Big Whiskey’s Launches Convoy of Hope Hurricane Fundraiser

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August 31, 2017


Springfield MO—In the aftermath of one of the most prolific natural disasters in United States history, Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar has reached out to Convoy of Hope to collaborate on fundraising initiatives supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

“When the storm hit on Friday night, we immediately went to our social media channels to send our thoughts and prayers to Texas. We offered a small token of complimentary dinner to anyone that might find themselves evacuating to southwest Missouri,” states Director of Marketing, Laura Head Elliott. “It wasn’t much, but we knew right away we wanted to help.”

While watching the rain continue to pour over the Texas Gulf Coast, in record amounts, Big Whiskey’s staff and managers began to come forward wanting to do something, anything, to help victims. After brainstorming ideas, the marketing team reached out to Springfield-based Convoy of Hope to launch a coordinated fundraising campaign.

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response. They had previously stationed their team in San Antonio ahead of the storm to jumpstart relief efforts as quickly as possible.

“We are incredibly thankful for Big Whiskey’s partnership,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “This campaign will enable us to help even more storm survivors in need.”

Elliott continues, “The work that Convoy of Hope does is truly remarkable. Big Whiskey’s has always tried to support community organizations, and the fact that they are based right here in Springfield – it seemed like the perfect way for us to help with Hurricane Harvey relief.”


Beginning Friday, September 1st, guests at all Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar locations will have the opportunity to add a non-taxable donation to their ticket in any amount. To incentivize giving, Big Whiskey’s will also offer a Free Appetizer coupon card, valued at $8.99, for every donation to Convoy of Hope $10.00 and above. Each restaurant location has also committed $500.00 to help jump start giving, and guest donations can be made with cash or credit card.

Vice President of Operations, Matt Caetano, states “There’s definitely a huge need for financial support for the relief efforts that Convoy of Hope is leading in Texas. Since we don’t yet have a Big Whiskey’s in Texas, this is the next best thing we can do to help out.”

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

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based organization with a driving passion to feed the world. With a long history as an early responder in times of natural disasters, Convoy of Hope has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for 14 consecutive years. Convoy of Hope has served more than 85 million people since it was founded in 1994. For more information, visit