Arby's Charity Tour Nets $100,000 for Local Big Brothers & Big Sisters in Five Days

Vikings' Ed McDaniel Gives "Littles" VIP Treatment

Aug 31, 1998, 01:00 ET from Arby's

    MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Minnesota Viking Ed
 McDaniel accepted a check for $100,000 on behalf of Big Brothers & Big Sisters
 Thursday afternoon at Winter Park.  The money was raised over the past five
 days by the first-ever Arby's Charity Tour and surpassed Arby's goal of
 raising $60,000.  The tour is a traveling series of golf tournaments and other
 fund-raising events being held across the country to raise money for
 children's charities.  Minnesota marked the fifth stop on the tour.
     A group of "Littles" from Big Brothers & Big Sisters rode to the check
 presentation in the Arby's Charity Tour Bus, a mammoth, state-of-the-art
 cruiser that has become the centerpiece of the national tour.  After watching
 Vikings practice, each "Little" got to meet Ed McDaniel.
     "The Minnesota stop on the tour was a bigger success than we dared to
 dream," said Nancy Krasean, vice president of marketing for Franchise
 Associates, Inc., the exclusive Minnesota franchisee of Arby's restaurants.
 "It's so gratifying knowing this money will benefit good kids in our area who
 just need a little guidance.  We have a long history with local Big Brothers &
 Big Sisters and we've seen first-hand what a difference this organization
 makes in the lives of Minnesota children."
     The Arby's Charity Tour Bus made appearances throughout the state from
 last Wednesday through today.  A dinner, auction and golf tournament raised
 $100,000 for Big Brothers & Big Sisters chapters in Minneapolis, St. Paul and
 Owatonna.  The goal of the nationwide tour is to raise $1 million for Big
 Brothers & Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs and The Arby's Foundation.
     The Minnesota tour stop culminated with the Arby's Charity Golf Tournament
 today at Hazeltine National Golf Club.  A field of 144 local amateur golfers
 hit the fairways to raise money for local Big Brothers & Big Sisters.
     Minnesota Arby's and Arby's-Sbarro restaurants are long-time supporters of
 Big Brothers & Big Sisters.  Big Brothers & Big Sisters exists to strengthen
 the single-parent family by providing one-to-one professionally supported
 relationships for children who need additional positive adult role models to
 enrich their lives.