New York Grilled Cheese Co. to fundraise for FAU’s OwlThon

The company will contribute 20 percent of its #NationalGrilledCheeseDay event proceeds to the university’s dance marathon charity.

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New York Grilled Cheese Co. to fundraise for FAU’s OwlThon

Photo courtesy of New York Grilled Cheese Co. Facebook page

Photo courtesy of New York Grilled Cheese Co. Facebook page

Photo courtesy of New York Grilled Cheese Co. Facebook page

Photo courtesy of New York Grilled Cheese Co. Facebook page

Ross Mellman, Contributing Writer

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New York Grilled Cheese Co. has become a popular hotspot known for its gooey waffle-pressed grilled cheese — and now it’s offering its grilled cheese for a good cause.

On National Grilled Cheese Day Wednesday, the company will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to FAU’s OwlThon, a dance marathon program benefitting the nonprofit organization Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

As a way to celebrate its one-year anniversary, as well as the National Grilled Cheese Day holiday, the company decided to participate in fundraising for OwlThon.

“We reached out to our fans, and asked them which charity they would want to see us fundraise for,” company founder Leor Barak said.

In its three years of existence, FAU’s OwlThon has raised $260,000 benefiting Gainesville-based Shands Children’s Hospital, one of the 170 member hospitals of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The FAU dance marathon charity, with similar charities present at over 350 universities across the nation, has become crucial in the funding of hospitals nationwide since its beginning in March 2014.

The money raised has been used to fund research, purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment and helped to to make children’s hospital stays as comfortable as possible.

Ross Mellman is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].