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Big Creek Coffee Fundraiser Photo-Edited

When Randy Lint of Big Creek Coffee Roasters on Main Street in Hamilton opened up shop on Saturday, April 5 for a “Spring Fling” and Marcus Daly Hospice fundraiser, he didn’t know exactly what to expect. “I am excited to create a buzz downtown, give back to a great cause, and share my story about my number one supporter and mother-in-law, Barbara Boatwright,” said Randy.

As friends, families and neighbors lined up throughout the morning, it was clear Big Creek Coffee Roasters was the gathering place for the Bitterroot Valley. The corner coffee shop buzzed with chatter as the aroma of freshly brewed coffee filled the air, and the donations flowed in.

More than five hours and 220 cups of coffee later, Big Creek Coffee Roasters had raised over $4000 to help provide care for Hospice patients and their families.

“I never thought about Hospice services – I have been busy living,” Randy said. “But when my best customer and number one supporter needed it, I was moved by how the staff cared for the dying, and the family.”

“Since we opened this morning, we’ve had a line of customers,” said Randy. “This is amazing and fun!”

Customers waited patiently to purchase their beverage and show their respect to the Lint Family and Barbara Boatwright. Dave Harper, artist from Darby, meandered in and offered an original sculpture to auction off in support of Hospice. He, too, had had a family member cared for by Hospice. Then Lifeline Farms donated a case of milk, and Red Rooster came by with a fresh pan of cinnamon rolls.

In addition to the coffee proceeds, donations and auction proceeds going to support Hospice, both Bitterroot Drug and Healthcare Providers Pharmacy gave $300 match donations.

“We’ve always been supporters of Hospice and in our line of business see how important and valuable it is for the families,” said Bitterroot Drug owner Jenny Seifert. Healthcare Providers Pharmacy owners Leon and Jessica Jessop and Deidra Markette echoed the sentiment. Jessica said, “All of us have had family members in Hospice and realize how important Hospice is to the community and to family members.”

By the end of the day, coffee sales, tips, checks, auction, and matching funds topped the $4000 mark. Randy was worn out, but thrilled with the result. “I’m smiling from ear to ear,” he said.

For more information about Hospice Services, call 363-6303 or visit www.marcusdalyhospice.org.

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