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Freight House to host ACT fundraiser Thursday

Cary Ashby • Sep 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The Freight House Grill & Pub is doing its part to support the recent hurricane victims.

Money from Thursday’s fundraiser will go directly to Answering the Call Together Inc., a Christian-based mission group.

“It is 10 percent of our entire sales for the entire day. My servers were wiling to give 10 percent of their tips as well,” said Jen Hicks, Freight House manager.

Zach McCoy, of The Real McCoys, will perform on the patio starting at 6 p.m.

“He is volunteering his time. His fiancee Katie (Chaffee) works for us and she’s volunteering her time,” Hicks said. “I’m beyond grateful. … I just want to give a huge thank-you to Zach.”

Freight House is selling its Tex Mex burger for $5, which includes french fries. The eight-ounce patty is topped with pico de Gallo, lettuce, pepper jack cheese and spicy sriracha sauce between two hot, flour tortilla shells.

“We are promoting our Tex Mex burger in honor of Texas,” Hicks said.

Also on special Thursday will be the ribs special for $12.99.

Cliff Weber, of Pat O’Brien Chevrolet Buick, has donated free oil changes, which will be handed out to various customers Thursday. One of the prizes will be Freight House bottle openers on key chains.

Freight House co-owner Hans Hoffman designed a T-shirt that his staff members will wear. His son Justin printed the shirts.

“We may have a few extras to sell,” Hicks said.

The Freight House manager was asked how the fundraiser came about.

“When the hurricane came about and Texas was (pretty much) destroyed, I thought maybe ACT was doing something,” she said.

Hicks learned from ACT Executive Director Dave Wallace and a mission team were leaving soon, but was unable to go.

“It just transpired from there. Since I couldn’t do anything about going to Texas, I wanted to do something here,” she added.

Hicks put the fundraiser idea past her boss, Hoffman.

“He said it was a great idea. He was all for it. I said we could get T-shirts made,” Hicks said. “Hans came up with an awesome design.”

The Freight House staff members have been enthusiastic about working during Thursday’s fundraiser.

“They all want to work that day. I had to split it up between the day and night shift,” Hicks said. 

“Everyone wanted to be a part of it. We are all a family here at Freight House; that’s what makes us shine.”

Freight House is located at 50 N. Prospect St., next to the Norwalk Reflector.

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