McDonald’s readies array of treats for anniversary shindig


It’s definitely going to be a big shindig this Saturday at McDonald’s main branch in Chalan Lau Lau, with special activities that are sure to delight the young and old who will take part in the 30th anniversary celebration of McDonald’s of Saipan.

Jewel Cubangbang, marketing assistant for McDonald’s of Saipan, said the anniversary event will last from 2pm until 8pm and will include activities such as kiddie games, cake tasting (courtesy of Herman’s Bakery), and smoothie sampling featuring the Mango Pineapple smoothie, compliments of McDonald’s.

A good bargain that will be available exclusively from 2pm until 8pm this Saturday is McDonald’s specially prized six-piece chicken nuggets or a cheeseburger for only $1.30—only at the store’s Chalan Lau Lau branch.

Aside from a cultural performance by Te Ivi Maori, another highlight of the evening’s event are the local performers featuring talents from nine Saipan schools. Cubangbang said McDonald’s is happy to showcase the student performances, which the young participants will always remember with fondness.

The Ayuyu family, represented by Joe Ayuyu Jr., McDonald’s of Guam and Saipan vice president, and his mother, Marcia Ayuyu, vice president of McDonald’s of Saipan, are expected to deliver their messages of thanks for the support their family and their restaurants have received in the past 30 years from local vendors and the community.

Planning for this Saturday’s anniversary event took three months and Cubangbang said they wanted to pay homage to the CNMI children when they were planning this year’s event. Part of McDonald’s of Saipan team’s goal was “to show appreciation to the local community, which has supported McDonald’s for the 30 years that they have been a part of the local landscape.

Another big part of this year’s anniversary is the fundraising event called “Raise the Race.”  Cubangbang said the 17-day fundraiser, which began on March 1 and will end on March 17, will benefit the CNMI Public School System elementary schools. This fundraiser, which was first offered in 2013 in time for McDonald’s of Saipan’s 20th anniversary, is being revived this year. McDonald’s diners who spend $15 minimum on their receipt are eligible to help support the school of their choice. The three schools that raise the most amount of money will get up to $5,000.

TERI M. FLORES, Correspondent
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