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Kudos: Donations to Burger, Fries and Shake Night help Boosters

To the editor:

We would like to thank several companies and individuals who have helped us with our “Burger, Fries and Shake Night” fund-raisers at Ernie’s Coffee Shop.

Since we initiated these fund-raisers six years ago Norm Findley of Crystal Dairy Co. has donated the ice cream for the shakes, Rainbo Baking Co. has donated all the burger buns and Farmer Bros. Coffee has given us the syrups for the shakes. For the “Grad Nite” fund-raisers Buck Barkley of Barkley Meat Co. has donated all the burger patties.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune and KOWL and KRLT radio have done an outstanding job in alerting everyone to these special nights as a public service. Because of the extensive readership of the Tribune as well as the large local audience for KOWL and KRLT these fund-raisers draw significant support from the community.

Without the help of Ernie’s employees who generously donate their time to cook, wash dishes, wait tables and make shakes we wouldn’t be able to give 100 percent of the proceeds to the groups that we are helping. The South Tahoe High School Boosters Club also helps us cover costs when a high school club or sport is involved.

The most difficult task facing us at these fund-raisers is trying to keep up with the French fries. We have only one small fryer and cook as many as 250 orders in a short two hours. Beginning with the recent “Grad Nite” fund-raiser Bob Humason, the new owner of the McDonald’s in town, has generously volunteered to supply us with all the French fries we need. His efficient crew at the Emerald Bay McDonald’s did an excellent job in keeping us supplied with fresh French fires.

As with all community projects, fund-raising is a group effort and we sincerely appreciate all the assistance we receive.

Many thanks.

Paul and Judy Bruso

Ernie’s Coffee Shop

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