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Chihuahuas, Chick-fil-A to Partner for ‘Paws for Presents’ Toy Drive

The El Paso Chihuahuas and area Chick-fil-A restaurants present “Paws for Presents”, a holiday toy drive assisting the Child Crisis Center of El Paso and Jardin de los Niños in Las Cruces.

“We hope the El Paso and Las Cruces communities will come out and support the Paws for Presents Toy Drive so that we can bring some holiday cheer to those who are going through difficult times,” said Chick-Fil-A Operator Edgar Ortega. “In Chick-fil-A, our goal is to inspire people to take good care of each other. We look forward to seeing the joy on the faces of the people who are touched by our community’s generosity.”

The drive started Tuesday, November 27th and continues through Saturday, December 15th. The Chihuahuas and Chick-fil-A request all gifts be new and not gift wrapped for children up to the age of 12.

“The Chihuahuas are proud to partner with Chick-fil-A on this special toy drive to help give kids in our region a smile and some toys during the holidays,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor.

Donations can be dropped off at any of the seven El Paso Chick-fil-A locations, the three Chick-fil-A locations in Las Cruces or the Chihuahuas Team Shop.

The Team Shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Any monetary donations can be made at the Chihuahuas Team Shop located at Southwest University Park. Monetary donations will not be accepted at Chick-fil-A locations.

The Child Crisis Center was opened in 1980 and serves to “protect children from abuse and neglect by providing shelter, advocacy and family support services,” according to the website.

Jardin de los Niños opened in 1995 and serves to provide education, intervention and services to homeless or near homeless children.


El Paso, Texas

Chick-fil-A Sunland Park Mall      750 Sunland Park Dr.

Chick-fil-A Mesa Street                  7597 N. Mesa St.

Chick-fil-A North Hills                    10721 Gateway South Blvd.

Chick-fil-A Airway                           1300 Airway Blvd.

Chick-fil-A Cielo Vista Mall            8401 Gateway West

Chick-fil-A Zaragoza                       1840 N. Zaragoza Rd.

Chick-fil-A Montana                        12240 Montana Ave.

Las Cruces, NM

Chick-fil-A Mesilla Valley Mall     700 S. Telshor Blvd. #1254, Las Cruces

Chick-fil-A University                     1105 E. University Ave., Las Cruces

Chick-fil-A Lohman                         2091 E. Lohman Ave., Las Cruces

EPISD Students get Nuggets of Wisdom From Chick-fil-A Leadership Program

For Chick-fil-A, it’s not all about cooking chicken. The fast food franchise has teamed up with area high schools to serve up some nuggets of wisdom through its Leader Academy.

The nationwide Chick-fil-A Leader Academy engages students in monthly Leader Labs with a focus on important leadership skills that they will use to create student-led community impact projects.

Franchise owners throughout El Paso have adopted neighboring campuses to offer the Leader Academy. Burges, Silva Health Magnet, Coronado, Franklin, El Paso, Chapin and Andress are among the high schools sponsored by an area Chick-fil-A in EPISD.

“Our vision at Chick-fil-A is to make a positive impact on the lives of others and so we believe that our youth are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Joy Martinez, who owns the Airway location with her husband Anthony Martinez. “It is important to invest our time and energy so that we can give them the tools that they will need to be better equipped for the world tomorrow.”

The Martinez’s kicked off the 2018-19 Leader Academy at Burges High School on Friday with 30 students at an orientation for the year-long program. The day began with some ice breakers, an introduction to the curriculum, a boxed lunch with the famous Chick-fil-A sandwiches and a visit from Cow, the restaurant’s mascot.

The curriculum taught in the academy focuses on servant leadership – a style deeply rooted in the Chick-fil-A organization and modeled by its founder, the late S. Truett Cathy.

