Saloon taps into patrons’ good will

December 22, 2008

By Chantelle Lusebrink

H&H regulars donate more than $500, bins of toys to charity

Patrons of the H&H Saloon opened their hearts and wallets for children in need of Christmas presents this year.  

“We wanted to do something to help the kids this season,” said Joy Hale, an H&H bartender for nine years. 

Hale and another bartender, Steve Waine, posted flyers for a Dec. 13 event and booked two bands, Flyte, who Steve’s father plays for, and Rusty Hand Luke. 

Amid the classic rock music blaring, the bar’s patrons donated $550 and more than five large bins full of toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. 

Nearly 90 people filled the H&H Saloon that night, which is nearly the establishment’s capacity, Hale said. 

“One person threw in $50 to our plastic pitcher for tips,” Hale said. “It made me feel so good, that even with the way the economy is, that people were so giving.” 

The event was special for Hale in other ways as well. 

“The Marines started the Toys for Tots drive and my father was a Marine, but he passed away about a year ago,” Hale said. “Someone brought up the idea and I thought it would be nice to do something for my dad that he’d been involved with.”

The two bands donated their profits from the event and all of their tips toward the benefit as well, Hale said. 

Bar owner Jerry Maesner matched the cash donations, bringing the total up to $1,100 to help fund the program. 

“It was a really great event and went over very well,” Maesner said. “I couldn’t believe we collected so many toys or gathered that much money.”  

It went over so well that the staff at the H&H is already planning their next charity event, which will happen in February with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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