Maybe fast food joint Chick-fil-A has been getting more hatred than it deserves. The company, which was recently slammed after CEO Dan Cathy tweeted bigoted messages targeted at homosexuals, will be hosting a series of 10k and 5k races for charity, the Gwinnett Daily Post(a paper out of Lawrenceville, Georgia) reported. The Post went on to mention that the races will be held this coming Saturday at Loganville High School in Loganville, Georgia, and will benefit Uniting Hope 4 Children, which supports families in foster care.
The charity’s official website (www.uh4c.org) dubs the organization a “faith-based nonprofit” with the goal of “… uniting churches, individuals, families, and corporations…” in order to give hope to children, adding that the charity recruits abandoned or neglected children and places them into safe foster homes. It’s no secret that Chick-Fil-A is very traditional and a fan of family values (their restaurants typically close on Sundays for the Christian Sabbath), so why wouldn’t they pick a cause that would allow them to give back to the community while supporting those family values? In addition, maybe this will help quell the storm of backlash the company has been facing lately.
The Loganville Local reports that businesses and other organizations in and around the Loganville area are being given the chance to sponsor the so-called Connect Race Series, which will also have safe activities for family members to participate in. The Gwinnet Daily Post also added that on-site registration would occur the day of the event from 7-7:50 A.M., with the 10K race following shortly after. Registration for the event is $30.00 for the 10K race and $25.00 for the 5K, according to the event’s official website. There are also “Phantom Runners,” those who wish to make a donation but skip the whole running 5-10 kilometers thing.
Chick-Fil-A, which has its roots in Hapeville, Georgia, was founded in 1946 by American entrepreneur S. Truett Cathy, and is currently run by Truett’s son, CEO Dan Cathy (if that doesn’t say traditional family values, nothing does). According to its website, Chick-Fil-A prides itself on making donations and providing other support to charities in the area. As the site mentions, Chick-Fil-A became a founding member of the Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center. This center will help educate some 30,000 Atlanta students as well as giving them the opportunities to participate in mock simulations where they assume leadership positions over a company and learn how to make important decisions.
In addition, the restaurant runs the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, a series of sponsored sports games that has given millions away in scholarships to college students, its site reports. The restaurant chain is estimated to be worth about $5.5 billion, and the elder Cathy had a net worth of about $1.9 billion when he died.