TORONTO — St. Louis Bar & Grill locations across Canada are raising funds this October for Autism-Awareness Month.
“What started out as something small to support an employee whose son has autism has grown into a national effort across all of our restaurants,” says Brent Poulton, president, St. Louis Bar & Grill. “Today, each and every one of our franchisees are actively involved in helping raise awareness of autism and funds, with many restaurants going the extra mile with community fundraising events.”
For every Labatt pint sold, 50 cents will be donated. In addition, each location will be selling coupon cards for five dollars with the value equalling more than $30 in savings for guests. Then, in November, an online auction to raise more funds for the Shining Through Centre will be hosted. To date, St. Louis Bar & Grill has raised more than $2 million in support of Shining Through Centre.
“One in 66 Canadian children have an autism diagnosis, which means many of our employees or guests are either directly or indirectly affected,” says Poulton. “We feel there’s a real need to grow acceptance and understanding of the diagnosis that affects so many, as well as do what we can to help with educational programs for children ASD through fundraising.”
Based on region, fundraising efforts support various other organizations, including Autism Nova Scotia, Autism Resource Centre, Children at Risk and more.