This summer, Holy Cow Del Ray celebrated their 400,000th burger -- raising over $100,000 for area non-profits. The award-winning burger joint donates 25¢ of every burger sold to local non-profits through ACT for Alexandria.
"Holy Cow is leading the way in how businesses can support and be a part of the community," said Heather Peeler, President and Chief Executive Officer of ACT for Alexandria. "This has been a great way to involve the entire community at a beloved Del Ray restaurant."
After ordering a burger, customers are given a second "menu" -- a list of 233 local non-profits -- to choose where the quarter will be donated. The list includes organizations that assist those in need, animal welfare organizations, schools, community groups, arts organizations, and much more. This program has been in place since Holy Cow opened its doors in November 2012.
"We never thought a few quarters could make such a big difference," said "Mango" Mike Anderson, the owner of Homegrown Restaurant Group. "We're always glad to support the Alexandria community."
Top 10 Grant Recipients
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria $11,061.00
Carpenter's Shelter $4,305.50
Center for Alexandria's Children $2,298.50
Mt. Vernon Community School $1,977.25
King Street Cats $1,512.75
Bethany House of Northern Virginia $1,345.25
St. Rita School $1,208.75
Alexandria Soccer Association $1,180.25
Alexandria Police Foundation $1,138.50
"This epitomizes what is Alexandria -- such amazing local flavor, and letting people choose what matters to them," said Betsy Micklem, Director of Development for ACT for Alexandria, noting the wide diversity of organizations supported.
Homegrown Restaurant Group includes Holy Cow, the sushi bar, and Pork Barrel BBQ in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. The group received the 2018 "Heart of Del Ray," as voted by the community, in recognition for their service to Del Ray.