During halftime of the Wilmington Hammerheads soccer game on July 1, McDonald’s – through its “Big Macs for the Battleship” initiative- presented an $8,400 check to the U.S.S. North Carolina.
Big Macs for Battleship combined the efforts of 32 regional McDonald’s, as well as personal donations from owners/operators to donate 50 cents from every Big Mac sold at participating restaurants on May 23-25.
“We would like to thank you, the community, for helping restore the Battleship through the Big Macs for the Battleship promotion. Because of you, we were able to sell over 10,000 Big Macs,” said Karla Taylor, director of marketing representing the participating McDonald’s operators. “It is our honor to present the Battleship North Carolina with a check for $8,400 in help with her restoration. We are proud to be part of this historic endeavor to help preserve the Battleship for many more generations to come.”
In April, the “Generations Campaign” was launched in an effort to raise money for the $17 million project to repair the WWII battleship, which requires constructing a coffer dam to repair the hull where the ship currently is in the Cape Fear River.
According to a Terry Bragg, a representative of the battleship North Carolina, $11 million has been raised for the ship’s restoration fund.
“As a public-private partnership, we are on track with $11 million raised and pledged of our overall goal of $17 million,” said Bragg. “This $11 million includes $3.5 million from the state for cofferdam construction, as well as $3 million to fully fund the SECU Memorial Walkway.”
Bragg expects construction and restoration of the historic battleship to begin within the next year.
To show your support, text the word Battleship to the number 41444, visit battleshipnc.com and click the donate button.