Manager Brian Billings and his Sonic franchise, located at I-35 and Highway 33, gave their most recent generous donation to Guthrie Public Schools. This year benefitting from the gift is Guthrie Junior High.
Billings made the presentation on Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting to Junior High Principal Robbie Rainwater.
Billings has been donating $7,000 to the school district since 2007 topping nearly $70,000. Prior to 2013, Sonic donated $1,000 to each of the seven schools. Instead of spreading out the donation, Billings wanted to make a bigger impact for each school and through a random drawing selects a school so that “everyone gets a little bit piece of the pie.”
Fogarty was the first recipient in 2013, Cotteral followed in 2014 and last year Guthrie High School.
“A bunch of little prizes are nice, but one big prize is great. They (schools) all need so much,” Billings said.
In addition, Sonic proudly sponsors GHS athletics with radio and internet broadcasts.
Billings says these type of donations are not common for his franchise, but is grateful Sonic allows it to happen.
“It’s not common. It’s very fortunate that we are able to do this and are very excited that we can do it,” Billings said.