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Chase Hawks Fundraiser in Billings

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In 1994, the passing of Chase Hawks, 6, resulted in a foundation established in his memory. Even today, the Chase Hawks Memorial Association is still helping families in crisis across Montana.

At around the same time the Chase Hawks Memorial Association began, MacKenzie River Pizza Company opened its first restaurant. Almost 20 years later, the two are joining together to raise money for families in need.

"This evening, for both our Heights location and our West end location, 20% of our tickets will be going directly to Chase Hawks." said Troy Soulsby, an assistant manager for the MacKenzie River Pizza Restaurant branch in the Heights.

"Our employees nominated Chase Hawks as the foundation or the cause they wanted to support the most for this." said Erica Coffman with MacKenzie River Pizza.

Throughout the day, Coffman said businesses have been swift at their two Billings restaurant locations.

"Lunch was very well received. We were very busy at our other location, at the Billings West End," said Coffman. At the Heights restaurant, a live band was in house to provide entertainment. In addition to money raised Wednesday, Chase Hawks is also in the run for even more money, as a part of MacKenzie River's 20th anniversary celebrations.

According to the company web site, seven organizations, including Chase Hawks, are nominated to receive money from a $20,000 "pie" the company has set aside. Other organizations include Big Sky Youth Empowerment, The Jadyn Fred Foundation, and Mariah's Challenge. An online vote, in addition to money spent at the various MacKenzie River Restaurants, will determine the amount of money each organization will receive.

"To me, it makes me realize how valuable and how appreciative Montana is of its community. I just feel the community vibe non-stop," said Coffman.

As of Wednesday night, Chase Hawks is set to receive 12% of the $20,000 "pie". To learn more about the company's 20for20 program, click on Connections.