Dunkin’ Donuts and Rich Family Foundation Honor History of National Donut Day | Business
Today, Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF) celebrated National Donut Day with Rich Family Foundation in support of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army founded National Donut Day in 1938 to pay tribute to “Donut Lassies”, female volunteers, who provided donuts, for soldiers on front lines in WWI.
The two philanthropic foundations came together to sponsor an event at Rich Product’s Customer Solution Studio to support the mission of The Salvation Army in a fun way. Students from the nearby West Buffalo Charter School were invited to take part in “sweet” contests and creative donut decorating as they learned the importance of giving back to their community through an educational magic show put on by one of Rich’s culinary chefs with help from The Salvation Army.
“The history behind the holiday established the donut as an endearing symbol of the services The Salvation Army continues to provide,” said Abbey Celeste, Dunkin’ Donuts associate field marketing manager. “Dunkin’ Donuts, Rich Products and The Salvation Army are all linked not only by that symbol but also by our involvement in communities nationwide.”
“We love that we were able to honor the origins of National Donut Day in such a fun and meaningful way, bringing together so many people to learn about community, history and philanthropy,” said Major Thomas Applin, executive director of The Salvation Army of Buffalo. “Today’s support will go a long way in helping us achieve our mission to positively affect the lives of people in this community.”
During the event, Rich’s associates also gathered to enjoy coffee and donuts and to celebrate the longstanding partnership between DDBRCF and Rich Family Foundation. The DDBRCF recently announced that Rich Family Foundation was named one of six Platinum Partners, representing the highest level of DDBRCF sponsorship available, and encompassing both cash and in-kind contributions from its community-minded company.
“We are proud to enhance our partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation in a joint effort to support the Buffalo Salvation Army,” said Alvino Battistoni, director of sales at Rich Products. “Our company and associates are extremely active in charitable initiatives, especially on the West Side, so we were excited some students from the West Buffalo Charter School could participate in the fun of National Donut Day with us.”
The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles were placed in locations across the Rich’s campus this past week as yet another way to assist the esteemed charitable organization. All proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army of Buffalo’s Temple Corps. located on Grant Street near Auburn Avenue.
To round out National Donut Day, Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Buffalo are offering guests a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage.