Through this entire little “countdown” to the Africa, you may have noticed that I have kept a logo at the top of each post that talked about today, Friday, June 28th. There is a reason, and this is the story behind it.
A couple of weeks ago, I met with David Gritton, who is a fabulous marketer for Scooter’s Coffee…we were meeting to talk about ideas for having some outdoor music at the 23rd and Hwy 291 location in Independence, MO. Since Todd Stanley and I have played several coffee shops under the name Stanley and Scholes, I thought it might be an opportunity to work together with Scooter’s. I also recognized that we might be able to use tips from playing and/or promote the music as a benefit for Africa.
When I pitched the idea to David, not only was he okay with it, he got permission for us to take a percentage of the entire day’s sales, plus have the benefit concert as well as a chance to take in more donations. Not only does this embody how amazing the owners of the Scooter’s franchise are, it shows the heart and soul behind Scooter’s…supporting the opportunities their community has to serve the world.
Why am I telling you this? One, I want you to support a business that donates and pours into their community like Scooter’s does. This isn’t the first time, and won’t be the last. Businesses like this make Independence and Kansas City a better place. Also, we want you to be involved! Maybe you live in the metro area, and want to come relax with an evening of outdoor music…bring your lawn chair and come on! While Todd and I won’t be playing, it will be my wife and I with a group of players from our church providing you with a mix of music from today, yesterday, and originals as well…and all for a great cause. The money raised from tips, from sales, and from donations will be used to meet needs in a refugee camp that desperately needs it.
Whether you drink coffee, tea, chai, water, smoothies, or eat brownies, muffins, burritos, or nothing, we want you to be a part of this. We hope to see you 7-9 for the concert, and throughout the day to help raise money!
I would love to hear your favorite coffee/mixed drink at a coffee shop…most creative one wins a prize!