HAYS, KS -- A massive 68.29 tons of soft drinks and 5.37 tons of French fries were sold at the McDonald's of Hays, Russell and WaKeeney to generate more than $5,000 for the Children's Discovery Room at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
The fund raiser coincided with McDonald's "Disney Dinosaur" promotion. The movie Dinosaur made its premiere in Hays on May 18 at the Mall Cinema 8.
McDonald's, a sponsor of the Discovery Room, dedicated all sales of French fries and soft drinks from May 18 to June 12 toward the fund raiser. A grand total of $7,366.63 was raised through the sales. After taking out expenses, a $5,213.20 check will go to the Sternberg Museum.
Rick and Gail Kuehl, owners of McDonald's of Hays, Russell and WaKeeney, are strong supporters of the Children's Discovery Room.
"McDonald's founder Ray Kroc's philosophy was to 'give back to the communities where we do business.'
This philosophy is at the core of what we do as a company and contributes greatly to the overall McDonald's experience," Deana Rupp, director of marketing for Kuehl Operations, said. "For years, McDonald's has supported programs, which emphasize education and topics like literacy, safety, nutrition and science. The Discovery Room is an excellent opportunity to help provide an interactive, hands-on learning experience to the thousands of children that visit it."
The Discovery Room has also been a recipient of two Ronald McDonald House Charities grants in the past. In February 1994, a $60,000 grant was awarded to fund exhibit materials and in February 1999, a $5,500 grant was awarded to enhance the room's accessibility to people with disabilities and to provide more materials for the room.