With 100 percent of its Oct. 11 profits donated to help victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Burger Works restaurant in Madras raised $2,214 last Thursday.
The event was in conjunction with the Oregon Restaurant Association's Dine for America program. All across Oregon and the nation on Oct. 11, participating restaurants agreed to donate 11 percent of their day's profits to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
Burger Works, however, decided to donate 100 percent of its proceeds because "We just felt it was the right thing to do," said Twyla Rice, who owns the business with her husband Phil.
Gresham resident Mike Zornado, who was returning home after delivering building materials to Bend, was aware of the event when he stopped at Burger Works for lunch.
"I knew about it, and I'm going to eat out tonight to support it too," Zornado said.
Employees also pitched in to help the cause. "All our labor today is donated by employees and ex-employees, including a couple that haven't worked here for seven years. The staff is also donating all their tips from today," Twyla added.
At the days end, the tip jar brought in an extra $150. Staff members volunteering on Thursday were: Teresa Shrauger, Kathy More, Phillip Villa, Kareesa Rice, and Tom Dougherty. Former staff who returned for the event were Korah Dicintio, Connie Miller, Pam Ridgeway, and Eloina Westphal.