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Auntie Anne's Pretzels to save the day

Kaicie Boeglin


Photo by Kaicie Boeglin

Warwick, R.I. Auntie Anne's pretzels are not just known for their impeccable and delicious taste, the beloved Warwick Mall sector is known for their insatiable compassion.

Auntie Anne's Pretzels is helping an ongoing fundraiser for a young girl named Madison who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Madison needing constant care, the family is struggling both emotionally and financially. In attempts to help Thomas Brown raise funds for his daughter Madison, Auntie Anne's General Manager, Courtney Antonelli, is sponsoring a donation raffle.

The Auntie Anne's raffle consists of patrons who donate having a chance to receive an Auntie Anne's goodie basket. This basket includes two $25 Auntie Anne's gift cards, four free pretzel coupons, a DIY pretzel kit with assorted dips (makes 10 pretzels), Auntie Anne's socks, a lanyard, a tumbler, a pop socket, headphones, sunglasses and a cinch bag. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased for $1 each at Auntie Anne's in the Warwick Mall.

To spread word about this fundraiser, Antonelli is hosting tables within the mall on Oct. 24 and 31. Antonelli and her staff will be selling the DIY pretzel kits with a percentage of each sold going to Madison's fundraiser. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle, a $1 donation to spin the prize wheel and $1 donation pictures with Auntie Anne's mascot Twisty. Both of these dates are also Mall inclusive costume character events. Families are encouraged to come and see their favorite comic characters and princesses come to life.

Antonelli has been a part of the Warwick Mall family for years and has grown close to all the coworkers she's known. She is proactively sponsoring this fundraiser for Madison and her family to ensure the lights stay on in their home, Madison's medical costs are paid and the family may worry a little less. A GoFundMe set up by Brown, Madison's father, is currently active and seeking a goal of $5,000; it is at $1,000 as of this publication date.

Antonelli is an advocate for emotional stability and understands hardship. Her employees see her vision and donate their tips to the fundraiser as well when applicable. Next time you visit the Warwick Mall make sure to stop by Auntie Anne's for a pretzel, donate if you can and keep Madison in your thoughts.



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