Fort McMurray, AB – Western Restaurant Franchise Inc., A&W Fort McMurray Franchisee raised $2,500 for the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre (NAFC) during the inaugural Burgers for Friendship event on May 5.

“We can’t thank A&W and their wonderful teams enough for their support on our fundraiser,” said NAFC’s Executive Director Stacy Gillingham. “We appreciate all the community support and efforts made to raise awareness on such an important day. We are excited to work with A&W to make this opportunity an annual fundraiser.”

Fort McMurray’s A&W locations teamed up with NAFC on the National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S+ to raise funding support for the Centre’s community programs and services. Marie Dejon-Cruz, Area Manager – Fort McMurray Region of Western Restaurant Franchises Inc., said they plan to continue making the Burgers for Friendship event an annual initiative.

“We hope to do this every year going forward. Everyone was moved by the event and thought it was both timely and gratifying to have a small impact on such a tragic and important initiative.”

NAFC representatives gathered at A&W’s downtown location on Franklin Avenue with community ambassadors, businesses and organizations. Prestige Jewellers donated $2,000 in jewellery for a raffle draw to support the cause and event.

Special thanks to Fort McMurray Public School Division teacher Brooke McMillan and the students of Holy Trinity Catholic High School’s culinary arts program for raising $450 through their Red Dress cookie bake sale.

To learn more about the programs and services available at the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre, visit