Holy Cow Donates 400,000th Quarter To Local Non-Profits

Holy Cow Del Ray celebrated the donation of more than 400,000 quarters – or $100,000 — to local charities through ACT for Alexandria. Homegrown Restaurant Group’s Mike Anderson, Donna Anderson, and Bill Blackburn celebrate with Betsy Micklem and Heather Peeler of ACT, and DRBA President Sue Kovalsky. Photo by Lucelle O’Flaherty.

Award-Winning Restaurant Donates 25¢ For Every Burger Sold to ACT for Alexandria

This summer, Holy Cow Del Ray celebrated their 400,000th burger — raising over $100,000 for area non-profits. The award-winning burger joint donates 25¢ of every burger sold to local non-profits through ACT for Alexandria.

“Holy Cow is leading the way in how businesses can support and be a part of the community,” said Heather Peeler, President and Chief Executive Officer of ACT for Alexandria. “This has been a great way to involve the entire community at a beloved Del Ray restaurant.”

After ordering a burger, customers are given a second “menu” — a list of 233 local non-profits — to choose where the quarter will be donated. The list includes organizations that assist those in need, animal welfare organizations, schools, community groups, arts organizations, and much more. This program has been in place since Holy Cow opened its doors in November 2012.

Since they opened in 2012, Holy Cow has given every burger buyer a choice of where to donate their quarter among the hundreds of charities in Alexandria. 400,000 quarters have now been donated and the tradition continues. Photo by Lucelle O’Flaherty.

“We never thought a few quarters could make such a big difference,” said “Mango” Mike Anderson, the owner of Homegrown Restaurant Group. “We’re always glad to support the Alexandria community.”

Top 10 Grant Recipients

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria $11,061.00

Carpenter’s Shelter $4,305.50

Center for Alexandria’s Children $2,298.50

Mt. Vernon Community School $1,977.25

King Street Cats $1,512.75

Bethany House of Northern Virginia $1,345.25

ALIVE $1,312.25

St. Rita School $1,208.75

Alexandria Soccer Association $1,180.25

Alexandria Police Foundation $1,138.50

“This epitomizes what is Alexandria — such amazing local flavor, and letting people choose what matters to them,” said Betsy Micklem, Director of Development for ACT for Alexandria, noting the wide diversity of organizations supported.

Homegrown Restaurant Group includes Holy Cow, the sushi bar, and Pork Barrel BBQ in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. The group received the 2018 “Heart of Del Ray,” as voted by the community, in recognition for their service to Del Ray.