(Editor Note: The following is a Guest Post from Salmon Creek Burgerville General Manager Tony Fleck, regarding their recent ‘Open Mic, Open Doors’ fundraiser for the Council for the Homeless…)

Last Sunday night, our community came together to celebrate, eat some great food, perform, and just have a good old bonding time while raising money for a worthy cause. When it was all said and done, 23 amazing and local talented performers gave it their all to help a family or two get into to a home – something we all can take for granted. It was an amazing turn out and quite a showcase. As in our first three events, Noelani (Melissa Short’s 9 year old daughter) kicked off the show with 15 minutes of her beautiful Cello performance. Next up was Jolene Morrison and her vocal school students. Their nine performances was nothing short of “America’s Got Talent.” The music and celebration went on for more than four hours. They were all truly amazing.

We had representatives from all over our county. Vicki Kraft (State Rep Candidate for the 17th District) came to join the fun and several families from Council for the Homeless, including the Director Andy Silver, came to support the cause. Local Churches, Businesses that sponsored the event, and a lucky few that just happened upon us at the right time all became a part of one group with a common goal. The first car at the drive through at 4:00pm gave a crisp $100 bill to start us off. One family was visiting our area for the first time from Southern California and are natives of the Virgin Islands. They were amazed at the atmosphere, the food (especially the onion rings), and the friendliness of everyone they encountered in our community. Their small children joined other kids and jumped on stage with Lexie Miller (a local pop artist eagerly working her way towards stardom) and began to dance with her as she squatted to their eye level with an ear to ear grin on her face. They truly danced as if no one was watching. There was laughter in the air and Glenn, the DJ, and Chris, the MC, continued to speak about the importance of families having housing and overall supporting the reason we were all gathered. As the night came to an end, our entire team came together and spoke our minds about what had just happened. The vision of our restaurant and the mission of our company came alive before our very eyes. I couldn’t help but think about the families that would benefit, in fact, all of the families on the list. As my eyes watered a little, I couldn’t help but think what a great world we live in and what a great community I have the opportunity to raise my family in.

The total collection with the partnership sales contribution, and personal donations totaled a whopping $1,764.32. And the best part is 100% of these funds will go directly back into the community to help a families from homelessness to home. Hence the event’s title “Open Mic, Open Doors.”

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