Brighton Center Receives $2,000 Donation from White Castle’s Charity of Choice Program

Brighton Center recently received a $2,000 donation from White Castle’s regional manufacturing plant located in Covington. The donation was made through White Castle’s Charity of Choice program, which allows the manufacturing facility to make a donation each quarter to a local nonprofit based upon its safety goals. This is the second time White Castle has selected Brighton Center to receive this donation by putting choice in the hands of their local team members.   

As a local organization since 1966, Brighton Center has been transforming lives in the same community as the White Castle manufacturing facility. “We are truly grateful to White Castle and all the employees who have made this possible,” said Wonda Winkler, President and CEO. “They have clearly seen the impact we have had in this community as we partner with individuals and families on their path to self-sufficiency. White Castle truly exemplifies what is means to be part of Brighton Center’s Community of Support.”

Brighton Center partners with individuals and families of all stages of life, from infants to older adults. Brighton Center provides a uniquely comprehensive range of programs and services, including family and work supports, financial and homeownership services, workforce development services including education, employment, and training programs; substance use recovery services for women; early childhood education; positive youth development; and neighborhood-based programs including housing development. 

“Supporting the people and organizations in our communities remains one of the foundational pillars of our family-owned business,” said Erin Shannon, White Castle corporate relations manager and 4th generation family member. “The team members at our Covington manufacturing plant are excited about supporting Brighton Center because of the inspirational impact it has on their neighbors in Northern Kentucky. We’re impressed by Brighton Center’s efforts to make positive change and we’re proud of our team members’ commitment to a wonderful organization.”

Gifts like this have a tremendous impact on individuals like Kylie, a resident at Brighton Center’s Opportunity House, which provides income-aligned housing and wraparound support to youth who may not otherwise have been able to attend post-secondary education. “Brighton Center and Opportunity House have given me a future I didn’t even think was possible. No one in my family before me went to college and I’ll be graduating from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Elementary Education. Opportunity House has opened up so many doors that I could never have dreamed. I have learned so many skills for my future education and career. I am so proud of myself and how far I have come.”


About Brighton Center
The mission of Brighton Center, Inc. is to create opportunities for individuals and families to reach self-sufficiency through family support services, education, employment, and leadership. We will achieve this mission by creating an environment that rewards excellence and innovation, encourages mutual respect, and maximizes resources. Brighton Center impacts the lives of thousands of individuals from infants to older adults through 45 programs across all of Northern Kentucky and beyond. To learn more visit  

About White Castle®
White Castle, America’s first fast-food hamburger chain, has been making hot and tasty Sliders since 1921. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the family-owned business owns and operates about 340 restaurants as well as a retail division providing its famous fare in freezer aisles of retail stores nationwide. As part of its commitment to offering the highest quality products, White Castle owns and operates its own Slider Provider meat plants, bakeries and frozen-Slider retail plants. White Castle has earned numerous accolades over the years including Time magazine’s “Most Influential Burger of All Time” (2014, The Original Slider®) and Thrillist’s “Best Plant-Based Fast-Food Burger” (2019, Impossible™ Slider). In 2021, Fast Company named the fast-food pioneer one of the “10 Most Innovative Dining Companies.” White Castle received the Great Place to Work® Certification™ in 2021, 2022 and 2023, the only fast-food restaurant to earn this distinction three years in a row, and is known for the legendary engagement of its team members, more than 1 in 4 of whom have worked for the business for at least 10 years. White Castle is beloved by its passionate fans (“Cravers”), many of whom compete each year for entry into the Cravers Hall of Fame. The official White Castle app makes it easy for Cravers to sign up for the Craver Nation® loyalty program, access sweet deals and place pickup orders at any time. They can also have their orders delivered using one of White Castle’s delivery partners. For more information on White Castle, visit