurricane Dockside). “Already we’ve sold hundreds of thousands of wings and we’re hoping our guests will continue the momentum by stopping in during the month of April for an order of chicken wings.”
With more than 62 restaurants located across the United States, Florida-based Hurricane Grill & Wings is known for its jumbo, fresh wings, more than 30 signature sauces and rubs and tropical, laid-back vibe. Named by USA Today as one of “10 Great Places to Wing It,” selected as one of the “Future 50” by Restaurant Business and as one of Franchise Times “Top 40 Fast and Serious,” Hurricane Grill & Wings’ menu includes wings, tacos, burgers and seafood. The original Hurricane Grill & Wings opened in Fort Pierce, Fla., in 1995 and has expanded to locations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, and Texas, with over 50 restaurants currently under development. For more information, visit www.hurricanewings.com.