East County News Service
September 11, 2017 (La Mesa) – The two Chick-fil-A restaurants in the East County in Santee and La Mesa will host a fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to support recovery efforts for Houston’s victims of Hurricane Harvey. Chick-fil-A officials said both stores will donate 15 percent of all sales between 5 and 8 p.m. to a Chick-fil-A fund earmarked for Houston residents.
Both owner-operators of the two Chick-fil-A restaurants have a personal stake in the fundraiser. Both have friends and family members living in Houston who were impacted by the hurricane.
Santee’s Kyle Steck, a San Diego native, has in-laws living in Houston, including wife Jamie’s father who pastors a church there. In addition, Steck sold dental equipment in Texas for several years before joining Chick-fil-A. He has led the Santee restaurant since August 2015.
“Like many of you, we’ve been moved by the images of devastation, and there are a lot of people in East County who would love to help in some way with the horrendous damage in Houston,” said Steck. “In the aftermath of the disaster, we have an opportunity to share. Their biggest need right now is money to help with the recovery. We are proud to offer our restaurants as a way for people to come together and help out.”
Rick Preciado in La Mesa spent 12 years working as an operations executive for various oil and gas, building materials and chemical companies in Houston before joining Chick-fil-A and moving to San Diego to open the La Mesa restaurant earlier this year. Preciado said his previous home in Spring, Tex. was among many in the neighborhood that were flooded with more than a foot of water.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to help the victims of the hurricane get what they need to rebuild their lives,” said Preciado. “Natural disasters are devastating to those who have been affected. Many families in Houston face a long and difficult road to recovery as the rebuild their lives, homes and businesses. But, for those of us in the East County, here is an opportunity to take action and show how much we care for those in need.”
The Santee Chick-fil-A is at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee. The Grossmont Chick-fil-A is at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa.
The Atlanta-based chain also is helping like many other corporations. The company is matching dollar-for-dollar every contribution made online or through its Chick-fil-A One mobile app, up to $500,000, to ultimately meet a goal of $1 million for the American Red Cross.