New York City - The Marcum Foundation, the charitable giving arm of one of the nation’s largest accounting firms, and BurgerFi, the better-burger restaurant group, extended their initiative to feed healthcare heroes on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic to include Eden II Programs serving people with autism. The meals for staff and residents of seven Eden II group homes on Staten Island and Long Island, New York, today completes the national Marcum-BurgerFi healthcare heroes program. The joint effort provided nearly 20,000 meals to COVID-19 frontline workers at more than 60 hospitals in 14 states in 17 days.
BurgerFi is a popular restaurant destination for the Anderson family, whose adult son, Evan, resides at an Eden II group home on Staten Island. Since BurgerFi is Evan’s all-time favorite meal, the family’s appeal to Marcum resulted in a quick decision to extend the healthcare heroes initiative to the staff and residents of all seven Eden II residential facilities on Staten Island and Long Island.
Eden II resident Evan Anderson is ready for his favorite meal, courtesy of Marcum and BurgerFi.
“It was an easy decision to include Eden II in our healthcare heroes program. COVID-19 has been a true hardship for everyone in group residential communities of all kinds, as the quarantine prevented families from visiting for weeks and new health protocols put extra stress on staff and residents alike. It was a great joy to be able to put smiles on everyone’s faces,” said Shaun Blogg, chairman of the Marcum Foundation and West Palm Beach office managing partner at Marcum LLP.
A very happy Eden II resident relishes his burger dinner, provided by Marcum and BurgerFi.
“We’re so grateful for our healthcare heroes who’ve been working tirelessly to protect our communities throughout COVID-19. The pandemic has challenged us in so many ways, but it has absolutely showed us the strength and dedication of our front-line workers, and our partnership with Marcum has allowed us to show our appreciation by providing them with delicious BurgerFi meals. We're so glad to be extending the effort to serve the Eden II residences,” said Kevin Cooper, BurgerFi director of Leadership and Development, who served as project manager for the collaboration.
“We are deeply appreciative of Marcum and BurgerFi’s willingness to treat our staff and residents to these amazing burger meals. It was a genuine bright spot for everyone, and we greatly appreciate the kindness,” said Eden II’s Executive Director, Dr. Joanne Gerenser.
“When I saw the Marcum Foundation in my local BurgerFi donating meals to frontline workers, I immediately thought of all the hardworking staff from my son’s group home. It made me so happy to hear Marcum and BurgerFi were donating food for all of Eden II’s incredible group home staff and participants. My son loves BurgerFi, and I know it made his day," said Evan’s mom, Lauren Baker-Anderson.
Eden II staff on Staten Island pick up meals for residents and colleagues, courtesy of Marcum and BurgerFi.
A video documentary recapping highlights of the effort across the country can be viewed here: www.burgerfi.com/marcum/. A photo gallery is available here: http://www.marcumfoundation.org/gallery/BurgerFi-2020.
About Marcum LLP
Marcum LLP is a national accounting and advisory firm with offices in major business markets throughout the U.S., as well as select international locations. Headquartered in New York City, Marcum provides a full spectrum of traditional tax, accounting, and assurance services; advisory, valuation, and litigation support; managed accounting services; and an extensive portfolio of specialty and niche industry practices. For more information, visit www.marcumllp.com.
About the Marcum Foundation
The Marcum Foundation supports local nonprofit organizations providing critical assistance to those in need through programs and services delivered at the community level. Local charity beneficiaries are nominated by Marcum employees. For more information, including a current list of beneficiaries, visit www.marcumfoundation.org.
Established in 2011, BurgerFi is among the nation’s fastest-growing better burger concepts with nearly 125 BurgerFi restaurants domestically and internationally. The concept was chef-founded and is committed to serving fresh food of transparent quality. BurgerFi uses only 100% natural Angus beef with no steroids, antibiotics, growth hormones, chemicals or additives. BurgerFi was named “Best Burger Joint” by Consumer Reports and fellow public interest organizations in the 2019 Chain Reaction Study, listed as a “Top Restaurant Brand to Watch” by Nation’s Restaurant News in 2019, included in Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Private Companies List, placed in the top 20 on Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers list for the past 7 years and ranked on Entrepreneur’s 2017 Franchise 500. To learn more about BurgerFi or to find a full list of locations, please visit www.burgerfi.com.
About Eden II Programs
Established in 1976, Eden II Programs began with just six students and one special education teacher. Today, the organization serves over 500 participants throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island. The mission of Eden II Programs is to support people with autism throughout their lives to achieve their full potential through service, science, and passion. Eden II Programs provides a variety of services using the evidence-based principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to treat the specialized learning needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. To learn more visit eden2.org.