Press release provided by Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern

TRAVERSE CITY: Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, home of the Great American Cheeseburger, is hosting the Hearts & Holiday Event benefitting the Father Fred Foundation on Thursday, December 8 from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. at its Traverse City location.

Bagger Dave’s and its partners are coming together for an entire day of specials, samples and giveaways. A portion of all Bagger Dave’s sales from the day will be donated to the foundation, and any guest who brings a food, winter wear or monetary donation will receive a $10 Bagger Dave’s gift card and other giveaways.

Throughout the day, Short’s Brewing Company will be featuring specialty beers including rare and pub-only brews. For every Short’s beer sold, they will donate $1 to the foundation.

There will be free face-painting for kids from 5–6 p.m. and Ashby’s ice cream samples.

“Bagger Dave’s is grateful to have such generous partners and guests who are helping make a positive impact on all of the communities that the Father Fred Foundation serves,” says Michael Ansley, CEO and President of Bagger Dave’s.

Additional participating partners include Gordon Food Service, Onion Crock, Michigan Bread, Wolverine, L. Mawby and Allegra.

To find out more on The Father Fred Foundation ideal donation list, visit

About Father Fred Foundation
Since 1989, The Father Fred Foundation has been helping individuals and families with their essential immediate needs: nourishing food on the table, keeping heat and lights on, needed work shoes, children’s boots and clothing, or a table or bed when the necessities of home are unaffordable. Above all, the organization works to nurture hope when all else seems hopeless.

Serving five local counties (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska), the organization provides its services for free and does not use any state or federal aid. Every week a dedicated team of volunteers and a small staff are the hands and hearts of Father Fred.

About Bagger Dave’s
Founded in 2008, Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern has taken the neighborhood bar and has literally “beefed” it up. Their chefs have created a burgerlicious natural Prime Rib Recipe burger, and paired it with a seemingly endless selection of local craft beers, wines and signature cocktails to appeal to grownup tastes.

And would a standard old potato do for Bagger Dave’s friends? We think not. Only hand-cut fries, made from a proprietary potato can accompany a burger this F-I-N-E. Don’t skinny dip … enjoy one of Bagger Dave’s nine custom-made dipping sauces. Other drool-worthy grub on the menu includes a veggie black bean burger, all-natural turkey burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes.

If you don’t live close to one of Bagger Dave’s 19 neighborhood locations, you really should consider moving. Serious burger lovers can also order and pay from the palm of their hands with the Bagger Bucks App, and benefit from its Loyalty Program, which is not only easy, but also saves big so you can buy even more burgers and beer. Headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, the company has restaurants across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Visit for complete location and menu info.

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