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Kaladi Brothers Coffee to Donate all Drink Sales on 1.1.11



ANCHORAGE – Kaladi Brothers Coffee has a long-standing tradition of donating 100 percent of drink sales to local charities on New Year’s Day. The annual event takes a team effort since all the baristas donate their time and only work for tips. The staff even helped to select this year’s charities: Kids’ Kitchen, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Stitches for Love.

“Our goal this year is to donate $15,000 to benefit Kids’ Kitchen in Anchorage and other local charities that have a mission to improve the lives of kids. It’s as simple as ordering a latte or any other Kaladi drink,” said Tim Gravel, president, Kaladi Brothers Coffee

Through Kaladi Kids, an action-based employee program, funds are distributed to various Alaska organizations selected by cafe managers, staff and management of Kaladi Brothers Coffee. Kids’ Kitchen is the primary beneficiary for 2011. Elgin Jones, founder of Kids’ Kitchen, prepares nutritious meals for at least 75 children and teenagers every day. Through Kids’ Kitchen, Jones and volunteers have served 600,000 meals to children in the Fairview, Mountain View, Muldoon and Spenard neighborhoods since 1996.

Funds from the Kaladi Brothers Wasilla Cafe will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the name of Cassie Lacrosse, an employee who worked at the Wasilla café for three years. Staff at the Soldotna cafe decided to donate their New Year's Day proceeds to Stitches of Love, a program allowing Kenai Peninsula quilters to make keepsakes for foster children.

Your local roaster has donated New Year’s Day proceeds to several local charities over the years, including Food Bank of Alaska and Beyond Borders. Kaladi Brothers Coffee raised $10,742 in 2010 and Ma’o Tosi’s AK PRIDE was the major beneficiary of last year’s New Year’s Day giving.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee is an Alaska based coffee company, providing specialty coffee and service to the community since 1986.

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