As owners of Maxwells Restaurant & Bar, General Manager Ramon Sosa and Executive Chef Mike Wald weren’t searching for a way to promote their restaurant. They don’t typically offer coupons or promotions. The experience of eating at the high-end West Fargo restaurant speaks for itself. The atmosphere is intimate, with hand-picked wines, handcrafted cocktails, impeccable American cuisine with a French-inflected flare and decadent desserts. Foodies from all over the Midwest stop in at Maxwells, just to see what’s new, or to come back for favorites.
“The bison meatballs are my go-to menu choice,” says one longtime Maxwells patron. “I just can’t get enough of that sauce.” The meatballs are drizzled with a creamy vermouth sauce and Crimini mushrooms.
Many of Maxwells menu items include locally-grown and produced ingredients, whenever possible, to bring the freshest ingredients to the table, while also supporting local growers.
“Supporting local growers is important to us,” says Wald. “Not only does it give Maxwells the freshest ingredients, but it also allows us to support our community by buying local.”
Which is why Sosa and Wald decided to support community development through PushSave, a tech company focused on creating simple value-added fundraising solutions through customized mobile coupon books for non-profits and youth organizations across the United States.
“We have always been dedicated to helping build our community, and this gives us a chance to give back to those who have helped us achieve success in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Our team is committed to creating exquisite dining experiences through our dedication to the culinary arts. We love that we can do what we’re good at while also supporting local growers, schools, churches, and other nonprofits,” said Sosa in a recent press release.
Fargo PushSave representative Stacy Stibbe said adding Maxwells to the PushSave offerings is a huge boost for student fundraising in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead. The restaurant’s recognition by organizations such as Wine Spectator mean that those who purchase the mobile coupon books will have the option to choose a restaurant whose quality and reputation they can trust.
How does PushSave work?
Instead paper coupons and promotions, PushSave is a customizable, mobile fundraising solution. When you purchase a PushSave coupon book from a student, you choose twenty vendors in your area to load into an app on your mobile device. That way, you choose only the products and services that you know you’ll use. In addition, purchasing PushSave booklets is easy, since it’s all done online.
“It eliminates the need for a student become vulnerable to theft or even bullying by eliminating the need to collect and carry cash at school,” says Stibbe. “Students don’t have to worry about keeping the money from fundraising in their lockers, or worry about losing it.”
PushSave also eliminates the hassle for fundraising coordinators who end up footing the bill for shortfalls in cash collection when products are sold and cash goes missing. Instead, all of the transactions for PushSave mobile coupon books are done entirely online, with funds directly deposited into the system. There’s very little, if any, room for error. Plus, organizations receive fifty percent of the money they collect, a significantly higher percentage than many other fundraisers.
North Dakota entrepreneur and PushSave founder Mark Teckenburg, who graduated from Jamestown high school and played football for Moorhead State University, wanted to create a company that made fundraising easier for kids and families. He grew tired of selling pizzas, and he came up with the idea. Now, he and his team make the process of fundraising as painless as possible by providing leaders with not only a great product to sell, but all the tools they need to be successful.
“PushSave was easy to work with as a coach, because Stacey is organized and walked us right through the steps of fundraising,” said Davies High School Head Cheer Coach Caroline Schimke. “No matter how good or bad your athletes are as salespeople, she gives you everything you need to reach your goals. Plus, it’s also a product I’m comfortable selling because of the many options for each customer. Most of the coupons are for locations that I know are already being visited, and they will be used since they are readily available on your smart phone.”
“Getting a group motivated to sell in a fundraiser is definitely not easy,” said Davies High School Head Cheer Coach Caroline Schimke. “But Stacey was so fun to work with, and she had everything prepared to help us reach our goals. Even the girls who weren’t motivated to participate ended up having a good time and selling more than they thought they could. It was a great way for our team to bond together and work towards a common goal outside of practice.”
For more information about PushSave, or to purchase your own mobile coupon book with Maxwells promotions, log onto the PushSave website today.
And be sure to browse through the fresh spring Maxwells menu or reserve a seat at for the upcoming 4-course Markham Wine Dinner April 19 at 6 p.m., featuring special guest winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls.