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Kaladi Brothers Coffee Donates More Than $10,000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 2, 2010

COFFEE WITH A CAUSE
ANCHORAGE – Alaskans have once again stepped up to give back to the community. It is tradition for Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company to donate 100 percent of all sales on New Year's Day. This year, the funds were endowed to Kaladi Kids, an employee action group focused on improving the lives of local youth.

Through the generosity of Alaskans, Kaladi Kids raised a total of $10,742.04. This is a 50 percent increase over the total donation from 1/1/2009. The money raised will go to the following organizations: AK Pride                          6,314.37
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation            1,085.85
Soldotna Community Playground         841.82


“Every year, we are humbled by the willingness of Alaskans to give back. It is an honor to do business in a giving community,” said Brad Bigelow, owner of Kaladi Brothers Coffee.

Through Kaladi Kids, funds are distributed to various organizations selected by senior staff and cafe managers of Kaladi Brothers Coffee. Anchorage cafes will donate a portion of proceeds to AK Pride, a youth program aimed at improving the lives of Anchorage Youth. AK Pride program leader Ma’o Tosi said the donation will allow him to start programs right away.
Proceeds from the Kaladi Brothers Wasilla Cafe were donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the name of Cassie Lacrosse, an employee who worked at the Wasilla Cafe for three years. Managers at the Soldotna cafe decided to donate their New Year's Day proceeds to build a Soldotna Community Playground. Additional funds will be given to local youth support organizations throughout the year.

“Kaladi Kids would like to thank all Kaladi Brothers Coffee employees for donating their pay on New Year’s Day. We would also like to thank all of our “Tweeps” on Twitter and “Facebook  Friends” for supporting our giving efforts,” said Tim Gravel, owner of Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company.

The Kaladi roasters at the headquarters in Anchorage are cranking out nearly 1 million pounds a year of premium, air-roasted coffee. The company has 12 locations throughout Alaska and one in Seattle, Washington.

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