No Coast Sushi and Kannah Creek Brewing Company give back to Grand Junction nonprofits
Tears streamed down Elizabeth Boyd’s face as she remembered the financial impact from No Coast Sushi’s first Give Back Event, held last year. It raised just over $10,000 from food and drink purchases for six local charities, including Roice-Hurst Humane Society, The House, and Mesa Land Trust.
“It’s [about] supporting the people around us who support us,” Boyd, No Coast’s co-owner, said.
This year’s monthly Give Back Nights will benefit Super Rad Art Jam, Mended Little Hearts, Delaney Donates, Hero Junction, and CLAWS Rescue and Adoption Center. The first event is planned for Aug. 19, raising funds for Super Rad Art Jam at both No Coast locations (1119 N. First St., Grand Junction, and 229 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita). Other events will be planned, one a month, throughout the remainder of the year.
According to Boyd, she hopes to raise even more for local nonprofits in 2014 with two locations participating, as opposed to just one. No Coast’s Fruita location opened approximately six months ago.
No Coast Sushi will also donate a catered dinner to Fruita’s Children’s Nature Center and Mosaic “to benefit volunteers and donors,” restaurant spokeswoman Vanessa Gross said. “I am so stoked to be working with these groups.”
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KANNAH CREEK GIVES BACK, TOO
No Coast Sushi isn’t the only restaurant giving back to Grand Valley nonprofits. Kannah Creek Brewing Company also regularly schedules fundraisers for community groups and individuals at both the 12th Street and Edgewater Brewery locations.
Kannah’s Firkin Fundraiser, which started in November 2012, happens on the first Monday of the month with the tapping of a Firkin beer. One-hundred percent of sales from the Firkin goes straight to a group of Kannah’s choosing. Since starting, Firkin Fundraisers collected more than $17,000 for local nonprofits, including Riverside Educational Center, Child and Migrant Services, and Steadfast Steeds.
Edgewater Brewery regularly hosts Bottled Beer Give Back events, too, selling a variety of bottled beers to benefit organizations with ties to the Riverside Trail (which runs near Edgewater’s location). For every $2 bottle sold, $1 was donated to groups like Mesa Land Trust, the Riverfront Commission, and Mesa County Search and Rescue.
For the past two years, Edgewater additionally hosted Grand Junction’s annual St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving event, which brought in more than $50,000 this year for childhood cancer research.
“I think the Grand Valley is a really cool town [because] they care so much for helping everyone else,” Kannah Creek’s marketing coordinator Katlin Birdsall said. “It’s a really cool way to give back to those who have helped us.”
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