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September 11, 2013

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DACC president works at McDonald's to raise funds

It’s not every day Danville Area Community College President Alice Marie Jacobs is seen working at a McDonald’s.

Tuesday, however, was one of those days.

Wearing a green DACC polo shirt, Jacobs greeted guests to the new Neighborhood McDonald’s, at the corner of Main Street and Bowman Avenue. The new eatery features DACC, Cannon Elementary School and the Veteran Affairs Illiana Health Care System.

“The Witzels have become a dependable partner for Danville Area Community College,” Jacobs said. “Their beautiful new Neighborhood McDonald’s promotes the college and our neighbors with its lovely décor, and the Witzel family has invested in the college’s new initiative in Hoopeston with both financial and promotional support. We wanted to demonstrate our appreciation of their efforts with more than mere words.”

As part of a grand opening celebration this week, McDonald’s sponsored McPresident’s Day during the lunch and dinner hours on Tuesday. Jacobs worked alongside college faculty and staff to show appreciation to Don and Deanna Witzel, who own the Vermilion County McDonald’s restaurants, for their support of the college as well as raise funds for the DACC Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund. A total of 25 DACC employees worked during the two shifts.

“We have people in the drive-up and people making fries,” Tracy Wahlfeldt, executive director of the DACC Foundation, said.

One of those in charge of frying the fries was Laura Williams, director of adult education at DACC. Williams manned the fryer while Emily Alexander, a DACC administrative assistant, bagged the fries.

“I have a much better appreciation of french fry fryers. You have to have the timing down just right,” Williams said.

“We were frying from the moment we got there until we left,” she said after the lunch shift.

During the McPresident’s Day serving hours, 20 percent of the total sales were donated to the DACC Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund. The fund provides one-time grants to students who are at risk of dropping out of their education due to desperate financial situations.

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