Stockton Wing Zone raises funds for paralyzed football player

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By NORA HESTON TARTE

Want free wings?

On Dec. 6, Stockton’s Wing Zone will hand out baskets of five boneless wings for free — no strings attached. And for every guest who picks up a free order, $1 will be donated to the Ben Abercrombie Fund.

So what’s the reason for the wing chain’s generosity? They’re giving back to one of their own.

Ben Abercrombie, the son of Marty Abercrombie who owns two Wing Zone franchises in Alabama, was paralyzed from the neck down during his first collegiate football game in September. He played for Harvard University.

Money raised will go directly to the Abercrombie family.

“They have been great franchisees and we wanted to help with the medical bills and expenses they are facing as Ben works to recover,” said Mike Vaughn, Wing Zone field marketing manager. “Marty is currently doing construction on his home in order for it to be wheelchair accessible.”

Vaughn said the efforts coincide with the holidays and the company’s desire to give back to customers, as well.

“I’ve never heard of a franchise coming together nationally for one of their own franchisees like this,” said Kristie Ehlers, who co-owns the only Wing Zone on the West Coast with her husband Werner Ehlers. “That’s one of the reasons we chose Wing Zone … it’s so family oriented.”

Those who want to take advantage of the promotion and help a family in need can visit the Stockton Wing Zone at 7910 N. Lower Sacramento Rd. A in Stockton

“Fans in Stockton can expect a great experience. We’re anticipating a lot of excitement around the free boneless wings, as well as the new Korean Q flavor, but also know that by taking part, they’re helping out a very deserving family. Kristie and Werner are parents and have children of their own, so they understand what the Abercrombie family is going through,” Vaughn said.

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