One of the pillars of our company is strong community involvement, and we try to do our part to support other local businesses and organizations whenever we can. We recently presented two deserving nonprofits — Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County — with checks as a result of campaigns we ran at Puckett’s Boat House and Puckett’s Gro. in Murfreesboro, respectively.
Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury
Puckett’s Boat House runs an annual Ceiling Dollars fundraiser that was inspired by the traditions of several restaurants’ along the Gulf Coast who invite diners to pin dollar bills marked with their names, hometowns, and sometimes notes to other travelers, to their ceilings.
Ever seeking to support and positively impact the communities in which his restaurants are located, Andy Marshall elected to create a similar atmosphere at Puckett’s Boat House, but with a twist — each dollar that is pinned to the ceiling of the downtown Franklin restaurant in a calendar year is counted and donated to a preselected recipient of the year’s campaign proceeds, with A. Marshall Foods matching the total donations to the dollar. With A. Marshall’s match, we were able to present $771.42 to Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury!
Several members of our team, including Marketing Director Rachel Layton; Marketing and Community Relations Associate Lindsay Curtis and Puckett’s Boat House General Manager Ricki Terry, visited the Habitat for Humanity office — located right off W. Main St. in downtown Franklin — to present more than $700 in proceeds that were collected in 2016. Accepting the donation on behalf of Habitat for Humanity were Susan Shipley, Development Coordinator; Rain Fisher, Volunteer Development Manager; Becket Moore, Executive Director; Wayne Weaver, Director of Homeowner Services; and Jennee Galland, Director of Communications and Events.
Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury seeks to fulfill the need for affordable housing in Williamson County — which is one of the fastest growing areas in the country — and Maury County, relying solely on financial support from local entities and the labor of volunteers to achieve its mission. For additional information or to get involved as a donor, volunteer, or business sponsor, please contact Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury at 615-690-8090 or visit www.hfhwm.org.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County
On the evening of our Grand Opening of Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant on the downtown Murfreesboro square last month, we pledged to donate 10% of sales from the night to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County and were able to donate $826 to the Clubs as a result.
A self-proclaimed ‘product of the Boys & Girls Club,’ Andy Marshall, CEO of A. Marshall Foods, credits the organization for providing strong reinforcements and role models during his youth and often supports the Club’s local branches through charitable campaigns at the company’s restaurants. The Feb. 13 grand opening celebration of Puckett’s Gro. in Murfreesboro included a performance by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County cheerleading squad and an introduction of the Clubs’ 2017 Youth of the Year.
Andy Marshall and his family– wife, Jan; daughter, Claire Crowell, COO of A. Marshall Family Foods; and son, Cliff, a manager at Puckett’s in Murfreesboro — along with Puckett’s General Manager, Autumn Friese and A. Marshall Family Foods Opening Project Manager, Chris Payne, presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County representatives Sheryl Chesnutt, Executive Director; Michelle Clifford, Director of Marketing and Special Events; and Beth Hackett, Resource Development Director with a check for a portion of Puckett’s grand opening proceeds at the restaurant.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides youth with positive mentors and educational and developmental opportunities in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The Rutherford County branch serves more than 2,800 young people daily, relying on private, corporate, individual, and United Way funding to fill the gap between membership dues and operational expenses. To learn more, visit www.bgcrc.net.
As always, our gratitude goes out to you, our loyal customers, for supporting us so that we can, in turn, support others!