Submitted by Ginny Richardson Public Relations
Uniformed officers from the Vernon Hills Police Department served Tom & Eddie's customers on Saturday, Sept. 1, as part of a fundraiser titled "Burgers & Badges" at Tom & Eddie's Vernon Hills, 1260 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Tom & Eddie's raised $2,500 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics Illinois, which includes 10 percent of Tom & Eddie's net sales for the day.
In addition, Sept. 1 was the first anniversary for the Vernon Hills location. In celebration, a magician entertained diners in Vernon Hills, all locations offered customers double loyalty points on Tom & Eddie's Loyalty Cards and a free birthday entree was provided to anyone whose birthday was Sept. 1.
On the same day, raffle tickets were sold to win a 2013 Harley-Davidson. In October, six winners' names will be drawn, and the six will be invited to Special Olympics headquarters in Bloomington where each will be given a key. Only one key will start the Harley. The other five winners will receive 50-inch big screen TVs worth $1,000 each.
"Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 for the Special Olympics," said Tom Dentice, co-founder of Tom & Eddie's. "Already we are at the halfway mark with a combined total of $5,000 from the Geneva and Vernon Hills fundraisers. At this pace, we're excited to meet the goal."
Commitment to the community is important to Tom & Eddie's co-founders Ed Rensi and Dentice. Since August 2010, Tom & Eddie's has donated more than $55,000 to its local charity partners.
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