Red Mango’s grand opening benefits Project E.L.L.F.

Paul Hornick, owner of Red Mango, and his wife, Betsy, along with Steve Shannon of 97ZOK. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Anderson Packaging Inc.’s Tracy Barr Project E.L.L.F. (Enriching the Lives of the Less Fortunate) typically kicks off their annual fund-raising event in November. But this year, Christmas came a little early for the program with their first donation being received in April.

Red Mango of Machesney Park held its grand-opening event Saturday, April 9, and gave away free frozen yogurt to more than 900 people who attended. In return, Red Mango asked visitors to consider donating to Project E.L.L.F.

The customers reached into their pockets and dropped in change and dollars totaling $650 in cash. The owner of Red Mango, Paul Hornick, and his wife, Betsy Hornick, decided to match those donations, bringing the total to $1,300.

The reason we chose Project E.L.L.F. is because they have raised over $325,000 in donations for the Rockford Rescue Mission, the Red Cross Homeless Shelter, Rockford Meld, The Rock River Valley Food Pantry and others,” said Paul Hornick. “For the first few years after they started this foundation at Anderson Packaging Inc. in

A line of guests waiting for free frozen yogurt at the grand opening. (Photo provided)

2007, Anderson actually matched dollar for dollar what donations their employees raised. Last year, the employees brought in a whopping $61,000, and Anderson Packaging Inc. still matched $50,000 of that, which is pretty incredible.”

Hornick also noted: “From the $650 Red Mango guests donated at our grand opening, along with our match of an additional $650 and Anderson’s generous matching efforts, we could put $2,600 back into the community for much-needed services. All this from making people smile with free yogurt is pretty great.”

Red Mango opened its second area location at 1093 W. Lane Road, Machesney Park, April 9. Its other location is at 6876 Spring Creek Road, Rockford.

Red Mango offers 40 flavors of all-natural, nonfat frozen yogurt, including the company’s core flavors, all at around 100 calories per serving.

The company’s signature product, which is rich in probiotics, low in calories, nonfat, kosher and gluten-free, has been the foundation for a popular menu that now includes 20 varieties of fresh fruit smoothies, made-to-order fruit parfaits, hot

Mike Church, Red Mango Machesney Park manager, with Jeff Craig, winner of the iPad given away during the grand opening. (Photo provided)

chocolate and all-natural probiotic iced teas.

From the May 9-15, 2012, issue

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