Dutch Bros. Coffee fights Muscular Dystrophy

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A cup of coffee never provided so much relief.

Dutch Bros. Coffee raised more than $110,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its companywide annual fundraiser late last month.

The Grants Pass-based coffee chain, hosts the fundraiser in honor of late co-founder Dane Boersma, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as ALS -- and died late last year. This year's record-breaking donation was $30,000 more than last year's contribution.

The Ninth Avenue Dutch Bros. operation is owned by Dave Beamer.

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It's a fiesta fit for a kid. Or, at least, to benefit some.

Presents for children will be the focus of a gathering Saturday at El Sombrero in Milton-Freewater.

The Milton-Freewater Shrine Club will collect new wrapped toys and wrapped stuffed toys 5-8 p.m. at the restaurant, 190 S. Main St. Participants will receive $2 off every combination plate with each toy or other donation.

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Prepare for a bigger menu at the Red Monkey Downtown Lounge.

The Alder Street lounge has added eight new melt sandwiches to its plate of offerings, said owner Juston Watson.

He said the sandwiches are made with thick pieces of double-grilled French bread and mounds of toppings and specialty cheeses. The staff favorite so far: the Hot Italian, made with salami, ham, pepperoni, sun-dried tomato pesto, minced garlic, provolone and mozzarella.

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Walla Walla Certified public accountant Thomas P. Sawatzki has been awarded the Accredited in Business Valuation credential by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The credential is given to qualified CPAs with considerable professional experience in business valuation. Sawatzki, a valuation and financial forensics accountant, met a number of stringent requirements to earn the designation.

In addition to a rigorous daylong exam, he had to demonstrate significant experience in business valuation and completed a minimum of 45 hours of lifelong learning and education activities in business valuation.

The credential is given to CPAs in good standing of the AICPA, which binds them to the organization's code of professional conduct.

Sawatzki specializes in working with attorneys in Eastern Washington in litigation cases with a financial element to be resolved.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.

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