P. Terry’s burger chain raises $17,161 for char­ity drive

Owner Pa­trick Terry do­nates prof­its from six stores on Satur­day to help needy fam­i­lies.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Ni­cole Vil­lal­pando nvil­lal­pando@states­man.com

P. Terry’s Burger Stand had its busiest day of the year on Satur­day. That was the day when peo­ple lined up at its six Cen­tral Texas lo­ca­tions to make a do­na­tion to the Austin Amer­i­can-States­man’s Sea­son for Car­ing pro­gram.

By eat­ing lunch, break­fast or din­ner or some­times mul­ti­ple meals on Satur­day, cus­tomers helped P. Terry’s raise $17,160.99, that day’s prof­its for all six lo­ca­tions. About 15 per­cent of its em­ploy­ees do­nated their wages for the day, and Farm to Ta­ble pro­vided lo­cally grown to­ma­toes, which helped re­duce P. Terry’s costs.

The do­na­tion will go to help hun­dreds of fam­i­lies through­out Cen­tral Texas to have ba­sic needs met through Sea­son for Car­ing. The pro­gram, which be­gan in 1999, high­lights the needs of 12 fea­tured fam­i­lies, who are nom­i­nated by lo­cal non­profit agen­cies. Those agen­cies dis­trib­ute the funds through­out the year by help­ing their clients pay rent and util­i­ties, buy gro­ceries and med­i­ca­tions, and pay other liv­ing ex­penses not cov­ered by other pro­grams.

This is the fourth year that P. Terry’s has do­nated a day’s prof­its to Sea­son for Car­ing and the third year it has been the busiest day for the burger joint. Since 2009, P. Terry’s has given Sea­son for Car­ing $56,944.

“It’s a won­der­ful time of the year,” P. Terry’s owner, Pa­trick Terry, said. “Not only do we feel it, we can tell our cus­tomers feel it.”

His wife, Kathy Terry, says they know that there are peo­ple who have never gone to P. Terry’s who come out

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