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Fundraiser Monday to benefit FM parks

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A McDonald’s franchisee in Flower Mound is planning a fundraiser Monday to benefit the Flower Mound Parks and Recreation Department.

Heath Massey, owner/operator of several McDonald’s restaurants, said he was approached by a Flower Mound neighbor to see if his company could help raise funds to help with damages caused during a recent snowstorm at Post Oak Park, 4751 Flower Mound Road.

“My kids use the parks all the time and I hated to see that some vandals did a stupid thing,”  Massey said, adding that after he got the details about the incident, he decided to do a little more.

Town officials say several people drove and/or rode vehicles into Post Oak Park and The Colony Park, causing damage. After the snow melted, parks personnel determined that there was not as much damage as anticipated, officials said.

The town is planning to use any funds raised to go toward the cost of barriers that will prevent vehicles from driving into the park and repairing the decomposed granite trails that were damaged during the snowstorm, officials said.

The fundraiser, slated from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday at the McDonald’s located at 2109 Long Prairie Road at the intersection of FM 3040, will include prizes, photos with Ronald McDonald, face painting and more. Ronald McDonald is slated to appear from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and face painting will be available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A total of 50 percent of the sales during that time period as well as any funds generated from events or donations will be given to the town for repairs and to prevent further vandalism as well as for use at any of Flower Mound’s other 49 parks, said Robin Massey.

Organizers are also seeking donations for the drawings/auction, she said. Individuals can contact her at 214-926-3856 or Janet Smith at 1-601-941-3060.

“I have lived in Flower Mound since 1998, started and raised my family here,” Massey said. “Five years ago, my family had the opportunity to buy the McDonald’s here in Flower Mound and we try to support the community in any way possible.”

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