Pistons center and NBA All-Star’s own Dre Burger will help raise funds for Special Olympics of Flint

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Detroit Piston center and NBA All-Star Andre Drummond can add brand ambassador to his list of accomplishments.

The 6-foot, 11-inch Mount Vernon, New York, native has been named the first spokesman for Halo Burger, a 93-year-old Michigan-based burger chain. With this honor comes a signature Dre Burger, debuting at all Halo Burger locations Sunday.

Dummond said the sandwich has ingredients that he likes, including grilled pineapple, bacon, an onion ring, raw onion, American cheese and a mix of Halo sauce and barbecue sauce. The Dre Burger also has two fresh-not-frozen beef patties and comes on a sesame seed bun.

“I love Halo burgers and (CEO) Chance (Richie) and I agreed that we should do something different — something that really has my stamp on it,” Drummond said in a press release. “Early reactions have been pretty good. Everyone seems to like the burger; it’s big and the toppings are all things I enjoy eating.”

Drummond said he’s most excited about the burger’s charity partner, the Special Olympics of Flint. Halo will donate $1 from each Dre Burger sold in May to the organization.

“I’m glad we’re able to help out,” Drummond said.

As part of his role as spokesman, the NBA star will promote the Halo brand and assist with community outreach programs in Flint, Detroit and elsewhere in southeastern Michigan.

On May 6, one Halo Burger location (to be determined) will host a kick-off event for the Dre Burger, and give away a free sandwich to the first 100 customers. Drummond is scheduled to appear and DJ the party. There also will be games and other family friendly activities, including a basketball clinic with Drummond and kids participating in Special Olympics Flint.

Halo Burger was founded in Flint in 1923 as Kewpee Hotel Hamburgers. Today there are 10 locations, a food truck, and an outpost at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

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