Franchise Business Arooga's Skates with Hershey Bears to Raise $8,522
Six local Arooga’s restaurants and the Hershey Bears, a Pennsylvania-based professional hockey team, have raised $8,522 for the local "Running for Rachel" charity. This amount exceeds last year's total by more than $2,500 and brings the fundraising partnership to more than $21,000 dollars raised for the charity over the last four years.
The charity is named for Rachel Guss, a college student loved by the local community who lost her battle with a rare form of duodenal cancer in November of 2011. Erin Stone, Rachel's sister and the spokesperson for the charity, said the nonprofit was thrilled that Arooga’s was the home of the Running for Rachel fundraiser again this year and praised the franchise business' staff, the Hershey Bears and the patrons who participated in the event. Running for Rachel's annual run/walk event will take place on April 24 this year at Harrisburg's City Island.
Doug Yingst, Hershey Bears’ General Manager and President, spoke of the privilege and honor it was to work with Arooga's to help the local charity. This is the fourth year in a row that Arooga's decided to help raise funds before the event in Rachel's memory. The college student was known by many of the eatery's staff.
According to Arooga's President and Co-Founder Gary Huether, Jr., Running for Rachel is a cause close to the Arooga's family’s heart. Huether praised the local community for coming out and supporting the cause and the Guss family and the Hershey Bears for their successful charity partnership.
The Arooga's Franchise Opportunity
Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar is a full-service casual brand that has an entertainment and sports focus. Founded in 2008, the franchise chain is currently in the middle of a rapid expansion, with locations in New York, Rhode Island, Warwick, Patchogue and more. Part of Arooga's corporate culture is an emphasis on working with the local community, as shown by its charity involvement, and it's also a fit for a person who is looking for a green franchise chain. All of the Arooga's locations have the Green Restaurant Association certification.
To qualify for the Arooga's franchise opportunity, candidates must have a net worth of at least $500,000 per location, with at least $750,000 of liquid assets available per location. The initial franchisee fee is $49,500, and the total investment ranges from $740,000 to $2,400,000. All franchisees are required to commit to developing at least four locations across a defined territory.