ANOKA, Minn. - An Anoka County business is stepping up to help the children of a woman who was killed in a heart-wrenching episode of domestic violence, hoping to help them move forward after the unthinkable.
Authorities say Courtney Monson was fatally shot April 22 by her husband Bryce, who then turned the gun on himself. The murder-suicide left four young children without a parent as they move forward.
The incident left a community grasping at ways to help. Among those wanting to step forward was the McDonald's at 720 West Main Street in Anoka, owned by Kris Genck and her son Tim. On Tuesday May 10 the restaurant will stage a benefit from 5 to 8 p.m., donating at least 25 percent of all sales to a fund set up for the Monson children. The percentage of profits donated could actually increase, depending on the success of the event.
“We are proud to not only host this event, but to also honor the life of Courtney Monson and support her children,” said Tim Genck. The Gencks own and operate eight McDonald’s restaurants in the Twin Cities metro.
While the benefit is expected to draw a large dinner crowd, the kitchen itself will also be packed with employees who aren't being forced to work, but 'want' to. Twice as man workers as usual will be flipping burgers and frying fries to help
“Our organization--from managers to our crew--is excited to do this,” said Kris Genck. “This is at the heart of McDonald’s. We have a longstanding tradition of lending a hand, and this is an easy way for us to do that while reminding everyone that there are four children who need this community’s love and support.”