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IC School and McSoifer Family McDonald’s team up to break fundraising record

  • IC students Payton Hadley (left), Isabel Crawford (middle) and Mya Rimrod (right) present a check from the Soifer Family McDonald's for the McTeacher Night fundraiser that was held at the Charles City restaurant last Monday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • IC students pound the gym floor to create a "drum roll" as the check for McTeacher's Night is presented on Monday in the gymnasium in Charles City. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Lisa Soifer (left), along with IC students Payton Hadley (left), Isabel Crawford (middle) and Mya Rimrod (right) present a check from the Soifer Family McDonald's for the McTeacher Night fundraiser that was held at the Charles City restaurant last Monday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

By Kelly Terpstra, kterpstra@charlescitypress.com

Applause and thank-yous reverberated throughout the Immaculate Conception School’s gymnasium on Monday afternoon.

The excitement came as the Soifer Family McDonald’s in Charles City and IC School teamed up to break a record last Monday during McTeacher Night.

The big check that was cut and presented by Lisa Soifer in front of students and teachers was for $1,173, generated through the fundraiser that will go toward helping out with costs associated with student field trips and STEM activities at IC.

“Thank you to all of you that came out last Monday night. Thank you to the teachers for working. Thank you to the community for supporting IC School,” said Soifer, who is co-owner of McSoifers Inc. alongside her husband, Scott.

The amount of money raised at the local event is the largest among McTeacher Nights held at Soifer Family McDonald’s, according to regional marketing director Emily Garden.

“We were just thrilled to see the support that the community showed for IC,” said Garden. “They had so much fun with it and they worked so hard. And they greeted everyone that came in by name and they just had a blast and it shows with their numbers.”

Twenty percent of food sales and 100 percent of proceeds garnered from the sale of cookies was donated to the school.

“We threw a ton of cookies at them last second. We said, ‘I don’t know, but we hope you can sell these. Here’s a challenge,’” said Garden. “We told them to cheer every time they sold some and they did not back down from the challenge.”

The amount raised was a surprise to everyone at IC, including Principal Laurie Field.

“I had no idea that it’d be that much,” said Field. “Almost everybody jumps in and helps.”

The Soifers own 12 McDonald’s restaurants in northeast and north central Iowa, including the ones in Charles City and New Hampton.

Field said the school also raised $1,076 through donations and raffle tickets at the school’s talent show and pasta dinner last Friday. That amount was also a record.

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