McDonald’s Saipan on Friday gave $2,500 to one of its favorite non-profit organizations in the CNMI, the American Red Cross-NMI Chapter.
Joe Ayuyu, the fastfood franchise’s president, said if there’s any organization in the Commonwealth that McDonald’s Saipan is always ready to help, it’s the Red Cross.
“You look around us today, we’re having some kind of bad weather and, if it ever becomes a typhoon, these are the guys that you have to go to for assistance. I’m very, very humbled and grateful that the Red Cross is giving us an opportunity to help them out. Our donation of $2,500 may be small but I think it will go a long way,” said Ayuyu.
John Hirsh, executive director of the local chapter of the Red Cross, thanked Ayuyu, his family, and his businesses for again donating handsomely to the Red Cross.
“We’re honored really that McDonald’s Saipan has again chosen the Red Cross as one of the organizations on the island that they support,” Hirsh said. “We really have a long history of working with the Ayuyus and trying to collaborate with that [American Red Cross] Walkathon event and the Club 200 and they’ve just been an integral part of our success here. That’s why we’re always grateful.”
ARC-NMI Chapter board member Larry Lee said if there’s a business or agency on island that is always a sure bet to support the Red Cross, it’s McDonald’s Saipan.
“We’re so happy and grateful. McDonald’s Saipan is always there to support us. No hesitation whatsoever,” said Lee, who has been a Red Cross volunteer for more than 20 years.
Also present during Friday’s check presentation at the restaurant’s Middle Road branch were McDonald’s Saipan general manager Marcia Ayuyu and ARC-NMI board member Nola Hix.
1K expected for Club 200
Hirsh said all is set for this Saturday’s Club 200, which is doubly special because it not only celebrates the 25th anniversary of the event but also commemorates the local chapter’s 35th anniversary.
“This year is particularly a milestone because it’s the 25th anniversary of the Club 200. The first one was on Managaha Island and 35th anniversary last Oct. 9 of the founding of the chapter.”
He said that ticket sales for Club 200 are doing quite well and he expects more 1,000 people to take part in the CNMI’s biggest party of the year.
“We’re very fortunate with our corporate donors this year and the community seems to be very enthusiastic to come out to support our ‘Salute to Service’ theme. This year’s theme is all about paying tribute to our service members, men and women in uniform and really everybody who is out there helping people in the community like firefighters, doctors, teachers, and businesses…”
The 2013 Club 200 is set for Oct. 19 at the poolside of the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan. Doors open at 6pm.
Tickets are for $100 and give holders a chance to win the Club 200’s grand prize worth $15,000.
Last year, the ARC-NMI Chapter raised in excess of $100,000 during its Club 200, which had a “Wild West” theme.