Annual Fundraiser For Foster Care Month A Huge Success

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June 19, 2018

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Wrapping up a month of fundraising for Southwest Missouri charity, Ambassadors for Children, Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar® raised $6,825 throughout May for National Foster Care Month. A bonus for this year’s fundraising efforts, the Darr Family had previously pledged a donation match. With their generous contribution, a total of $13,650 will be given to the organization!

Since May 2014, Big Whiskey’s has been an “Ambassador for Children,” hosting fundraising campaigns every May. Raising $1,500 in that first year, the annual campaign has grown with the expansion of the restaurants. Last year the brand raised $6,500. The newest Big Whiskey’s location in Republic, MO, raised the most this year of the six corporate locations with a total of $1,969.

“Big Whiskey's and its staff has been a huge part helping Ambassadors for Children meet the needs of children in foster care. From the May fundraiser to sponsoring older youth for Christmas, it has been very evident that Big Whiskey's cares about children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect. We wouldn't be able to do what we do without their help,” exclaims KeKe Rover, Ambassadors for Children Director.

A theme of “Community First” has always been a priority for the Springfield-based restaurant concept. Collaborating with organizations to make a positive impact in the community keeps Big Whiskey’s connected to their local neighborhoods and customers.

Human Resources Director, Anna Messer, states, “This cause has become something that hits close to our hearts. Our staff is able to learn about the amazing work Ambassadors for Children does, and they really get behind the fundraiser. It makes everyone feel good to give back. A huge thank you to our customers for making this a successful fundraiser every year!”

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar currently operates six restaurants in Southwest Missouri and two franchise locations; Bentonville, AR and Kansas City, MO. A seventh corporate location is scheduled to open in Kansas City in July 2018. Franchises are available across the United States. For more information on available markets and investment opportunities, please visit us at

Ambassadors for Children, an Outreach Services of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, provides resources for foster families. All programs enhance the dignity and self-worth of foster children who have been traumatized by providing meaningful opportunities for them to realize their potential to succeed despite their past experiences. Programs include new clothing, winter coats, new shoes, bed, mattresses, formal wear, car seats, eyeglasses, and financial support to participate in extracurricular activities. For more information or to donate to Ambassadors for Children visit