TICONDEROGA - People who drove by the Ticonderoga McDonald's June 8 may have thought it was giving away food. The parking lot was full and the line for the drive thru was long. The lines inside the building were to the door.
That is how successful the McTeacher's Night fundraiser proved to be. The event benefitted the Ticonderoga Parent-Teacher Organization playground fund.
Scott Hearburg, owner of McDonald's, donated 100 percent of the proceeds made from 4:30-7 p.m. to the playground fund. During that time Ticonderoga teachers worked cooking, cleaning and serving customers.
Hearburg wanted to break a record for the most money ever made for a McTeacher's Night - his goal was to raise $4,000. A total of $4,700 was raised and with another $300 donated in cash.
"Teacher's had a blast making French fries, hamburgers, frappes, and McNuggets," teacher Michele Eicher said. "They worked the drive thru, cleaned tables, welcomed customers and were doing it for a great cause, a new playground for their students."
Children were lined up to get Ronald McDonald's autograph and the radio station, 92.1 broadcast live inside McDonald's.
"It was an incredible community event," Eicher said. "It just warmed your heart to see a community come together for a great cause."