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Burgers for benefit

Queen City donates to local charities

A burger and Chicago dog from Queen City Burger are pictured. Ten percent of proceeds from food sales on Tuesday went to the Grant Henricksen Memorial Fund for the restaurantÕs Burgers for Benefit Day, which gives back to local charities. (Journal photo by Trinity Carey)

MARQUETTE — Queen City Burger Co. isn’t just serving up delicious food, they’re also giving back to local charities.

On Tuesday, the restaurant held a Burgers for Benefit event. Ten percent of all food sales from the day were given back to the Grant Henriksen Memorial, which assists Upper Peninsula families who have a child with cancer. Funds may cover transportation costs, medical treatment or any other incidentals that occur while a family is battling cancer.

“Every month we pick somebody or a charitable organization to have a burger day, so then we donate 10% of the sales to the organization,” said Eric Curtis, co-owner of Queen City Burger Co. “It’s good to give back. We can give a portion of our sales to a local charity, especially the charities we’ve had so far, it does good for local residents.”

Curtis expected to raise between $200 and $300 for the charity.

The burger restaurant opened its doors in Marquette this April and began the Burgers for Benefit Days in May. The first event raised funds for Ainsley’s Halo, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping others in honor of Ainsley Kargela, an 8-year-old who battled cancer.

With the help of Rustic Vapor, Pur Salon and Queen City Burger Co., $853 was raised to give to the organization.

During each event a donation bucket is placed on the counter of the restaurant, so customers can contribute more to the fund if they wish.

Next month, Queen City plans to give back to Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride, which aims to connect and provide support to the LGBTQIA community and related organizations. The following month will benefit the charities of the Home Builders Association of the Upper Peninsula, and the month after will benefit U.P. Honor Flight, a nonprofit organization that provides veterans with a trip to Washington D.C.

Curtis hopes the community will support the Burgers for Benefit Days and come to Queen City Burger Co. to “A.) get a really good burger; B.) to help out the local charities and put some money back into local charities and help families all around the U.P.,” he said.

Visit the Donation Request page on queencityburgers.com and fill out the form to nominate an organization for a future Burgers for Benefit Day.

Queen City Burger Co. is located at 2712 U.S. 41, Marquette Township.

Trinity Carey can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is tcarey@miningjournal.net.