Local restaurant holds charity promotion during NCAA basketball tournament.
Few sporting events create the amount of buzz and excitement that the NCAA Men’s Division One Basketball Tournament does. With brackets filled out, people will flock to TVs in their living room, their phones or restaurants to see if their selections will win it all. Taking the excitement and turning it into a good cause is Rock Elm at The Grove. Holding its March Madness promotion, customers can get a signature burger and a beer for just $15 from March 15 through April 4.
This year’s March Madness menu spotlight features a signature smash burger with onions mixed inside the meat, topped with white American cheese, mustard sauce, house-made pickles and crisp lettuce. “The bottom line is, it’s really good,” co-owner Troy Reding says.
As if sports, tasty food and good camaraderie weren’t enough, Rock Elm donates $5 for every burger and beer sold from this promotion to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund. “We’re excited to be picking this back up after a year off due to COVID-19,” Reding says. “It’s a great organization and a great cause.”
Founded in 2003 by KARE-11 news anchor Randy Shaver, the Cancer Research and Community Fund was created to ensure the money raised from its annual Celebrity Golf Classic would be allocated to research and local cancer-related projects. The fund raises money to provide grants to cancer research centers, doctors and organizations. Some beneficiaries include doctors at the University of Minnesota, the Indy Foundation and the Breast Cancer Education Association. Per the fund’s website, the grants are spent on technology and tools to enhance early detection of cancer, new programs promoting research to prevent relapse and initiatives that enhance the lives of Minnesota’s cancer community through aid and assistance. “One researcher is working on using salmonella to knock out solid tumors,” says Roseann Giovanatto-Shaver, the executive director of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.
Giovanatto-Shaver was looking for another restaurant to team up with when someone she worked closely with from Culver’s recommended Reding and Rock Elm. The rest is history. “Reding has also supported Tackle Cancer in Maple Grove,” Giovanatto-Shaver says about his involvement. “It’s very nice to work with a local restaurant owner who supports their community.”
For more information, visit randyshavercancerfund.com.