Beaverton company raises funds to support a valued customer

January 21, 2013 by  

Companies often claim to treat their customers like family, but one Beaverton, Oregon, coffee house is going beyond the talk and putting the theory into practice, holding a fundraiser last month.

It has been around a year since Tina Thompson and Mike Gonzales, co-owners of the Dutch Bros. Coffee stand in Beaverton, were distressed to learn that their longtime regular customer, Luis Lopez, had received the devastating diagnosis of leukemia.

Lopez had been coming to Dutch Bros. faithfully since Thompson and Gonzales opened their location about four years ago, and the two joked about regarding him as family. They were extremely concerned, then, when they learned about the worsening health of their friend, whom they described as a hard worker and a good person.

Lopez underwent several unsuccessful treatments for the condition, and finally settled on a bone marrow transplant as the option most likely to be successful. The catch is that the procedure costs more than a half-million dollars, which is why Thompson and Gonzales decided to step in and donate some of their profits to help him.

They decided on Monday, December 17, 2012, as the date of their fundraiser. They planned to donate 30% of their proceeds from that day’s sales to help Lopez cover his medical costs. The effort ran from 5:30 am to 10:00 pm on that date at the Dutch Bros. at 8940 SW Hall Boulevard.

Thompson and Gonzales might have worked with a flyer printer to have flyers explaining Lopez’s condition and their fundraising efforts made to be distributed to all coffee shops, restaurants, and similar venues throughout Beaverton.