Deli hopes victory will be sweet

A local deli is working diligently to have the City of Highland Village named “Tea Town USA”.

McAlister’s Deli in Highland Village is participating in a nationwide contest sponsored by the restaurant chain to name the top tea city in the country and earn cash towards assisting a local cause.  The contest is being conducted through a Facebook voting campaign.

Last year’s inaugural Tea Town champion was the city of Longview, TX, which used their winnings to benefit a local park.

The winning city will receive $7,500 from the McAlister’s Corporation and a matching donation of $7,500 from The Saxton Group, the parent company of the local franchise, for a total donation of $15,000 to be given to The Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County.

The Children’s Advocacy Center provides justice and healing for child victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse and their non-offending family members. 

“Community members living in the FM 407 area and McAlister’s Deli have been so supportive of our mission.  I have no doubt we can be in strong contention to be Tea Town USA”, said Dan Leal, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center.

“I cannot think of a more worthwhile charity than the Children’s Advocacy Center,”  said  Drew Cookman, General Manager of the Highland Village McAlister’s.

“It’s easy to help the cause,” added Cookman.  “Simply “like” us on Facebook at”

At that point you will be able to select and vote for Highland Village on the Tea Town USA page.

“Another great thing is that you can cast a vote on a daily basis,” said Cookman.  “Also, you can participate in the weekly challenges and photo contest.”

Extra points can be earned by “checking in” while dining at McAlister’s.

The contest concludes with Free Tea Day on July 28, when McAlister’s Deli will dole out free iced tea to thirsty patrons.

“With everyone’s help, I think that Highland Village has a real shot at winning,” said the optimistic Cookman. 

“Vote early, vote often!”



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