Restaurant Holds Fundraiser for Potentials Foundation, Educating Public on Primordial Dwarfism
As Guest Experience Director, Luke Johnson is in charge of focusing on the customers in the Towne Square Chick-fil-A in Garner, N.C., helping them to feel like part of the family. On an evening this spring, he got a taste of what that actually means.
The Restaurant raised $2,500 in an evening of fun in honor of Luke’s son, 3-year-old Landen, and to help families affected by Primordial Dwarfism (PD), a rare form of dwarfism that results in small body size in all stages of life, even from before birth.
“Luke is part of our family,” says Rachel Ward, Restaurant Marketing Director. “We know there are a lot of bills, and we wanted to help in any way we could. But he didn’t want to take it all for Landen, because there are others out there affected by this.”
So, the fundraiser also became a way to educate the public about the condition. Proceeds were directed to the Potentials Foundation, which funds research and helps families affected by PD. From 5 to 8 p.m. on a recent cool spring evening, a few hundred people came out to enjoy a bounce house, an outdoor bowling alley, games, clowns, a DJ, and, of course, the Cows. Nearby businesses also donated jewelry, perfume, and other goodies for a silent auction.
“It was a like a big family reunion,” Ward says. “Everybody is connected in some way.”
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