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, 2018-06-26 10:22:30
Kings Burlington opened its doors to two Burlington charitable causes on Wednesday, June 20 when it hosted a special event at its brand-new retro arcade. The fundraiser donated 100 percent of the proceeds to Adopt-a-Class as well as to Dottie Yeadon, a Burlington Public School’s bus driver who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Adopt-a-Class is a program overseen by the Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation in which a local business or organization commits to working with a specific graduating class to raise funds from the time children are in kindergarten through their senior year of high school. A few years ago, Kings Burlington adopted the Class of 2027 and has been sponsoring them since.
King’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Doug Warner said that over the short time Kings has been located in Burlington, the business has been able to develop a strong relationship with the community.
“Having now opened in towns across the country, I can genuinely say that the Burlington community is beyond special and has welcomed our business and our people from day one,” Warner said. “We’ve formed so many meaningful relationships with the people of this town and with the addition of our new exciting 1Up Retrocade, we saw the opportunity to continue supporting the community that supports us.”
When Kings heard about Yeadon, a popular bus driver in the community who has driven generations of children to school and athletic events in Burlington, and her cancer diagnoses, it was decided that the fundraiser would evenly split the funds raised between the Class of 2027 and Yeadon.
“With this event, 100 percent of the proceeds will be split evenly between Adopt-a-Class: Class of 2027 and Dottie Yeadon, a staple of the Burlington community who has had such a positive impact on so many in town and is currently battling cancer,” Warner said. “It’s very rewarding for our team to be able to listen to the community’s needs and do our part to give back.”
During the fundraiser, Yeadon received a plaque from the Massachusetts House of Representatives that recognized her for “22 years of service as the most beloved bus driver in the town of Burlington.”
The 1Up Retrocade is the latest attraction at Kings Burlington, which also features 10-pin bowling, pool tables and a restaurant. The arcade officially opened last Monday and features classic arcade games such as Bubble Hockey, pinball, NBA Jam and more.
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