Scottsdale, northeast Phoenix McTeacher’s Night raises $9K

Scottsdale McTeacher's Night winner, Fireside Elementary. (submitted photo)

Scottsdale McTeacher’s Night winner, Fireside Elementary. Back row, from left is Fireside PTO president Courtney Sullivan, Principal Wendy Allen, McDonald’s general manager Christy Napolitano, Fireside PTO Family Night Out chair Rachel Williams and McDonald’s supervisor Chico Espinoza. Front row from left is Zoe Drachler, Kaelyn Fosberg, Lillian Carter, Spencer Janofsky, Cody Bates, Hailey Unseth. Not pictured Morgan Guinta. (submitted photo)

During October, Scottsdale and northeast Phoenix McDonald’s restaurants raised more than $9,000 for local elementary schools and organizations.

McDonald’s restaurants, owned by Jerry Wernau and Mark Kramer, hosted a month-long McTeacher’s Night Challenge fundraising event for 16 Scottsdale and Paradise Valley schools and organizations.

Fireside Elementary won the “McTeacher’s Night Challenge” and received $500 for first place, Liberty received $300 for second place and Indian Bend Elementary received $200 for third place, according to a press release.

As part of each McTeacher Night’s fundraiser, a portion of McDonald’s sales, during 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., benefited each school. School staff greeted the McDonald’s customers, served food, sold cookies and worked side by side with the McDonald’s staff.

During the past five years of hosting the McTeacher’s Night Challenge fundraiser, McDonald’s owners Mr. Wernau and Mr. Kramer have given more than $55,000 to Scottsdale and Paradise Valley schools, the release stated.

Mr. Wernau stated that another Scottsdale and Paradise Valley McTeacher’s Night Challenge fundraising event is planned for October 2016, in the release. Schools can register by calling Christy Napolitano at 602-469-1813 or e-mail:

“We are delighted to work with our local schools to raise money for education,” stated Mr. Wernau in the release. “We take great pride as local business owners in giving back to our community.”

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