Culver’s of Taylor to “Scoop for Hearts!” on August 25

Philanthropy probably never tasted this good: Simply enjoy a scoop of frozen custard -- or any other Culver’s menu item --  from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25, and you’ll be supporting the first annual “Scoop for Hearts!” fund-raising event. The Taylor Culver’s at 14800 Racho Road will donate 10 percent of sales to The Children’s Heart Foundation, a national not-for-profit organization benefiting children born with congenital heart defects.

The Taylor restaurant has teamed up with Culver’s of Clarkston, Michigan, to raise money for the foundation during the last week in August. The inspiration for the fundraiser is 2-year-old Samuel Powers, the son of Kevin Powers, an owner/operator at the Clarkston location. Samuel was born with a heart defect called aortic stenosis -- just one of more than 40 different types of congenital heart defects. The defect required that Samuel receive life-saving open heart surgery at three months of age.

There are 40,000 babies like Samuel born each year, as congenital heart defects are the number one and most fatal birth defect in the United States. Every 15 minutes a child is born with a heart defect. However, thousands do not reach their first birthday or adulthood. Given the prevalence of the disease, research is grossly under-funded.

To help change that, The Children’s Heart Foundation (www.childrensheartfoundation.org) organized in 1996. Today, the organization is the country’s leader in funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. The foundation has helped to raise more than $3.7 million for breakthrough research across the country.

Kevin and his wife Sally hope that the two stores’ fund-raising initiatives will help launch the first Michigan chapter of The Children’s Heart Foundation. Currently, there are eight states with chapters. Michael Brookshire, operator of Culver’s of Taylor, was quick to jump on board when approached with the idea.

“Culver’s and I believe in our communities," Brookshire said, "and if we have the opportunity to help change the lives of even one family, it’s what we do.”

Culver’s of Taylor invites the public to enjoy a day of community, food and giving for this important cause. For more information, please visit www.scoopforhearts.com or call Culver’s of Taylor at (734) 287-3308.

Culver’s restaurants are independently owned and operated in over 400 locations across the United States. A Day of Giving has become one of Culver's and its franchise partners' major outlets for serving the community. Additional information on Culver’s may be found at www.culvers.com.