Bull Run Gives Back

Defining Community

The Bull Run has been owned and operated by our family for more than 70 years. We live in Shirley, attended Shirley public schools, participate in many town events, serve on several town boards and committees, and volunteer for local non-profits. We believe in ongoing support for the events and activities that create community. The list below reflects just some of the annual events and local organizations we happily support:

  • The Holdenwood Trail Run 

  • The Shirley Charitable Foundation

  • The Shirley Historical Society

  • The Shirley Meeting House

  • The Center Town Hall, Shirley

  • The Nashua River Watershed Association, Groton, MA.

  • The Ayer Shirley Regional High School

  • The Ayer Shirley Regional High School Drama Club

  • The Shirley Friendship Fund/Loaves & Fishes

  • St. Anthony of Padua Church, Shirley

  • Trinity Chapel, Shirley

  • St. Mary's Catholic Church, Ayer

  • The Hazen Memorial Library, Shirley

  • Shirley Youth Baseball & Softball

  • Benjamin Hill Pool & Park, Shirley Recreation

  • Shirley Arts!

  • The Shirley Town Fire Dept.

  • Shirley P.D.

  • PagesforPeace.org, Groton, MA.

  • The Nashoba Valley Chorale, Littleton, MA.

  • The Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg, MA.

  • The Ashburnham Conservation Trust, Ashburnham, MA.

  • Cultivate Care Farms, Bolton, MA.

  • The Lunenburg Arts Festival

  • The Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA.

  • The Pan Mass Challenge Fundraiser 

  • Zach's Goal/No Player Left Behind, Leominster, MA.

There are many other individual contributions we make for one-time events or fundraisers. They are too numerous to list here. But as you can see, we donate to LOCAL events, fundraisers & causes that are close to home. So if you're coming to us for a request for a large, national organization, though deserving, it is unlikely we will donate. We do our best to spread our donations around so feel free to ask again if we aren't able to support you this time. 

Types of donations

We do not give cash but may donate by underwriting. In most cases, we will donate a gift certificate to be used as a raffle prize. Our gift cards can be used for dinner or show tickets. In some limited cases, we will donate food. We may also take an advertisement in a program or directory.

If you'd like to inquire about holding a fundraiser at Bull Run, we offer discounts and incentives for non-profit events that are held at Bull Run. Please contact our Function Coordinator for pricing and details. Click HERE for more info.

How it works

We require a paper trail for every request. We have a "Donation Request Form" to be filled out by the requesting organization. This form is not available online and we require that you stop by our Front Desk to fill it out as we like to connect with the person making the request. We also require verification of the non-profit status of your organization for our file to be attached to the request. We review inquiries weekly and require a minimum 2-week turnaround to respond. In some cases it may take longer. We cannot process payment without proper paperwork including a donation form. If we take out an advertisement in a program, we require an invoice and our terms are 30 days for processing.

Invoices should be sent to: Bull Run Restaurant P.O. Box 1228, 215 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464. 

Apologies but even if we know you well, we are not able to follow up on verbal requests, requests received through Facebook

or other social media, phone calls, emails or ANY other method than through our Front Desk directly. The ONLY way to get results is to come in and fill out a donation request form with complete information during our business hours from Wednesday through Sunday.

Thank you for thinking of us!