21 Whataburger Finalists Contending in National WhataGames Competition Also Competing for $5,000 Non-Profit Donation

Community April 2, 2013 San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – April 2, 2013 – Recently, Whataburger announced the 21 restaurants that emerged as finalists in the company’s “WhataGames” competition, a unique and spirited contest designed to test the skills of Whataburger team members in three categories: operations, corporate history and customer service. Today, Whataburger added another twist to the competition – each finalist team has designated a nonprofit organization of their choice, and fans can vote on Whataburger’s WhataGames Facebook tab until Thursday, April 18 for that restaurant and its designated nonprofit organization. The organization with the most votes will receive a $5,000 donation.

“WhataGames is a really important part of our culture here at Whataburger, and equally important to us is giving back to the communities we serve,” said Clifton Rutledge, chief operating officer of Whataburger Restaurants LLC. “Our teams have so much fun with WhataGames, but this new element is so special because it means we’re providing a one-of-a-kind experience to our finalist teams and supporting a valuable nonprofit organization. I encourage everyone to get online and vote!” 

The 21 finalist teams advanced from a pool of 100 semifinalists, who beat out their competitors among Whataburger’s more than 740 restaurants in 10 states. Semifinalists had to prove their skills through a series of elimination rounds to earn one of these 21 coveted spots at the WhataGames Finals in Dallas in April 2013. The finalists will compete in three days of high-intensity competition for the Gold Medal and the esteemed title of WhataGames 2013 Champion, as well as $165,000 in cash prizes. Silver and bronze medals are also awarded.

WhataGames finals are the featured event during the Whataburger Family Convention, which will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. The games were created in 1996 as a training exercise for operations to better serve customers and now occur every other year. The convention is a family occasion, hosting Whataburger corporate and regional representatives, franchisees and suppliers, along with the WhataGames national finalists.

Below is a list of WhataGames Restaurant Finalists and their designated nonprofit organizations. To vote, please visit http://www.facebook.com/whataburger and “like” your favorite restaurant and its designated nonprofit organization.

WhataGames Restaurant Finalist Designated Nonprofit Organization
Unit 537, 1460 North Dysart Road, Avondale New Life Center
Unit 72, 1101 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee Tallahassee American Cancer Society
Unit 861, 3851 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Unit 79, 5315 N May Ave, Oklahoma City C.A.R.E. Center
Unit 659, 7530 FM 1960 East, Atascocita Humble ISD Education Foundation
Unit 1024, 15255 Montfort, Dallas Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas
Unit 655, 4640 Woodrow Bean Drive, El Paso Child Crisis Center of El Paso
Unit 982, 18609 Limestone Commercial Dr., Pflugerville Pflugerville ISD Education Foundation
Unit 602, 10112 FM 2, Laredo Volunteers Serving The Need
Unit 669, 7110 McPherson Rd., Laredo Sacred Heart Children’s Home
Unit 702, 202 W. Del Mar Blvd., Laredo Laredo Animal Protective Society
Unit 289, 2503 East Hubbard Street, Mineral Wells Mineral Wells Backpack for Kids Program
Unit 318,143 S Interstate 35, New Braunfels Alamo Area Parkinson’s Support Group
Unit 729, 6225 Precinct Line Rd., North Richland Hills Boy Scouts of America TrailBlazer District
Unit 328, 1629 West Highway 100, Port Isabel Port Isabel High School
Unit 147, 3202 Sherwood Way, San Angelo McGill Elementary
Unit 790, 5760 W. Loop 1604 N., San Antonio Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties\
Unit 797,17480 W. Grand Pkwy. South, Sugar Land Lamar Educational Awards Foundation
Unit 40, 2411 Palmer Highway, Texas City Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County
Unit 175, 4302 N. Navarro, Victoria American Cancer Society
Unit 391, 604 N. Hwy 77, Waxahachie Waxahachie CARE

Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers:  “What a burger!” Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, all-American beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 740 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $1 billion annually. Visit www.whataburger.com for more information on the company or become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/whataburger.


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