“Our servant-leader spirit, in which we put others first, really comes from a sense of mission to serve others with compassion dignity and respect,” Joy Martinez said. “The same compassion dignity and respect that we would want others to offer us. We want to encourage all Chick-fil-A Leader Academy students and help them in any way that we can because Anthony and I had many mentors, family members, friends who encouraged us and believed in us and helped us in our journey.”

Last year, Burges’ project created a more inclusive environment for special education students in the Community Readiness Classroom (CRC), nicknaming them “the cool kids.”

“I think this year we will just make a larger impact and keep growing the relationships we already have,” said senior Lailani Chehedeh. “I’m really excited to see the way the new students start and the way they end. Last year, even for myself, just being able to see the way I grew and began understanding different types of people and just growing relationships was really a unique experience.”

Student Activities Manager Ruth Bohlin saw the leader academy as a great opportunity for Burges students to develop virtue and civic responsibility.

“While we have our leader academy kids go through the curriculum, they also have an opportunity to build relationships with our CRC kids,” Bohlin said. “And that in itself was a wonderful opportunity for each of them – both enriching for the CRC kids and the leader academy kids.”

Joy Martinez saw first-hand how successful the program was at Burges last year.

“What I noticed was that the energy, the spirit and enthusiasm was just remarkable – truly remarkable,” she said. “Seeing the cool kids just have so much fun and feel the love was just so heartwarming. You saw all these students come together and bring a ray of sunshine to the lives of kids.”

Story by Reneé de Santos | Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

Las Cruces’ First Stand-Alone Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opens

Local franchise owner Matt Carper will opened Las Cruces’ first stand-alone Chick-fil-A Thursday, bringing 80 new jobs to the City of the Crosses.

The doors to Las Cruces’ first free standing Chick-fil-A are opened early Thursday morning and 100 people walked away with a year’s worth of free Chick-fil-A (52 meals). Officials registered the 100th person around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Photo Nov 17, 6 02 22 AMA tradition going back 13 years, Chick-fil-As First 100 celebration has given away nearly $27 million in free food through 2015 and continues to be the chains signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures below zero or above 100 do not deter fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs, computers and other gear.

“My team members and I couldnt wait to welcome our guests,” said Carper. “Were not just in the chicken business — were in the people business. Our goal is to provide a remarkable experience for every customer, every time, by serving food our guests can truly feel good about eating, providing sincere hospitality and being a good neighbor in the Las Cruces community.”

Reflecting his desire to have a positive impact on the surrounding community, Carper is inviting his First 100 guests and restaurant customers to celebrate the new location by participating in a children’s book drive for The Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces.

Carper is collecting new and gently used childrens books Nov. 16 – 17, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the new store. The donated books will be placed in a nearly 3-foot Book House to serve as a free library exchange.

The Book House, built from reclaimed wood, is donated by the Chick-fil-A Foundation.

Since 2014, Chick-fil-A has collected more than 27,000 children’s books which have been donated to 162 local organizations in 37 states and Washington, D.C.

El Paso’s Newest Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opening May 12, 120+ New Jobs Created

Local franchise owner Rene Hernandez will open El Paso’s newest stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant on May 12, bringing nearly 125 new jobs, a chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for the local community to donate books to Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home.

The family-friendly overnight party is expected to pop up in the parking lot of the new location at12240 Montana Ave. 24 hours before the grand opening as guests try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. This community event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. A complete listing of eligible zip codes and rules can be foundon Chick-fil-A’s website.

 “My team members and I can’t wait to welcome our guests,” said Hernandez. “We’re not just in the chicken business — we’re in the people business. Our goal is to provide a remarkable experience for every customer, every time, by serving food our guests can truly feel good about eating, providing sincere hospitality and continuing being a good neighbor in the El Paso community with this second location in our community.”

