Dutch Bros.' java sales to benefit kids

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Walla Walla's Dutch Bros. Coffee will join the company Friday in its effort to make a difference in local communities -- one cup at a time.

The "Buck for Kids Day" will dedicate proceeds from beverage sales to children's organizations. All 156 Dutch Bros. locations in seven states will reportedly participate.

The Walla Walla Dutch Bros., owned by Dave Beamer at 630 S. Ninth Ave., will donate its funds to the Walla Walla YMCA.

The promotion is part of the company's "Give Back to the Community" program.

Last year Dutch Bros. contributed nearly $68,000 to local children's organizations on Buck for Kids Day, according to an announcement from the Oregon-based company.

The donations are part of the mission of the company, founded in 1992 by brothers Travis and the late Dane Boersma. In addition to fundraiser days for nonprofit organizations, the company reinvests 1 percent of its annual gross sales back into communities.

More than $1 million was donated to nonprofit organizations in 2009.

Santa Claus is coming to Milton-Freewater this weekend.

Pendleton Grain Growers will host the jolly old elf Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The retail destination for hardware, livestock equipment and much more at 217 E. Broadway St. invites families, as well as pets, to the store for a photo with Santa.

Waterbrook Winery will be the stage Saturday for a benefit concert to support the Friends of Children of Walla Walla program.

"Cool-Yule Holiday Cabaret" will be a showcase of foot-tapping, finger-snapping holiday tunes, according to an announcement.

Friends Executive Director Mark Brown will be among the evening's performers.

Others slated to perform include Jennifer Northam, Gary Romjue, Brian Griffith and special guest Emily Riley.

Tickets are $20-$28. A selection of fine finger foods and wine-tasting samples will be served. Showtimes are 7 and 9 p.m. at Waterbrook, 10518 W. U.S. Highway 12.

A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit Friends, the nonprofit mentoring organization that helps children throughout the Walla Walla Valley develop safe, youth-focused friendships with adults.

Tickets are available by calling 522-1262.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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