PDQ logoPDQ, which stands for People Dedicated to Quality, is a fast casual restaurant specializing in fresh hand-battered chicken tenders, made-to-order sandwiches, daily cut fries, hand-spun milkshakes and fresh salads.

PDQ was founded on a concept that high-quality food, memorable service and genuine hospitality are the basis of an excellent restaurant. PDQ values genuine customer service, whether dining in or picking up at the drive-thru.  PDQ is committed to doing the things it does the right way.

PDQ also has a heart for the community – just ask the Boys & Girls Clubs.  In April, PDQ and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America partnered to do a book drive, which infused local Wake County Boys & Girls Clubs locations with thousands of new books for the children who use the seven local clubs.  “That was just the beginning“, said Boys & Girls Clubs Annual Campaign Director, Tadd Hall.  “PDQ has been phenomenal.  Their local stores carried out the national initiatives, and the kids in the local markets have benefited from their generosity.  From the Boys & Girls Clubs local perspective, this partnership has worked the way you wish they all could“, Hall went on to say.

PDQ and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County didn’t let the momentum end with a book drive, however.  Hall, and PDQ of Cary Operating Director, Nathan Bartlett, struck up a conversation during the book drive that has led to a unique fundraising opportunity as well. On June 3, 2014, four local PDQ restaurants will participate in a “percent of sales” fundraising night to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs.  Participating PDQ store locations include Durham, Falls of Neuse, Wake Forest, and Cary and the promotion will run from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

“It’s a common fundraising model, but what’s uncommon is the willingness and the spirit of the PDQ employees, like Mr. Bartlett, who realize that we need to hit a home-run with our fundraising.  Children depend on the Boys & Girls Clubs literally every day.  I really thank Mr. Bartlett for being willing to not only agree to host a fundraiser at his location, but to also spearhead the effort to involve three other local stores as well”, said Hall.  “We’ve also had a great relationship with the Wake Forest PDQ location for several years.

The Boys & Girls Clubs serve close to 5,000 children and teenagers each year throughout Wake County and focus on providing a safe, positive place for youth during out-of-school time.