December 04, 2017
On Wednesday, December 6, Flavorholics across the U.S. will line up around the block to get five free boneless wings at any Wing Zone® location. The free boneless day serves as a promotion of the company’s newest flavor, Korean Q, as well as a way to bring attention to the Ben Abercrombie Fund and #StandUpForBen campaign. The fund and campaign were created by family and friends of Ben Abercrombie, the son of Wing Zone franchisee Marty Abercrombie, who was paralyzed while playing football as a freshman at Harvard University. The fund aids in realizing Ben and the Abercrombie family’s dream that he’ll one day walk again.
“Our franchisees come first at Wing Zone and when we heard about Ben’s injury and the impact this was having on Marty and his family, we banded together to come up with a way to help support them while also giving back to our Flavorholics in the middle of the holiday season,” said Matt Friedman, co-founder and CEO of Wing Zone. “We hope our guests enjoy the new Korean Q flavor, but that they’ll also stand with us in our effort to ‘Stand Up for Ben’ and help us support the Abercrombie family during their time of need.”
During the campaign, Wing Zone will donate $1 for every five free wings provided to guests on December 6 to the Ben Abercrombie Fund. Guests will also have the opportunity to donate any amount directly to the Ben Abercrombie Fund or The Benson M. Abercrombie ’21 Fund, a fund set up by the Harvard Varsity Club to support the family and the families of any other Harvard athletes who suffer catastrophic injuries while enrolled at the university.
“I really appreciate what Wing Zone is doing to help support Ben and our family,” said Marty Abercrombie, a Wing Zone franchisee with locations in Hoover and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “We are working to cover costs like home renovations, a van, and different technology to help Ben live a normal life. We’re hoping for longer term recovery but preparing for him to get back into school and do the things that a normal 18-year-old does.”
Ben Abercrombie was a standout athlete and student at Hoover High School. He was recruited to play football at Harvard University and received an academic scholarship. Tragically, Abercrombie was paralyzed from the neck down during a play in his very first collegiate game as a safety…