AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Pop Warner football and cheerleading program received an early Christmas present this month.
The Auburn Ninety Nine Restaurant at 793 Southbridge St. celebrated its 20th anniversary on Nov. 14 with team members, guests and members of the community, raising $1,000 for Auburn Pop Warner.
During the anniversary event, guests enjoyed a game of trivia and participated in a commemorative ceremony that honored the restaurant’s longstanding team members. Funds were raised for Auburn Pop Warner through raffle ticket sales, and a percentage of the restaurant’s total net sales from the day were donated.
Donna Medeiros, general managing partner of the Auburn Ninety Nine Restaurant, presented the check to Auburn Pop Warner.
“We are proud to celebrate 20 years of serving great food and drink to our guests and are passionate about giving back to the community in whatever way we can,” Medeiros said. “We fully support Auburn Pop Warner and look forward to continuing that relationship for years to come.”
The stated mission of Auburn Pop Warner is to “encourage and increase youth participation in football, cheerleading and dance, ensure a safe and positive playing environment for all participants and instill lifelong values of teamwork, dedication and a superior work ethic in the classroom and on the playing field.”
In addition, the Auburn Ninety Nine Restaurant raised more than $6,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley in October. The Ninety Nine Restaurants chain held its annual Boys & Girls Club fund-raiser, raising more than $426,000 for local chapters of the Boys & Girls Club in communities throughout New England and New York.
“Each year, the month of October is a special month for us at the Ninety Nine and this year is no exception,” said Ninety Nine Restaurants President John Grady. “We are passionate about our relationship with the Boys & Girls Club as we enter into our 16th year of service to the organization.
“That passion is evident when you look at the astounding success of our fund-raiser, which was made possible not only from our dedicated team members, but our loyal guests who have shown astounding generosity,” Grady added. “We sincerely thank everyone who generously donated, as we know these funds will go to encouraging positive youth development and accommodate thousands of youths daily.”