|Natalie Simmonds, left, marketing manager, Simmonds Restaurant Management, Inc., presents a $200,000 check to Ken Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, along with Megan Bratetic, marketing coordinator, Simmonds Restaurant Management, Inc.|
Each July, the month-long campaign raises money for pediatric cancer research at Simmonds Restaurant Management (SRM) Burger King locations. The campaign has grown to include more than 70 Burger King locations in the greater Omaha and Des Moines areas.
"BK Beat Cancer for Kids is such a great way to get the community involved in raising awareness and funds for cancer research and treatment," said Natalie Simmonds, marketing manager, Simmonds Restaurant Management, Inc. "Our Burger King staff and customers are so committed to this program and its success."
Since the campaign's start in 2004, BK Beat Cancer for Kids has raised $340,000 to help researchers at UNMC discover better ways to diagnose and treat pediatric cancer.
Ken Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, praised the partnership with Burger King. "In discovering new cancer treatments, it's critical that we have partners like Burger King to help raise funds for cancer research," he said. "Their commitment to Beat Cancer for Kids continues to grow. We couldn't be more appreciative of the investment of time and resources they put into the campaign and to helping reach people with an important message."
|From left: K. Paul Jensen of Southwest Airlines in Omaha, presents the grand prize to winner Candice Wolfe of Cheyenne, Wyo., along with Natalie Simmonds, marketing manager, Simmonds Restaurant Management, Inc., and Megan Bratetic, marketing coordinator, Simmonds Restaurant Management, Inc.|
Candice Wolfe of Cheyenne, Wyo., was the 2006 grand prizewinner. Wolfe initially thought redeeming an Omaha-based prize seemed unlikely and then discovered she'd won after purchasing the ticket at the Cornhusker Burger King in Bellevue.
Wolfe said her mother didn't believe she'd won the trip. "My mom said I was lying and hung up the phone," Wolfe said. "Finally, my grandmother and brother believed me."
In addition to Burger King and Southwest Airlines, other sponsors in Omaha include KPTM Fox 42 television, Star 104.5, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton University, Lozier IMAX Theatre, Scooters Coffeehouse, Best Buy, Bozell & Jacobs and ArtFac Graphics. Des Moines sponsors include KPWB television and Jordan Creek Century 20 Theatres.