A tradition going back more than 12 years, Chick-fil-A’s First 100 celebration has given away nearly $27 million in free food through 2015 and continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event. Rain, snow and extreme temperatures below zero or above 100 do not deter Chick-fil-A fans who arrive with tents, chairs, TVs, computers and other gear.

sample parking lot tent shot with pool for cfa grand openingEach is hoping to win a digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals (52 meals with each consisting of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, medium Waffle Potato Fries and a medium beverage) that will be awarded to the first 100 eligible adults – ages 18 and older with identification – in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 12.

If more than 100 people are onsite when the line officially opens at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, a drawing will be held to randomly select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to camp out until the grand opening to secure their spot.

Becoming a Chick-fil-A Operator is no small feat. The company receives some 24,000 applications yearly for approximately 100 franchise opportunities. Born and raised in El Paso, Hernandez was hired as a manager at the Zaragosa Road Chick-fil-A location.

Five years later, his hard work and commitment to excellence were recognized by becoming the franchise Operator of the Chick-fil-A Sunland Park Mall location for the next three years. In 2009, he had what he describes as an “emotional homecoming” when he was able to return to the community he’s called home for more than 20 years and become the Operator of the Zaragosa Road Chick-fil-A where he first worked.

Within the last 10 years, Hernandez has been honored with five Symbols of Success Awards – the company’s highest award for Operators. After winning back-to-back awards in 2006 and 2007 at Sunland mall restaurant, he won three consecutive awards from 2012 to 2014 at the Zaragosa Road location.

Hernandez is once again being recognized with the great work he and his team has done by receiving a second stand-alone restaurant and joins a small percentage of Operators to be given that opportunity.

Chick-fil-A is a family affair for Hernandez as he’s supported by his wife, Monica, who is his office administrator; his daughter, Marissa, who works drive-thru service, and his sister who manages marketing and hospitality. The Hernandez’s have a passion for serving their community with involvement in several organizations including El Paso Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.

Reflecting his desire to continue expanding his positive impact on the surrounding community, Hernandez is inviting all First 100 participants and customers to participate in a children’s book drive for Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home to celebrate the new location.

chick-fil-a book house to a school donation dec 2014Hernandez is collecting new and gently used children’s books from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.on Wednesday, May 11, and from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 12 and May 13.

The donated books will be placed in a nearly three-foot Book House to serve as a free library exchange at Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home.

The Book House, built from reclaimed wood, is donated by the Chick-fil-A Foundation.

Last year, Chick-fil-A collected more than 10,000 books from communities coast to coast, which were donated to 89 local organizations in 30 states and Washington, D.C.

The newest El Paso Chick-fil-A restaurant features a:

·       restaurant design using hand-made, authentic materials for a vintage-inspired interior, including a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, subway tiles, and light fixtures made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles and peach baskets.

·       two-story interactive indoor play area for children and free Wi-Fi.

·       drive-thru service expanded to offer dual drive-thru ordering lanes and screens to enable customers to quickly move into a single lane for payment and pick up.

·       dining room with seating for 120 and three tables of additional outdoor patio seating.

·       design with elements to improve water conservation and energy efficiency and back of house recycling of cardboard and cooking oil.

·       full-service menu, including breakfast until 10:30 a.m. and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.Monday through Saturday and, like all Chick-fil-A locations, will be closed on Sunday.

Chick-fil-A in El Paso

The new El Paso Chick-fil-A location marks the sixth restaurant in metro El Paso, coming more than 46 years after the chain opened its first Texas restaurant at La Palmera Mall in Corpus Christi in 1970. It is one of approximately 23 locations Chick-fil-A is planning to open in the state this year. The openings are among 95 new restaurants across the country, creating some 8,000 new jobs nationwide with more than a quarter of those in Texas alone this year.

For more information on the Montana Avenue at Joe Battle Boulevard Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit Facebook.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in 2,020 restaurants in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales exceeded $6 billion in 2015, which marks 47 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A ranked first for customer satisfaction in the Limited Service Restaurants industry in the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index and received the highest industry ACSI score ever.

It was also recognized in 2015 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available

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