Sumter’s first Moe’s Southwest Grill opened in April, and the new restaurant is already contributing to the community with more than just food.
Moe’s recently donated $7,329 to Shaw Air Force Base Youth Programs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping provide for the educational, social and emotional needs of youth whose parents are stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. The donation included all proceeds raised from the restaurant’s grand opening fundraiser on April 8.
Shaw Air Force Base Youth Programs serves youth ages 5 to 18. The organization’s school-age program is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA). In addition to the school-age program, Shaw Air Force Base Youth Programs offers seasonal camps, recreation programs, family events and league sports throughout the year. The organization also offers programs to help youth successfully adjust when they move from one military base to another or when a parent is deployed. Shaw Youth Programs’ mission is to enable all youth to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Chris Smith and Steven Taylor, the Sumter Moe’s franchise owners, selected Shaw Air Force Base Youth Programs as their charity of choice when they were finalizing grand opening plans for the Sumter location. When the restaurant’s opening date was set for April, the pair welcomed the opportunity to honor the Month of the Military Child.
“Since Shaw Air Force Base is such an integral part of this community, we are really excited to welcome Shaw Youth Programs as our charitable partner.” said Smith. “The money we raised is a result of the incredible generosity of the people of Sumter, and we hope it will have a lasting impact on the work that Shaw Youth Programs does to support military children.”