Customers help push Graze donations to Ronald McDonald House past $1,700

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Customers who noshed at Graze last week helped raise more than $1,700 for the Ronald McDonald House.

As part of their annual fundraiser, owners of Graze ‘A Place to Eat,’ 5 S. Colville St., and Graze ‘A Drive Thru,’ dedicated 10 percent of their sales to the Ronald McDonald House Spokane, the temporary lodging and support unit for families accessing medical services.

The total was $1,714.17, owner John Lastoskie said. “Couldn’t be happier with the total,” he said via email.

This was the fifth year for the fundraiser. Lastoskie and his wife, Becca, use the event as a way to say thanks for the time they needed Ronald McDonald House Spokane’s services. Their daughter, Frances, was born prematurely and was admitted in the neonatal intensive care unit at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital. The home offers a central family kitchen, private family bedrooms and room for children to play. Families who stay there draw support from one another, as well as Ronald McDonald House staff and volunteers. Frances Lastoskie, by the way, is a healthy elementary-schooler.

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