Local Organizations Participating in #BettyWhiteChallenge in Honor of White’s Birthday | Featured Articles

CHANDLER, AR (3TV/CBS 5) – After the world lost legendary actress and icon Betty White, just weeks before her 100th birthday, many are still keeping her memory and legacy alive thanks to the ‘Betty White Challenge’ that has been circulating on social media. To honor White and raise money for a cause close to her heart, the #BettyWhiteChallenge has begun, encouraging people to donate to animal shelters.

Now two Chandler restaurants, Ginger Monkey Gastropub and BLD Chandler are participating in the challenge. They’re partnering with a local nonprofit, East Side Elves, to raise money for shelter animals in Maricopa County. On Monday, 15% of all food sales at the two restaurants will be donated to East Side Elves, which provides supplies to shelter animals.

Julie Santistevan, bar manager and assistant general manager of Ginger Monkey Gastropub, said the restaurant jumped at the chance to partner with the nonprofit to help shelter the animals and honor White.

On Monday, White fans will be set to donate to charities and animal welfare shelters in what has been dubbed the #BettyWhiteChallenge.

“We want to help and do our best to bring people together in a celebration of the life of a wonderful woman,” Santistevan said. “The purpose is for the animals. To get the donations out there, stick together. It’s not necessarily anything outside of that; it’s outside of our good karma as people. We want to help where we we can.”

On Monday, guests can bring toys, blankets and treats to both restaurants as donations and receive a free Betty White birthday cupcake. The restaurants will also have a Betty White TV takeover day, showing episodes of White’s Golden Girls and Match Game.

In addition to the two restaurants, the Arizona Humane Society is also raising money for animals in light of White’s birthday. Animal lovers and Betty White fans are encouraged to donate to help Valley Animal Shelters.

“Betty White really loved animals. She really worked to be able to help create a better environment for animals and really championed their cause,” said Kelsey Dickerson, spokesperson for the Arizona Humane Society. “We can’t be able to make change without everyone working together, and Betty White has definitely been a figurehead for that throughout her career.”

Ginger Monkey Gastropub is located at 135 W. Ocotillo Road and BLD Chandler is located at 1920 W. Germann Road. To donate to the Arizona Humane Society, visit azhumane.org/bettywhite.

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