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Local Woman Honored by Culver’s for Charity Work
Michelle Abrams voted by Culver’s guests as Portrait of a Hero contest winner
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – A deserving Culver’s guest was honored with a surprise celebration worthy of a hero. Michelle Abrams was honored as the winner of Culver’s Portrait of a Hero contest, which asked guests to nominate their personal heroes. A surprise check presentation was held on June 13 at Culver’s of Navarre, Florida. Culver’s co-founder Craig Culver presented Michelle with a $500 donation to the charity of her choice and $500 in Culver’s Gift Cards.
Culver’s guests nominated over 3,700 of their personal heroes. A panel of judges from Culver’s selected the top 25 nominations, and guests then cast over 10,000 votes, selecting Michelle as the most deserving winner.
Michelle was nominated by Ronna Hatfield, a fellow community member, for her efforts to spearhead a weekend food program for 400 children in her community. Upon realizing that some children left school on Friday unsure if they would have food to eat at home, Michelle and a friend rallied volunteers and donations to begin the program that provides each child with four meals for the weekend.
“Michelle saw a huge need in our small town,” wrote Hatfield in her nomination. “The children come to school and often tell their teachers about sharing their food with younger, non-school-age siblings. Although this is heartbreaking to hear, it makes the volunteers happy that they are doing something to help.”
Culver’s Portrait of a Hero contest is an extension of their Custard Hero initiative, which helps guests recognize and honor their personal heroes.
“We received so many heartfelt and inspiring stories from our guests about people like Michelle overcoming life’s challenges and helping their communities,” said Julie Fussner, vice president of marketing at Culver’s. “People are at the core of Culver’s, and we’re proud to honor those who are so deserving of the title of ‘hero.’”
For over 30 years, Culver's guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients and served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers over 600 family-owned and operated restaurants in 24 states. The restaurants' nationally recognized customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality. Signature items include the award-winning ButterBurger, made from fresh, never frozen, beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit www.culvers.com, www.culvers.com/facebook, www.twitter.com/culvers, www.gplus.to/culvers or www.instagram.com/culvers