Burger lovers, rejoice. At restaurants across the community this month, there will be a host of special new burgers to try out, while supporting a good cause.
More than 20 Sudbury restaurants will be participating in Burger Wars throughout August. Each restaurant will feature a unique burger on its menu for the event. Burger lovers will have until the end of the month to try as many burgers as they like, then vote on their favourites.
One dollar from every burger sold will be donated to the Northern Cancer Foundation, which supports local cancer care and research.
This is the second iteration of the event, which took place for the first time in 2019.
Mitch Spiegel, the event’s key organizer, was the one who originally proposed the idea after seeing how successful it was in Wolfville, N.S.,
“Some year ago, I was visiting my daughter and every restaurant had a sign saying ‘burger wars,’” he said. “Well, I was there for four days and I think I had eight hamburgers.”
Spiegel said he was inspired to bring the idea to Sudbury as a fun way for the community to support the hospital’s fundraising efforts.
“I thought it was a superb idea,” he said. “The restaurants and charities benefit and the general population have a chance to have some fun.”
He added that “cancer research is near and dear to my heart, and to a lot of people in this city. It’s a win-win for everybody.”
This year’s event is hoping to emulate the success they enjoyed in 2019, which raised funds for the NEO Kids Foundation, said Yolanda Thibeault, manager of community engagement and events for the Northern Cancer Foundation.
“We haven’t been able to do it again because of COVID,” she said “But it was very successful and we managed to raise over $7,000. Burgers are just one of those home hearty meals that everyone enjoys, so we’re hoping to see that same success this year.”
Fundraisers like these are essential to supporting the work that organizations like Northern Cancer Foundation do, said Anthony Keating, president of Foundations and Volunteer Groups at Health Sciences North.
While fundraising during the pandemic has been a challenge, he said the community has been very supportive of the fundraising efforts of the foundations.
“Last year was the best fundraising year that we’ve ever had among our three foundations,” said Keating. “That really is a testament to the community of Sudbury. People really want to support our frontline health care workers and show their gratitude by supporting our organizations.”
Burger Wars will be taking place throughout August at participating restaurants across the city. A full list of participants can be found at www.sudburyburgerwars.com/participating-restaurants. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Northern Cancer Foundation.
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Mia Jensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star