A Burger King right across the street from Arapahoe High School donated all of the money it made off Whoppers, shakes, fries and everything else Friday to a fund for the victim of last week’s terrifying school shooting in Centennial, Colorado.
The fund drive was a whopping success, as students and local residents turned out in droves to chow down on burgers and, more importantly, to support the fallen student.
Claire Davis, 17, remains in “very critical condition,” Denver’s Channel 7 News reports. She was the only wounded student, other than the shooter himself, after 18-year-old Karl Pierson went on a rampage with a shotgun December 13, hunting the Arapahoe debate team coach.
Pierson shot Davis point blank in the head. More than a week later, the teenager remains in a coma at Littleton Adventist Hospital. The armed student subsequently committed suicide, turning the shotgun on himself as a local sheriff’s deputy on duty at Arapahoe High ran towards the school library where he was holed up.
Just three days later, Arapahoe’s Parent Teacher Organization set up a fund to help the fallen student. Saying that his business feels like part of the school’s community, the owner of the Centennial Burger King franchise at Dry Creek Road and University Boulevard announced that his business would donate all of its proceeds for Friday to the fund.
“We wanted to help out. I mean we’re giving away all our sales and there’s food and labor costs associated,” Brian Robison, vice president of the franchise fast-food restaurant’s parent company told Denver’s Channel 9 News. “But, it was a no-brainer.”
Rob-Kraft Inc. owns 25 Burger King franchises in Colorado. Robinson said he expected a big day Friday after news of the donation drive went public.
“What better way to do it than to donate a day’s worth of sales on typically our busiest day of the week,” he said.
The company brought in extra workers to cover what it anticipated would be the increased demand. It was the right move. By lunchtime, the Burger King had lines out the door.
Robinson said that a typical Friday would bring in about $3,500 but he hoped to top $10,000. By 10 pm on Friday, the franchise had sold more than $18,000 worth of Burger King meals, with 100 percent of that money going to the fund for Davis.
“I think it’s really cool,” said Cassie Herndon an Arapahoe High grad. “Our whole community is coming together for and it’s a really great thing.”