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Updates and answers about McJournal Night

How to help The Lansing Journal raise the most funds at Feb. 29 event

Lansing, Ill (February 12, 2024) – We appreciate the enthusiasm we’ve already seen about our unique McJournal Night partnership with franchise owner Jose Gutierrez and the Lansing McDonald’s. We do want to raise funds that evening, but we also want to celebrate community.

We want our readers to come out and meet the people behind the bylines they read every day. We want you to meet Jose and the team at his restaurant. We want you to stay for a while, have a sit-down meal, and spin the prize wheel.

From left: Lansing McDonald’s franchise owner Jose Gutierrez with members of his Lansing team — Lourdes, Beatrice, Edgar, Juanita, Lupita, Paty, and Matthew. (Photo: Ashlee De Wit)
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We don’t know what Jose will be giving away at the prize wheel, but The Lansing Journal will be giving away t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, and books. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Updates: LFD and the Memorial Junior High Band

To add to the community atmosphere, the Lansing Fire Department is planning to bring a firetruck and ambulance to McDonald’s on McJournal Night. Kids and their families will be allowed to meet the firefighters and tour the equipment.

And the Memorial Junior High Band will add to the festivities by performing from 4 – 5 p.m. Band Director Matthew Becker is excited about the opportunity, and he reached out to band parents. Parents will bring their kids and then stay to enjoy the McJournal Night party while the band plays!

Answers: The logistics of the fundraiser

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Details for McJournal Night are on a flyer created by McDonald’s for the event. Click the image to download a printable PDF.

As Ashlee De Wit explained in her article about McJournal Night, the fundraising protocol is the same for the Journal as it was for Lansing schools on McTeacher Nights — McDonald’s donates 20% of proceeds for all meals purchased at the drive-thru and the registers, and 100% of pie sales (bought with cash) to the Journal between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Apple pies must be bought with cash in order for us to get the 100%. If pies are purchased at the register, they’ll be counted as part of a meal and we will earn 20%. So you can bet we plan to have people walking around with pies and selling them face-to-face for cash. Jose is donating a case of pies (240 pies) for the event, and we want to sell them all.

One other note for our tech-savvy readers: Orders that are placed through the McDonald’s app won’t count toward our fundraiser. The way McDonald’s is keeping track of sales is to print a duplicate receipt at the register, and they aren’t able to do this via the app. So you’ll have to place your order the old-fashioned way — at the register or the drive-thru.

Join us

We are excited about this opportunity to mix and mingle with our community. Please put the details on your calendars and plan to join us for McJournal Night:

  • Thursday, February 29
  • Anytime between 4 and 7 p.m.
  • Lansing McDonald’s, 17810 Torrence Ave., Lansing, Illinois

Bring the whole family!

McJournal Night at McDonald's.
The Lansing McDonald’s is located at 17810 Torrence Ave. McJournal Night is scheduled for Thursday, February 29, from 4-7 p.m. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


    • Thanks for asking! Apple pies cost $1.79 off the McDonald’s menu. We will have Journal staff selling them for cash, and we will probably just ask for donations in exchange for pies!

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