Dealership Spotlight: Rite Bite Fundraising

on May 22, 2020

The dealership we’re featuring this month is one of our largest, Rite Bite Fundraising. They’ve been with the Butter Braid® brand for two decades, but their connection to the brand started long before that. From the very beginning, Rite Bite Fundraising has gone the extra mile to make the groups they serve feel like part of their family.


Leann Schambach knew about Butter Braid pastries from the very beginning. Leann is the sister of Ken Banwart; Ken and his wife, Marlene, are the founders of the Butter Braid brand. When Ken and Marlene first created the product, Leann and her husband had owned a floral shop for over 30 years, so they knew the ins and outs of running their own business. As time went on, the Schambach family became more and more interested in the idea of becoming part of the Butter Braid brand. This was especially true for one of Leann’s sons, BJ Schambach. BJ was going to school and trying to decide on a career path. That’s when Leann suggested he consider starting his own fundraising dealership. Leann and BJ looked into the opportunity and knew it was too good to pass up. BJ and Leann started Rite Bite Fundraising in 2000. Shortly after, Leann’s other son, Lynwood Schambach, would join his family in the business.

Changes to the Dealership

Rite Bite Fundraising has gone through a lot of changes in the last 20 years. When the business started, the Schambachs were working out of their home; products were stored in five chest freezers in the garage, and there were only two part-time workers. Now, Rite Bite Fundraising has three walk-in freezers, multiple trucks and trailers, and eight full-time employees. The Schambachs went from house freezers to renting freezer box trucks and freezer space at a local ice cream manufacturer. After they outgrew that space, they rented a semi-trailer and parked it in a rented dock space. Finally, they moved to their current location in Elburn, Illinois with walk-in freezers, a loading dock, and office space all in one location.

Fundraising Groups

Since the Butter Braid brand is so much a part of the Schambach family, they always make sure to treat their groups like family. Like any family, they do whatever they can to see that their groups do the best they can to reach their goals. BJ, Lynwood, Leann, and their team strive for customer satisfaction, and they always go above and beyond for each one of their groups. That’s how they’ve helped so many great causes raise over $15 million.

Rite Bite Fundraising’s dedication to their groups is appreciated by everyone they work with. Erin, a group leader, said, “I can’t say enough good things about Rite Bite and their team. They are friendly, kind, bend over backwards to ensure a successful fundraising event, and help correct errors without questions even when the error is your fault (the error has never been on their end)! I have been working with them for five years and every single person there has been absolutely wonderful. Thanks for making fundraising for our school so easy!”

Get Fundraising Today!

We have been very fortunate to have Rite Bite Fundraising as part of our dealership family for the last 20 years. They are a dedicated dealership who would love to have your group become a part of their fundraising family. If you are in the Northern Illinois, Northeast Iowa, or Wisconsin area, they can help make your next fundraiser the best one you’ve ever had.

And, if you are still trying to make up all the time we’ve lost due to recent world events, just remember these words from BJ Schambach, “Spring 2020 had proven to be a difficult time for many of us and, hopefully, given us some time to reflect. It has shown us that we don’t always have control of our circumstances, but we have the choice to make the best of them. Hopefully, we can look back on this time as a blessing in disguise and a reason to be thankful!”

Get connected with Rite Bite Fundraising today!



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Turn a Butter Braid® Pastry Box into Craft Storage

on May 13, 2020

Do you need a use for that Butter Braid® pastry box you’ve been keeping around? It’s time to start repurposing them! All it takes is some duct tape and some scissors. Great for the crafty mom, daycare provider, school teacher, or anyone who needs storage for art supplies! Let’s turn this box into a craft opportunity! Just follow the directions below to make yours today.


First step is to cut off the top 4 panels. T

Now, take the longest two panels and cut enough off so they can slide down into the box (the short way) to create “compartments.” This will create 3 different compartments.

Next, take the duct tape and start to wrap it around the box until the whole thing is covered.

For this box, we decided to store some art/craft supplies: crayons, colored pencils, and markers! It’s a great way for the kids to have easy access to the supplies while keeping them organized.

Happy crafting!

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Butter Braid® Pastry Reviews: Stories from Our Customers

on May 8, 2020

The Butter Braid® brand’s mission is all about “Sharing the Good.” That’s why it’s our tagline! We’ve been sharing our products with people across the nation for over 25 years. And those people are glad we do because they want to share it too! Don’t take our word for it. Our customers will tell you themselves; they can’t get enough of Butter Braid products. Check out this list of Butter Braid pastry customer reviews!

Butter Braid Pastry Reviews
  1. “WOW!!! Wow is not enough to describe how much I love Butter Braid pastries. How can I find fundraisers selling these marvelous braids? I will travel. They are absolutely the best! I have to have more. Please help me find more braids!” – Alyce, Illinois  
  2. “As my daughter put it, ‘This is what God must eat in Heaven.’ We purchased a couple of Butter Braid pastries, and we could not believe how wonderful they were. My wife and I are thinking these would be great holiday gifts.” – Raymundo, Mississippi  
  3. “A co-worker was selling these for her daughter’s band group, and I bought a few (7). I gave them as gifts and kept some for myself. Everyone loved these including myself and I would truly like to have some more.” – Faye, Minnesota 
  4. “I remember my mom making these for me when I was growing up. I have made them for my kids, and they love them as much as I do. Thank you so much for helping to continue a family tradition.” – Season, Iowa 
  5. “The smell of my braid baking was WOW! The tender, flaky, sweet pastry is my new wow! I’m so stoked I bought them to share with my family! I will be buying more.” – Tabatha, Tennessee 
  6. “I sold these for my daughter at work and they are awesome. Not only are my coworkers wanting more, but I am too. I ordered 15 of these for my home and they lasted about 2 weeks – we were making 2 a day.” – Patricia, Kentucky 
  7. “I purchased this from one of our local churches; it really went way past my expectations! This was absolutely wonderful, and I will be recommending this product to all who want to participate in a fundraiser! GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!” – Tiffany, Louisiana 
  8. “I have never tasted anything so DELICIOUS! My husband and I ordered two Butter Braid pastries for the first time through our nine-year-old niece, and all I can say is the pastries are unbelievable! They taste just like I baked them from scratch! I will forever continue to be a loyal customer of the Butter Braid brand, and next time my niece sells them I intend to stock up! Thank so much for such a wonderful and deliciously amazing product!” – Dorian, Colorado 
  9. “This was the first fundraiser our school had done with Butter Braid pastries. The experience was incredible! Not only was the product amazing, but the Butter Braid company was fantastic to work with. The fundraiser went off without a hitch and we made a fabulous profit for our school!” – Beth, North Carolina 
  10. “My daughter is raising money to go to New York with her middle school and we would like to sell Butter Braid pastries. Everyone loves Butter Braid pastries.” – Trisha, Montana 

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