18 Culver’s restaurants in South Dakota, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota are hoping to send a lot of Veterans on Midwest Honor Flight but they need your help. Next Tuesday, Culver’s will be donating 10-percent of sales to the organization that gives Veterans healing and closure by taking them to their memorials in Washington, D.C.
Thanks to more than $10,000 raised during last year’s event, Culver’s and its customers helped send several Veterans to Washington, D.C. on Midwest Honor Flight. Now they want to do it again.
“It really hit home. My family history is military. The opportunity that Culver’s can bring. We get Veterans, military people coming into the restaurant all the time,” Pearson said.
Chad Pearson is the Operations Manager for the Culver’s in Sioux Falls and Marshall, MN. He says Veterans continue to thank his employees for pitching in to help Midwest Honor Flight.
“We can serve a great burger but if we can do that and also give back to some of the people who have helped us, I think it’s a great win-win situation for everybody,” Pearson said.
“All support, large and small, every little bit helps to get our Veterans to D.C. which is an amazing experience for them,” Van Sloten said.
Cory Van Sloten is an Army National Guard Chaplain and the Vice President of Midwest Honor Flight. He says with each flight through American Airlines now costing $150,000, every donation counts.
“It’s just a great partnership. I think the values of the Culver’s organization align really well with Midwest Honor Flight in terms of respecting and honoring and appreciating our Veterans. Also the small town midwestern values as well that we see across Iowa, southwest Minnesota and South Dakota, our coverage area. This is just a really good partnership,” Van Sloten said.
Showing that taking care of Veterans isn’t just the flavor of the day, it’s a long term mission.
Participating Locations by State:
2509 S Louise Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
2800 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
5601 E Arrowhead Parkway, Sioux Falls, SD 57110
6301 S Louise Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108
770 W Empire Mall, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
2229 6th St, Brookings, SD 57006
901 26th St SE, Watertown, SD 57201
616 Centennial St S, Aberdeen, SD 57401
1015 Cabela Dr, Mitchell, SD 57301
3208 Broadway St, Yankton, SD 57078
2423 Platinum Dr, Spearfish, SD 57783
1015 Eglin St, Rapid City, SD 57701
2121 W Main St, Rapid City, SD 57702
2501 Mt Rushmore Rd, Rapid City, SD 57701
1913 S Main Ave, Sioux Center, IA 51250
2420 Hamilton Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51104
3102 Singing Hills Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51106
1211 Susan Dr, Marshall, MN 56258