Wendy herself is coming to town.
Wendy Thomas, who inspired the name of the Wendy’s hamburger chain, will take part in the annual Wendy’s Dreamlift Day in the Okanagan Jan. 25.
“It’s going to be exciting,” said Akbal Mund, partner with Inland Restaurants, which owns the Wendy’s in the Thompson-Okanagan, including Vernon.
“How often do you get such a high-profile person coming to town?”
Thomas is the daughter of the late Dave Thomas, the founder of the company. She currently owns a number of restaurants in Columbus, Ohio and is appearing in television advertisements for the chain.
Details of Thomas’ visit are still being determined, but the goal is to have her visit all of the communities that have Wendy’s restaurants.
Wendy’s Dreamlift Day is an annual fundraiser so the Sunshine the Foundation can send 80 kids with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses to Disneyland.
All of the proceeds from the day’s sales, as well as restaurant staff, management and owner’s wages are donated.
Inland Restaurants is the only franchise within the Wendy’s corporation that holds such a fundraiser.
Mund believes Thomas’ visit is a corporate recognition of the generosity of Inland Restaurants and residents of the Thompson-Okanagan region.
“Wendy is coming up here to take a look at our program,” he said.
“It will be interesting to see what she thinks. I know she will be blown away.”